4 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 294 2018 to help reshape the information ecosystem so that it fosters, rather than hinders, our planet’s urgent needs for expanded and inclusive education, research, access to information, and publishing— inclusiveness that accurately reflects and involves the many voices and perspectives on the human condition.” All five institutions are striving for a rebalance of activities done by liaisons to ensure that duties and responsibilities for liaisons are not just additive. As new spheres of activity emerge on our campuses, how can we ensure that we keep up without overburdening liaison staff? For Guelph, as the research needs of campus increasingly put demands on library staff or the “librarian was expected to do everything,” the library needed to determine what could be given up and how to reorganize the work of liaisons. Guelph moved away from a subject liaison model in which the staff was organized by departmental and subject liaisons because this model meant they were organized to do the small stuff, not the big. In other words, “individual librarians could complete small- scale initiatives, but coordinating anything across the liaison team was a complex negotiation.” Alignment with campus priorities and efforts to, in the words of the University of South Florida article, “more effectively support the research and teaching mission of the university” is also a thread that connects these five approaches. It is clear that finding ways to support campus efforts is an area of opportunity for liaisons. For UC Riverside, this opportunity presented itself in their strategic planning process in which they identified “the needs of campus stakeholders, to develop vision and goals, and to create a road map to ensure that we continue to meet and anticipate the campus curricular and research needs.” This focus on strategic alignment is not only valuable for rethinking liaison work, but also for ensuring the library is part of collective problem- solving in our institutions. A 2016 study of library directors by Ithaka S+R noted that since 2013 there have been:
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