Task Force Examines Liaison Librarian Program

Posted: April 1, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

In an effort to evaluate the Liaison Librarian Program, a task force comprising library staff from the four university libraries will be collecting information this spring, beginning with separate faculty and student focus groups. The group’s charge is to develop and submit recommendations to University Librarian John Zenelis by the beginning of the fall 2002 semester.

“The Liaison Librarian Program is one of the libraries’ acknowledged strengths,” says Zenelis. “However, we seem to lack a common definition and understanding of the program’s specific mission, goals, and outcomes. As we plan for the future we need to make certain that our priorities and activities are aligned with current and emerging needs of the academic programs, especially within the context of a distributed university such as George Mason.”

As currently constructed, the Librarian Liaison Program has more than 20 reference and instructional services librarians who are assigned liaison responsibilities based on their subject expertise. They serve 61 academic departments, schools, and programs.

This month, the task force will distribute a written survey to a sample of about 300 faculty members. In addition, the task force will survey library staff to ascertain their views on the program. “We’ll be asking questions about what works and what doesn’t, and we’re especially interested in what the faculty thinks future needs will be,” says Maureen Connors, social sciences liaison librarian and task force co-chair.

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