This is the final week for my entrepreneurship research class. The students present their capstone research today and Thursday, and then create their written versions that incorporate my suggestions. I’ve really enjoyed working with this small group of students, and think they will miss each other too. Based on this semester’s experience, I may tweak the topics covered and for how long. I’ll post something on those decisions if they seem interesting enough.
Richard Moniz from Johnson & Wales University alerted me to the short article “Organizing the Liaison Role: A Concept Map” [PDF] by Judith E. Pasek in the latest issue of College & Research Library News. Pasek focuses on building relationships with faculty and students. Check out her concept map “of librarian liaison activities and relationships, emphasizing outreach approaches.”
(That issue also includes “Large-Scale, Live-Action Gaming Events in Academic Libraries” by WFU friends Hubert Womack, Susan Smith, and Mary Beth Lock. Many more pictures are available from the ZSR Library Flickr site.)
Finally, my colleague Nancy Ryckman, who has ably served as a UNCG Social Science Librarian for over 35 years, has decided to fully retire this December. She began phased retirement about a year ago. Nancy’s shoes will be difficult to fill: she is responsible for 10 academic departments, and also contributes much to collection development, the management of the Reference Room, and governance of the library faculty.
We hope to advertise the open position this summer and have the new colleague on board in January. The liaison team leaders have meet for a preliminary discussion about what this position should focus on, and the Social Science team will meet next week to discuss a holistic review of our social science liaison coverage. Being holistic about the departmental assignments was a goal of our liaison reorganization — now we will give that a try. I’ll post about how that is going in May.
Our enterprising Dean of the Libraries, Rosann Bazirjian, shared our new liaison roles document with our new provost, who was interested enough to put the topic on the agenda of last week’s Deans’ Council meeting. This group consists of the provost (also serving as our acting chancellor), the deans, and some of the vice chancellors. Rosann asked colleague Jenny Dale and me to provide a 15-minute overview of the contributions liaisons are now making across campus, and also how our liaison reorganization supports that work. Jenny is our hard-working First Year Instruction Librarian and also the liaison to English, Communication Studies, and Kinesiology.
Rosann introduced us (she was chairing the meeting since the provost was attending a funeral). Jenny and I told everyone that we wanted to begin the short discussion by with a…
True/False quiz on UNCG Library Liaisons
- True / False: At the request of the Director of the Doctoral Nursing Program, the Nursing Liaison reviewed each Nursing PhD candidate’s literature review before the students could move forward with their writing.
- True / False: The Music Liaison was awarded a research stipend to work on her book using primary sources stored in Paris.
- True / False: The Meteorology Liaison goes skydiving with the master’s students each semester.
- True / False: The Honors College Liaison reviewed the Honors College’s artists-in-residence applications.
- True / False: The First Year Instruction Librarian chaired the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee last year.
- True / False: The Political Science Liaison teaches in PSC as an adjunct lecturer (most recently, PSC 300: The Politics of Genocide).
- True / False: The Culinary Arts Liaison holds research consultations at the Old Town Bar & Grill every Friday afternoon.
- True / False: The liaison department head presented at a conference in Abu Dhabi last month.
- True / False: The Business Liaison teaches a 500-level class listed across four departments representing three schools.
- True / False: The new Nanoscience Liaison traveled to the Joint School to meet the faculty, learn about the school, and to offer teaching and research support.
- True / False: Many liaisons teach graduate classes in the LIS department.
- True / False: Liaisons are helping other faculty create and publish open-access journals like Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.
- True / False: The Parapsychology Liaison supports research in the astral plane.
- True / False: The Data Services Librarian advises faculty and graduate students on data management plans, ex. for NIH-funded research.
Jenny and I decided to begin our short talk with this quiz for a few reasons:
- Having fun;
- Providing many examples of liaison work;
- Making sure we provided examples from each school;
- Providing a physical reminder of our discussion.
We passed out the quiz to everyone and after a couple of minutes reviewed the answers. Most of the deans figured out that there were three “Falses”. Two of them are pretty obvious. #7 is also false: we don’t have a Culinary Arts department, but maybe we should have liaison consultation hours at the campus bar.
After laughs for #13, I mentioned that Duke University used to have such a research center. Folks would call the reference desk in Perkins Library asking for its location. We would have to tell the caller that it’s now an independent organization called the Rhine Institute. One of the deans joked “you should have just replied to those callers, ‘shouldn’t you know the answer already?’”)
After the quiz recap, Jenny and I said a few words about aligning liaison work with the campus’ high impact factors. We also emphasized that the “Liaison Roles” document does not indicate a sudden new direction for our services, but instead reflects our current practices. The document codifies the evolution of our work and priorities over last 10 years or so.
Dr. Terri Shelton, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development spoke briefly about the positive outcomes of the librarians working with her committees on research, scholarly communication, and data management.
I missed the quarterly BLINC workshop to do this with Jenny (and to help grade the first round of final presentations in the feasibility analysis class, ENT 300, that afternoon). But Rosann later told Jenny and me that the deans enjoyed the quiz and that many were taking notes. That’s good because they didn’t ask many questions at the end; Jenny and I were a little worried about that.