38 · SPEC Kit 301
“Overview of collection development procedures, scholarly communication issues, preservation issues,
mentoring from experienced liaisons in ways to communicate with faculty and students, instruction training
and team teaching, reference training, if necessary.”
“Part of their collection development orientation.”
“Peer training. They are paired with experienced colleagues for about a year.”
“Provided by Collection Management Head.”
“Senior subject librarians train new liaisons; sessions on fund management; sessions on new tools and
“The heads are responsible for this activity. As well there is training in the form of workshops for collections
work including assessments and other collections activities.”
“The Reference Department provides training in reference and instruction; the Collection Development
Department provides training in collection development. Liaison responsibilities are included as part of the
“There are training sessions for collection development responsibilities. Supervisors meet with the new liaisons
about their responsibilities and experienced librarians serve as mentors.”
“There is an orientation and subsequent mentoring of new liaisons.”
“There would be training on things like selection/collections work for the department, but it’s really more of a
mentoring rather than training role, e.g., buddying up on instruction.”
“They meet in small group training sessions with relevant library staff, currently this involves 13–14 sessions.”
“This will be more systematic once we move to a major liaison restructuring.”
“Training in functional responsibilities in collection management, research and instructional services; training
in outreach techniques.”
“Training is presently inadequate but there are plans for a more rigorous orientation and mentoring system.”
“Training on liaison activities is provided as part of their collection development orientation. There is also
ongoing discussion on enhancing their liaison skills in collection development, instruction, and reference.”
“Training provided for acquisitions/collection development.”
“Training varies by unit, but usually includes introductions to department chairs and/or deans, overviews of
liaison services, meetings with other liaisons, and/or formal sessions with the liaison coordinator in the unit.
Liaisons are also encouraged to attend centrally-provided training sessions offered by the university and the
libraries to gain a better understanding of the organizational culture. Technology training is available locally
(Educational Technology Center, a unit of the Libraries) and regionally.”
“Training varies with ‘home assignment,’ but effort made to orient all liaisons to collection development
policies, procedures, goals, etc. A training outline has been under development this past year.”
“Training would begin with the librarian’s supervisor, includes familiarity with both principles of liaison work
and specific library procedures, and also involves learning from peers.”
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