Each academic department and many interdisciplinary programs have an assigned library liaison. Your liaison strives to make your experience using library services as easy as possible.

For faculty, this means

Buying Materials. Each liaison manages the materials budget for their assigned departments. E-mail any specific book or video requests to your liaison, and they’ll see that it gets ordered. Liaisons also collect requests for new journals and databases, which are funded centrally. They also communicate with you about any changes that may affect the collection in your subject, for instance, storage decisions or trials of potential new database subscriptions.

Class Visits. Liaisons can visit your class to instruct students on how to find information for completing research assignments. Each lesson plan is tailored to your course assignments, and may also include a webpage specific to your class. You can schedule sessions lasting from 15 minutes to two entire class periods. Sessions can be held in your classroom or in a library classroom. We strongly encourage faculty to invite us to visit FYS courses.

Single Point of Contact. We hope you have time to meet all the wonderful staff who can put materials on reserve, give advice on author’s rights or check out a video camera for you. However, we realize that sometimes you don’t know where to start. If you just remember to contact your liaison, they can connect you with the appropriate library service point.

For students, this means

Personal Research Sessions. You can schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian one-on-one or with a small group to work on any step of the research process, but especially finding sources. If you would like a Personal Research Session with a librarian, the liaison that corresponds to your subject area will meet with you.

LIB200 series. Students who have already declared a major or minor can take one of the LIB200 courses. Each 1.5-hour elective course is tailored to a different broad discipline area and is taught by one or more liaisons in that area.

  • LIB210 Social Science Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB220 Science Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB230 Business & Accounting Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB240 History, Politics & Legal Research Sources & Strategies
  • LIB250 Humanities Research Sources & Strategies