May 23, 2022

American Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Releases Final Report on Library Liaison Roles

From an Announcement by ARL’s Judy Ruttenberg:

The Association of Research Libraries is pleased to release the final report of a pilot Library Liaison Institute organized by Columbia University Libraries, Cornell University Libraries, and the University of Toronto Libraries, and held at Cornell University in June 2015. Nearly 50 liaison librarians from the three Association member institutions convened in Ithaca, New York, for two days to examine—through a mix of presentations and active learning experiences—future models for structuring liaison work, and to discuss ways to measure the impact of liaison work on fulfilling the mission of the university.

The report, authored by Library Liaison Institute organizers Barbara Rockenbach, director, Humanities and History Libraries, Columbia University Libraries; Judy Ruttenberg, program director, Association of Research Libraries; Kornelia Tancheva, associate university librarian for Research and Learning Services, Cornell University Libraries; and Rita Vine, head, Faculty and Student Engagement at the University of Toronto Libraries, summarizes the institute and offers critical reflections and recommendations for reorganizing liaison work as well as guidance for offering fu)ure Library Liaison Institutes.

Direct to Final Report: Association of Research Libraries/Columbia University/Cornell University/University of Toronto Pilot Library Liaison Institute (34 pages; PDF)

Additional Resources

New Roles for New Times Report on Liaison Librarians (17 pages; PDF)
August, 2013.

SPEC Kit on the Evolution of Library Liaisons
November 2013
Executive summary (free), full text kit is fee-based.

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