groups evolves, we are beginning to identify potential library roles in this arena. Many of our journal editors, for instance, are struggling with transitioning their journals to an open access model. We think there may be ways the Library can support our journal editors in this endeavor. It remains to be seen how this work may filter into liaison roles in the future. Next Steps The Scholarly Communications project set out to align with two Library goals: 1. To pursue new directions in order to sustain its relevance and impact in the support of academic and research needs of the University, the provincial and the larger scholarly communities in the 21st century 2. To consider ways to expand library liaison activities that brought the Library closer to the research on our campus I believe we were successful in supporting these goals. The Steering Committee that guided the project, through a set of associated activities was able to advance the library’s role in campus-wide dialogue about the system of scholarship, establish significant cross-departmental partnerships, create new and enriching models for faculty-librarian interaction and collaboration, make significant progress in both identifying the use and creation of new models of scholarship on our campus (and contributed that data to the broader ARL New Models study) and considering new roles for the Library in supporting this new arena. Of course we still have a long way to go. While we were successful in building strong interest and enthusiasm about scholarly communications amongst most of our liaison librarians during the project term, and there was traction in our overall outreach activities leading to substantial involvement for liaison librarians, post project liaison librarian activity in this arena has dropped off. This, however, has more to do with the need to develop operational models for liaison librarian involvement in scholarly communications moving forward rather than anything else. At this point, project assessment is needed to strategize next steps. I will be conducting a post-project assessment and follow up with subject liaison librarians and others. This will help guide our next steps as we move scholarly communication activities to operational status. Postscript: It should be noted that a number of our enterprising and innovative liaison librarians have established their own connections with faculty research outside of RLI 265 27 Scholarly Communications: Planning for the Integration of Liaison Librarian Roles ( C O N T I N U E D ) AUGUST 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
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