This is an update with a bit of retraction from my last post-Liaison Organization Task Force update.
The liaisons had a meeting today with Library Administration today regarding the ideas in the task force final report. Since we turned in that final report in early September, Administration has been working on strategic planning and some new or revised library positions, some of which are very connected to liaison work:
- another Science Librarian position
- Associate Director for Collection Management & Scholarly Communications
- Research Support Coordinator (a staff position in our tech department)
So some of the “next steps” I wrote about in my previous Liaison Task Force report post didn’t materialize. Sorry about the misinformation. But now we seem ready to move forward. The agenda for our meeting today included:
1. Quick review of the liaison task force report
2. Description of proposed new library positions and how those positions reflect priorities and goals
3. Proposal of a timeline of planning and implementation steps for collection management and liaison organizational changes
4. Feedback and discussion (the main goal of this event)
Please bear in mind that these timelines shouldn’t be taken too literally, but do at least establish major steps. Some steps will probably last longer than depicted on the time line; new tasks will come up and will have to be added to the time line.
The liaisons and administrators had a good long discussion about many aspects of this plan. There are lots of questions we will have to tackle:
- How does first-year instruction fit into our proposed team-based liaison department?
- What about the liaison work done by librarians for whom liaison work is not their primary job? Will that work continue? Will those liaisons also be expected to focus on teaching, outreach, and research support as opposed to collections work?
- Exactly what collections work can Acquisitions staff take over for us? (We will be discussing this next week at a Collections Management meeting.)
- What impact will the new positions have our on work load?
- Who exactly are all our functional coordinators? (Ex. instruction, data services, distance education)
- What role will the team-based peer evaluations have on our annual reviews and tenure-process peer evaluations?
- And what to call the “liaison department.”
But in general the folks today seem excited by these organizational changes and the proposed 18-month plan to get there.