64 · Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
26. Does your library support collaborative, team-based problem solving through its liaison program?
Yes, we encourage liaisons to share expertise in order to solve problems collaboratively 62 97%
Not yet, but we are planning to start encouraging this sort of work in the next 1–3 years 2 3%
No, there is no structure in place to support collaborative liaison work 0 0%
Comments N=10
Along with evidence-based practice support
Department meetings offer a forum for liaisons to discuss issues and hear feedback from colleagues on how to best
address a situation. These conversations are always interesting and productive as the group shares their experiences.
Increasingly, we see faculty needs that benefit from expertise coming from different parts of the library: subject
specialists, data and text specialists, copyright specialists, GIS specialists, and so on. This leads to three-way
conversations: researcher, traditional liaison librarian, other specialist.
Not sure what this is referring to. Our liaisons collaborate with one another to solve problems, etc. and share solutions.
Our organizational structure brings subject and functional specialists together in a single department, and these
librarians collaborate in nearly all their work.
Representative liaisons manage collection development via subject teams. Liaisons with the same subject responsibilities
work across universities. Representative liaisons meet monthly as members of the User Services Council, Library
Resources Council, and the Committee on Scholarly Communication.
Structure for this is emerging. We are intentionally trying to create conversation and collaborative units NOT structured
around campus library staffing but rather around disciplinary clusters across libraries.
We create cross-functional project-based teams.
We have journal clubs for liaisons on topics such as education and we have liaison gatherings such as pizza parties
and picnics.
Yes, we are doing this, but in an unstructured and not robust manner.
27. Has the liaison role at your library undergone recent changes? N=67
Yes, we have recently incorporated changes into our liaison roles 49 73%
Not yet, but we are currently planning changes to our liaison roles 12 18%
No, and there are no plans to incorporate any changes 6 9%
If yes or you are planning changes, please briefly describe the most significant changes to liaison
roles and responsibilities. N=56
Added consultation for scholarly impacts, open access, intellectual property issues, and support of
institutional repository.
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