Liaison Librarian Program
The Liaison Librarian Program supports the mission of the Biola University Library as it deploys liaison librarians for reference, instruction, collection development, curricular support, technology integration, and outreach on the Biola campus and beyond. The goals of the program include:
- Building effective working relationships and collaboration between the Library and Biola faculty
- Bridging the gap between scholars, researchers and the Library in different disciplines
- Providing improved integration between curriculum and library resources
- Increasing awareness of and use of library resources and services
- Managing library collection budgets while creating a balanced and diverse collection to support teaching and learning
- Planning for future library initiatives
Liaison Librarian Activities
Communication and Collaboration
Liaison Librarians are uniquely qualified collaborators in the academy because of their knowledge of the structure of information and broad knowledge of a variety of resources. Librarians may connect with faculty, students, and staff through personal communications, departmental meetings, presentations, appointments, committee involvement, collaborative projects, curriculum development, grant proposals, joint research projects, social events and exhibits, search committees, or accreditation visits.
Liaison Librarians may connect with potential incoming faculty during campus interviews and by serving on search committees for faculty and administrators. Liaison Librarians may participate in new faculty and graduate student orientations or welcome sessions, as well as provide research orientation sessions for doctoral students who are working on their dissertations.
Liaison Librarians develop new areas of expertise to assist and collaborate with the entire campus in projects including: scholarly communication, data curation, copyright, institutional repository, digital libraries, academic integrity, citation management, information literacy initiatives, web content, blogs, library study space design, digital media, etc. Liaison Librarians work with and support other departments on the Biola campus to test and implement new technologies.
Reference and Teaching
Liaison Librarians may provide in-depth reference and research assistance to students, staff, faculty, and community members through in-person consultation, phone communication, email, or chat. The primary goal of the Library Instruction Program is to promote information literacy and teach research techniques that will enable students and faculty to develop a systematic method of research that can be applied to any discipline or assignment. Librarians are also available to assist faculty in teaching research skills specific to their discipline or class subject.
Liaison Librarians are responsible for selecting, managing, evaluating, deaccessioning, and providing access to a balanced set of library resources in specific areas in support of Biola’s academic and research programs. Liaison Librarians collaborate with faculty in academic departments to ensure the appropriate materials are purchased each year with their allocated funds.
Liaison Librarians may:
Work with faculty to design course-integrated assignments that use library services and resources and help students develop information literacy skills
Notify faculty about new library materials and collaborate with faculty to manage the library collections budget to ensure funds are spent in a prudent, responsible and timely manner on resources that support curriculum and research
Collaborate with faculty on research projects, publications, presentations, and teaching
Participate in the establishment of, or planning for, new academic programs
Participate in writing of grant proposals or completion of grant projects
Assist with academic department or campus self-study or accreditation reviews
Assist with the planning of or participate in conferences or workshops related to the discipline
Create and manage web-based subject and course guides (LibGuides)
Teach a course or a course component in an academic department
Participate in orientation meetings for new faculty
Determine and address the needs of remote and nonresidential students and faculty