86 · Survey Results: Survey Questions And Responses
Brown Bag presentations in academic departments and programs to alert faculty (and others) to new collections and
Co-investigators in grant proposals. Cooperative collection development. Co-authors in academic publications. We also
engage faculty/scholars/researchers in our research.
CTASC staff make an effort to attend faculty events and receptions where they can speak one-on-one with faculty to
tease out their research interests and recommend our holdings. One of our staff members sits on the research ethics
board and has developed valuable connections and networking opportunities with established researchers and junior
faculty. Subject Specialist Librarians are encouraged to join the Special Collections Working Group which has an annual
allocation of monies to spend (on special collections).
Face-to-face reference desk service, whenever the building is open the use of the collections for research purposes is
one of our core functions.
In academic departments, we held office hours in conjunction with the library’s collection management department.
This was more promotional than related to orientation.
Individual contact with faculty when meeting around campus at concerts, talks, in the bookstore, etc.
Informal one-on-one contact.
Making personal contacts by phone, e-mail, handwritten notes to alert faculty of new or existing materials that may be
relevant to their research.
Most consultations are conducted one-to-one via e-mail or telephones.
One-on-one contact.
SC librarians /archivists may assist with new faculty or graduate student orientation offered on campus. SC librarians
will ask faculty to review newly acquired collections that are relevant to their research or teaching and will often ask
faculty to give lectures based on the collections.
Seek them out at conferences, symposia, and social events, engage them in discussions about their research and offer
suggestions of resources available in ASC that might be of interest.
Sometimes we drop faculty an e-mail when something new comes in that meets their needs, or when we have finished
processing a collection. But field collection is down so we have fewer opportunities. This summer we will be publishing
accession records online and so we anticipate much demand and we hope this will encourage new research topics.
The one-on-one method is usually successful. We do publish information about our collections in scholarly publications
as well.
The Rare Book Collection is sometimes a stop on tours during faculty searches. Items from the collection are pulled out
for show.
Theme-driven podcasts from the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, which is part of Special Collections. Podcasts
promote and publicize oral history holdings and the mission of the Center.
We keep subject specialists across the Library informed about our holdings, including new acquisitions, so they can
share this information with their constituencies.
Web site.
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