– Be visible
– Show interest
– Build relationships
– Respond promptly
– Support colleagues
They gave examples of how each of these had contributed to a growing and active liaison program.
Finally, I attended Nina Exner’s talk “Engaging with Faculty Over Research”. Nina is the Assistant Head of Reference and Library Instruction at North Carolina A&T State University and a member of the BLINC Executive Committee. Her talk about supporting faculty research was a revelation as she discussed aspects of liaison work that I’d never before considered. She walked the audience through the phases of the research cycle and discussed various ways librarians could support faculty at each one. She described the phases thusly and provided ideas on service we can provide for each one:
– Literature search
– Funding (grant search)
At NC A&T, librarians provide support in a variety of formats directly or in partnership with the research assistance office including:
– Stand alone workshops
– Literature review searches
– Open/public access requirements and metadata support
– Cross referrals for consultations
Nina is available and willing to talk with librarians about this work and I think she’d make an excellent speaker for a future liaison meeting.