58 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 294 2018 In order to achieve this goal the primary services needed are: Collection Assessment: development and maintenance of focused, data-driven print and e-resource license, acquisition, and organization Access Services: rapid response to resource access requests in support of teaching, learning, and research Stakeholder Engagement in Collections Activities: internally, predominantly through proactive communication with the Teaching and Learning and Research Departments externally, predominantly through faculty and staff/student collaborations Strategic Planning: knowledge and proactive planning regarding developing and changing local needs and national/ international transformational collecting models Core Competencies Expertise in best-practices around selection, acquisition, access, and discovery of resources Collection assessment skills Understanding of discipline area unique research, teaching, and format needs Proactive and reactive ability to adjust to initiatives, new pedagogies, and collecting models Communication skills proactive communication skills with all stakeholders Building effective vendor relations Ability to navigate electronic resources troubleshooting Ability to effectively work with technologies such as integrated library management systems and platforms and statistics aggregators In addition, all collection strategists have at least one non- disciplinary related area of expertise around which they are expected to develop competencies.
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