May 21, 2022

A New Issue Brief From Ithaka S+R: “Rethinking Liaison Programs for the Humanities”

Rethinking Liaison Programs for the Humanities (issue brief) was published by Ithaka S+R today. The paper is based in part on a talk given by the co-authors at CNI, Spring 2017.


The Rethinking Liaison Programs for the Humanities


Danielle Cooper
Ithaka S+R

Roger C. Schonfeld
Ithaka S+R

From the Introduction

2017-07-26_12-57-51For generations, most research libraries have had employees with deep subject expertise. Once known as bibliographers, these scholars and librarians originally focused their efforts on selection for collection building. Today, there is real anxiety about the role of subject expertise and academic liaisons in research libraries. We argue that evidence about scholars’ practices and needs should be a key input into reorganizing library subject expertise.

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