This will be a short post regarding the final piece of our new liaison structure. Last month we hired a new Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications: Beth Bernhardt, who previously was our Electronic Resources Librarians (known beyond UNCG for Journal Finder and the Charleston Conference, among other activities). Our liaison reorganization planning team waited until the new AD was hired before seriously discussing what a collection management functional team would look like.
For many years we had monthly Collection Management Committee (CMC) meetings. CMC included all the liaisons, several administrators, and the heads of Acquisitions, Cataloging, and sometimes Access Services. An unwieldy group. These CMC meetings were the main gatherings of all the liaisons, symbolizing the historic focus of our liaison work on collections. But given our liaison task force recommendations and subsequent liaison reorganization, we needed to reconsider how we work together on collection and scholarly communication issues.
With Beth’s input we decided that each of the three subject teams would have a representative to the collections functional team lead by Beth. The head of Acquisitions and the new Electronic Resources Librarian will also be members. Other folks will work with this team as needed. The subject team rep will report back to his/her team on significant developments.
We will also have a functional team for scholarly communications with a representation from each subject team. And again, other folks will work with this team as necessary. Flexibility is the goal.
On occasion – but only when necessary – will all the liaisons get together with Beth to discuss new initiatives like data management or other news of note.
That’s it. There is still plenty of space for evolution of our liaison reorganization plan, especially concerning how the subject and functional teams end up collaborating and on what goals and projects. But otherwise I think all the pieces of our new (yet unnamed) team-based liaison department are now in place after a year of discussion and planning. Let’s see what happens this fall semester.