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Toolkit for Library Liaisons

Liaison's Role in Instruction

Instruction Session


One of the roles of Librarian Liaisons is to offer instruction on specific library resources and services for their assigned    Liaison Departments, Colleges and/or Programs. Liaison Librarians may also partner to offer instruction in non-liaison areas, due to the increasing interdisciplinary nature of research.

One way Liaison Librarians can introduce themselves, and mention Library Instruction opportunities, is by sending a welcome letter at the beginning of each Fall Semester. Contacting the Department Faculty Liaison by phone, email or scheduling an in-person meeting, are other ways to establish the liaison relationship and build rapport.

Resources for Instruction

Toolkit

  • There are two classrooms in Central Library which the Liaison can schedule for instruction sessions.
    • 315-A comfortably seats 30 people and has the ability to capture/record your session
    • B-20 comfortably seats 20 people [Note: B20 is not available pending 1st floor renovations.]
    • Reserve a room for instruction using Outlook. [Instructions forthcoming. Contact Martin Wallace for help booking a library classroom.]
  • Library Instruction Foundations Training (LIFT), https://libguides.uta.edu/LIFT/home  [We are aware of the broken link and are looking into it.]
  • Liaisons can enhance their knowledge of specialized software (eg. Adobe Creative Suite) to create multimedia projects, assignments or other course-related activities using UTA's subscription to the LinkedIn Learning platform..
  • Liaison Librarians can have a variety of software installed on their desktops and laptops that can be used to design online course tools for presentation of specific resources.
    • Liaisons should first check their MyApps.uta.edu portal to see what software is already available to them.
    • Liaisons should visit the OIT Software List and then submit a help ticket through ServiceNow to request any of the software listed.
    • Liaisons are encouraged to contact members of the User Success Services Team for advice and guidance in producing online tutorials, etc.
    • Liaisons are encouraged to contact members of the Experiential Learning and Outreach Team for advice and guidance in creating and improving instruction & curriculum.
  • Liaison Librarians have developed Subject and Topic Guides for many disciplines and topics that offer a wealth of information for instruction sessions.

Logging Instruction and Presentations

  1. Login to LibApps, and from the main dropdown menu, select LibInsight, as shown in the image on the right.

LigApps Main Menu

  1. From LibInsight, find the "Record Data to" dropdown menu and select "Presentation and Instruction Statistics" as shown in the image below.

LibInsight screenshot

  1. Use the resulting form to log your instruction sessions and presentations.

Liaison Instruction Opportunities

   

Liaison OpportunitiesLiaison Librarians can identify opportunities for Instruction by interaction with Faculty.

Here are a few examples:

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  • Faculty research questions at service points or in LibChat Virtual Reference may also present an ideal opportunity, not only to address their specific query, but also to schedule an instruction session related to their question (i.e. database selections and search strategies).
  • Orientations: Contact your assigned Liaison areas, and determine if new faculty/student orientations or receptions are being held at the beginning of semesters at which Library Resources and Services can be presented.
  • Take the opportunity to talk with Faculty about instruction at meetings, receptions, faculty meetings, academic presentations and other venues which Faculty attend.
  • Course-Integrated Instruction: Review the course offerings and syllabi each semester to determine which classes might afford instruction opportunities, i.e. those classes which are writing intensive, those courses which specifically indicate the course requires library research or a capstone project, courses that could take advantage of our archives and special collections, and courses that could take advantage of technology in the dataCAVE, the FabLab, or the MAD Studio [link forthcoming, pending website updates]. The Liaison Librarian then contacts the Faculty member(s) teaching these courses, to ascertain if an instruction component would be appropriate, and personally schedules the instruction session.
  • Liaisons are encouraged to contact members of the Experiential Learning and Outreach Team for advice and guidance in creating and improving instruction & curriculum, particularly when it come to course integrated instruction.
  • Liaisons are encouraged to contact members of the User Success Services Team for advice and guidance in producing online tutorials, etc.