New Directions for Academic Liaison Librarians

New Directions for Academic Liaison Librarians

1st Edition - April 10, 2012

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  • Author: Alice Crawford
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633046

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Aimed at practitioners and students of librarianship, this book is about interesting and unusual practical projects currently being run by academic liaison librarians. It shows how liaison librarians can extend their roles beyond the established one of information literacy teaching and showcases areas in which they can engage in collaborative ventures with academic and administrative staff. Designed to excite and inspire, New Directions for Academic Liaison Librarians demonstrates the potential of the liaison role and emphasises the need for flexibility, imagination and initiative in those who hold these posts.

Key Features

  • Unique in concentrating on the role of the new community of academic liaison librarians
  • Recognises the wider possibilities for development open to this different new breed of information specialist
  • Written by a practitioner in the field


Academic liasion librarians; Students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • List of abbreviations


    About the author

    Chapter 1: Introduction


    Key words

    What does academic liaison mean?

    From subject librarian to academic liaison?

    Subject librarians ‘plus’

    Overview of the book

    Chapter 2: Liaison in the wider world: a medical librarian in Malawi


    Background to the project

    Initial impressions

    Working with the library

    Networking and liaison

    Post-project activities

    Lessons learned for similar projects

    Chapter 3: Liaison and bibliometric support: the UK Research Assessment Exercise


    Background to the project: what is the RAE?

    Library contribution to the RAE: the Glasgow University experience

    Process details

    Opportunities for the library

    The institutional repository: Enlighten

    The role of liaison

    Lessons learned for similar projects

    Chapter 4: Liaison and virtual worlds


    Virtual worlds

    Teaching a course in Second Life: the librarian’s role

    Teaching the teachers in Second Life

    Virtual worlds teaching: pros and cons

    The Karuna Island Project

    Other virtual worlds roles for librarians?

    Lessons learned for similar projects

    Chapter 5: Liaison and digital scholarship


    The Australian Poetry Library, University of Sydney

    Glasgow Emblem Digitisation Project, University of Glasgow

    Mark Twain Papers and Project, California Digital Library

    Lessons learned for similar projects

    Chapter 6: Liaison and open access journals


    Background to the project: the Institutional Repository

    The journals project

    Set-up and production stages

    The liaison role

    Future plans

    Lessons learned for similar projects

    Chapter 7: Liaison and community outreach: a Friends of the Library group


    Setting up the group

    Programme of events

    Finance and administration

    King James Library Lectures

    Lessons learned for similar projects

    Chapter 8: Liaison and library buildings


    Background to the project

    Project development

    The liaison role


    Library involvement in the design

    Lessons learned for similar projects

    Chapter 9: Conclusion


    The changing role of the liaison librarian

    Embedded librarianship

    The future for academic liaison?

    Academic liaison in the Arts: a personal view

    Case study round-up

    References and further reading


Product details

  • No. of pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2012
  • Published: April 10, 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633046

About the Author

Alice Crawford

Dr Alice Crawford is Senior Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of St Andrews Library. She has been librarian of a further education college, a subject librarian at Glasgow University Library, and worked in areas as diverse as Special Collections, Divinity, Engineering and Official Publications. She has also enjoyed earlier careers in university administration and teaching. A Chartered Librarian, she has published a research monograph on the novelist Rose Macaulay as well as articles on librarianship.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of St Andrews Library, UK

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