Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Must List: Lattes, magnets, and six other ways to connect with your users

The Must List: Lattes, magnets, and six other ways to connect with your users. This article is by Jessica Albano. It appeared in C&RL News, March 2005 Vol. 66, No. 3.

From the site:

Subject librarian is an all-encompassing phrase. It assumes that one plays many roles in an academic library—liaison, selector, instructor, researcher, and activist. Playing each of these roles provides opportunities for librarians to uphold the core purpose or mission of an academic library which ACRL President Frances Maloy states “is to enhance teaching and learning.”

It’s more than a name …

The foundation of subject librarianship is being the liaison to an academic department or school. The effectiveness of the subject librarian depends on the strength of his or her relationships with the faculty and students in the department. This column is about the ways subject librarians at the University of Washington creatively wear their titles—history librarian, English studies librarian, education librarian, library and information science librarian....

Get in their space

It is not enough to sit in the library and expect your faculty and students to find you for help. We are paid to consider our users in almost every decision that we make and task that we complete. Their days, on the other hand, do not revolve around their librarian. We must constantly remind them of our presence. How? Send each faculty member a magnetic business card so that your contact information can hang in their office year-round. Hold office hours in the departments for several hours each week. Regularly attend faculty meetings. Get permission to display the covers of new books on department bulletin boards in high-traffic areas. Socialize with faculty and students by attending research talks, fundraisers, and other special events.

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