15 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 294 2018 organization can support, some might require skills that are not easy to acquire, or some might require improvements to physical spaces that are infeasible. The goal with this question is to avoid selecting a solution that does not suit the context. The simple act of anticipating constraints encourages organizations to devise new solutions for overcoming them. Conclusion Reimagining liaison work began nearly 10 years ago at the University of Guelph, resulting in a fundamental shift from liaison librarians to functional teams. The level of commitment required to sustain an organizational change of that magnitude should not be underestimated, and efforts continue to evolve the organization. In the years since its launch, an operational management group was created, units were reassigned to different strategic teams, and a variety of standing committees were launched. With each revision, iteration, and realignment, a little bit more is learned about what is required to meet the evolving needs of learners and researchers in our community. Moving to functional teams was a solution that suited the context at the time, but it was not solely about rearranging liaison librarians into teams. It was also about building an agile organization that can respond rapidly to changes in the environment. © 2018 M.J. D’Elia and Doug Horne This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. To cite this article: M.J. D’Elia and Doug Horne. “Leaving Liaison Behind: Reflections on the Last Decade.” Research Library Issues, no. 294 (2018): 8–15. https://doi.org/10.29242/rli.294.2.
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