position descriptions in alignment with institutional goals and hire the right
staff. And, in turn we must develop staff education efforts to support new
roles and implement appropriate performance evaluation systems. At the
University of Minnesota we have been working for several years now to
transform the roles of University Libraries’ and reconceive essential
infrastructure to support those roles.
A New Position Description Framework
The liaison model is still very powerful, with librarians possessing both
subject expertise and strong knowledge of the interests, activities, and
priorities of local faculty and academic departments. The ability to build
strong relationships is critical for most of the identified new roles and is
something that good liaisons have always done well. For the last three years,
we have been engaged in reinventing the liaison model. Key to our process
has been the Position Description Framework, a document that serves as the
foundation for all librarian position descriptions. This framework redefines
traditional roles (the “holy trinity” of reference,
instruction, and collection development
mentioned elsewhere in this issue by Kara
Whatley) and integrates the new roles that
librarians increasingly find themselves
occupying. A key challenge we face in this
process is that it is not unusual to find
ourselves occupying and defining a new role at the same time. The Library
Department Directors and I used an iterative process to create the framework.
We wrote an initial draft, which was distributed to liaisons. Their comments
and suggestions were then incorporated into the document. The Framework
has evolved to encompasses ten areas:
Campus Engagement
Content/Collection Development and Management
Teaching and Learning
Scholarly Communication
E-Scholarship and Digital Tools
Reference/Help Services
Outreach (to the local community)
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...it is not unusual to find ourselves occupying and
defining a new role at the same time.
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