99 SPEC Kit 352: Collection Assessment
Iowa Framework for Liaison/Subject Librarians (excerpts)
4. Conduct needs assessment as appropriate and selectively measure instructional
outcomes in order to ensure effectiveness of instructional initiatives.
5. Develop and manage physical and/or online learning spaces.
6. Identify areas where new online learning and digital tools can place the Libraries into
the flow of teaching, learning and research, with particular emphasis on ICON, the
University’s course management system
7. Actively participate in the development, coordination and integration of online tools in
support of teaching, learning and research.
Collection Development and Management
1. Build and manage library collections in assigned subject areas:
o Systematically selecting material in all formats (print, manuscripts, digital, data
sets, fixed and streaming multimedia), to serve the current and future research,
teaching, and learning needs of University of Iowa clientele.
o Building on collections of distinction that may also serve regional, national and
international users.
o Managing collection funds efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner.
2. Strategically assess and make decisions regarding the acquisition, retention and
preservation of collections.
3. Discover and recruit institutional scholarly output, research data and other content for
inclusion in the University Libraries’ digital collections.
4. As opportunities arise, develop and maintain relationships with dealers and donors (of
both in-kind and monetary gifts.
5. Work proactively with IT, technical and access services staff on appropriate
arrangement, description, cataloging and provision of access to traditional collections
and electronic resources, such as LibGuides.
Scholarly Communication
1. Educate and inform faculty, graduate students, and campus administrators about
scholarly communication issues. Examples include:
o Helping faculty and graduate students to understand their rights as authors
o Contributing content to copyright and/or scholarly communication web sites
o Make faculty and graduate students aware of alternative publication models in
their discipline.
o Advocate for sustainable models of scholarly communication.
o Assist in the development and creation of tools and services to facilitate
scholarly communication.
2. Institutional Repository (IROnline) and Digital Initiatives. Examples include:
o Help administrators, faculty, and students understand the role of the
institutional repository in building and preserving digital collections
o Work with faculty and departments to promote the institutional repository as a
scholarly communication tool
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