The model of library liaisons dedicated to serving particular disciplines and
cohorts is regularly mentioned by our campus partners as effective and valuable.
While the potential of the library liaisons is clear, a re-conceptualization of the
model is underway at Berkeley, as it is in most of our organizations.
Integrating the Liaison into the Curriculum
At Berkeley, library liaisons are assigned to each academic program and
department and the Berkeley Library culture traditionally mirrored the faculty
culture with its emphasis on subject
specialization. This emphasis was reshaped
several years ago when we extended the library
liaison model to include academic support units
(i.e. Academic Achievement Programs, Centers
for Transfer, Re-entry and Student Parents;
Educational Technology Services; Graduate
Student Instructor Teaching and Resource Center; Undergraduate Research
Apprenticeship Program).
Further shifts in thinking about the librarian role in education arose from a
six-year initiative focused on enhancing undergraduate education and supporting
a community of faculty dedicated to teaching and learning.3 Our experience with
the Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research initiative—
funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with co-principal
investigators from the University Library and Vice Provost’s Office—gave the
Library increased insight about challenges, opportunities, and value of richer
instructional partnerships.
The initiative provided library staff with the opportunity to elevate their role
in contributing to the campus’ teaching mission. Supporting individual faculty
selected for the program each year, library liaisons were part of Implementation
Teams with an educational technologist, a pedagogical specialist from the
Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center, and an assessment
specialist. Throughout the year the librarians honed their skills for collaboration
and project management, and were pushed into less familiar instructional
terrain, analyzing draft assignments and recommending alternatives that would
more effectively benefit student learning in the process of research rather than
simply focusing on differences between sources and the mechanics of searching
various databases.
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I can attest to the crucial role of librarians with
professional backgrounds and expertise related to
assessment, instructional design, learning
outcomes, and pedagogy as applied in traditional
and e-learning environments.
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