Fund Raising
Exhibit and Event Planning, and
Leadership
The ten elements of the Position Description Framework articulate ten key
roles for liaisons. Each element poses different challenges for redefinition.
Some are relatively well understood and involve broadening the role to a
wider range of staff. For others there are internal or external models that can
be applied. Other roles represent virgin territory where the organization must
grapple with how to move into the terrain. Implementing the Framework has
required somewhat different strategies for different areas. Some elements
focus on improving individual skills while others call on staff to work
collaboratively with colleagues, faculty, and other campus professionals in
new ways.
Lest this seem overwhelming, note that not all of the roles require the
same amount of time to fulfill. Two key liaison activities in fund raising, for
example, are generating funding ideas for use by the development officer and
the grant writer (who are not librarians) and spending time with potential and
key donors. These are important, but not time consuming, activities.
As we develop a framework for new roles, we must be aware that even
our more traditional roles are undergoing significant changes. The University
of Minnesota has developed seven undergraduate student learning outcomes
(SLOs) for all undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota Twin
Cities. While all seven could be library related, the second, “can locate and
critically evaluate information,” clearly calls for our involvement. To reach our
approximately 32,000 undergraduates, we need models that scale. The one-
shot invited lecture, a staple in most librarians’ instructional toolkits, does not.
We are challenged to engage with faculty (who are participating in the
required course mapping for learning outcomes) in designing integrated
learning experiences for students that will help them develop their skills over
the course of their undergraduate careers. This partnership role is one very
different from that of invited guest lecturer.
Support for Change
The Framework clarified and created a shared understanding of new roles, but
developing the needed capabilities is a different challenge. The addition of
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