Academic Libraries: Themes in liaison responsibilities Elisabeth Leonard, UNC Chapel Hill
Overview <ul><li>Based on  &quot;RUSA Guidelines for Liaison Work in Managing Collections and Services.&quot;   </li></ul>...
Overview: Type of institution Answered question:  736  32.9% 242  Private 67.4% 496 Public Percentage of responses Number ...
Overview: Approximate full time student enrollment (FTE)   Percentage of responses Number of responses FTE Answered questi...
Overview: Carnegie classification 4% 27 Other 2% 12 Medical schools and medical centers  0.4% 3 Theological seminaries and...
W hat department do liaisons work in? Response % Response count (n) Department 2% 13 Reserves 24% 175 Other 58% 430 Refere...
Which of these are part of your liaison responsibilities? 80 11% Other 277 37% Attending panels, conferences, meetings, et...
No real difference between public and private institutions 10.8% 10.9% 9.9% Other 37.2% 37.2% 37.2% Attending panels, conf...
Instruction responsibilities Does it matter what library department you are in?
Every department is involved 85% 11 Reserves 89% 383 Reference/research services 70% 16 Interlibrary Loan 75% 104 Collecti...
<ul><li>How does adding additional expectations (outreach, pr, instruction) of the liaison contribute to or enhance their ...
How much time are people spending on liaison responsibilities? “ What percentage of your time involves liaison work?”
9 1% N/A 57 7% 61-100 44 6% 51-60 47 6% 41-50 80 11% 31-40 204 27% 21-30 189 25% 11-20 119 16% 0-10 Response count (n) Res...
Does type of institution matter? Our expectation: research institutions would spend more time
Most time? Med schools! 6% 0% 0 5% 3% 6% 7% 51-60 7% 16% 0 2% 6% 5% 11% 61-100 6% 8% 0 2% 3% 6% 8% 41-50 11% 25% 0 3% 12% ...
How about time spent by departmental area? Does that differ?
Acquisitions, Cataloging, Circulation, ILL, and Reserves  are above average 7% 6% 0 10% 8% 11% 4% 4% 2% 8% 61-100 6% 6% 8%...
But, it isn’t easy to know for sure <ul><li>“ The percentage of time devoted to liaison work is hard to estimate unless on...
Not all our questions were about defining liaison work Does administration value your liaison work?
Administration values liaison work 39% n=289 43% n=321 12% n=92 4% n=32 1% n=7 Response % Response count Strongly Agree Ag...
Administration values your liaison work, reported by  Carnegie Classification Agree Strongly 82% 69% 67 % 78 % 85% 81% 82 ...
Do  faculty   value your liaison work?
Faculty value your liaison work 23% n=167 53% n=392 21% n=154 4% n=27 0.8% n=6 Response % Response count Strongly Agree Ag...
Faculty value, reported by library department   54% 31% 16% Reserves 76% 13% 6% Reference 57% 35% 8% Interlibrary Loan 80%...
Faculty apprecition, reported by discipline   74% 23% 3% Sciences 56% 22% 4% Social sciences 86% 10% 3% Medicine 80% 19% 3...
<ul><li>My liaison area has expressed satisfaction with my liaison services when contacts regarding instruction and collec...
We also wanted to know:  What professional development opportunities would you like to see offered?
It ran the gamut… <ul><li>“ Best practices for engaging faculty in the collection development process ” </li></ul><ul><li>...
And our last survey question Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
<ul><li>“ Ultimately, liaison activities reinforce team building, open discussion, camaraderie, life-long relationships.” ...
<ul><li>“ Liaison work is vital for the library . ” </li></ul>
<ul><ul><li>“The character of work done by people who have liaison responsibilities where I work touches so many functions...
Wrapping it up for academics… <ul><li>There is no clear standard for what liaison responsibilities should be </li></ul><ul...
Thank you!
Administration values your liaison work, reported by subject   84% 11% 13% Sciences 83% 11% 7% Social sciences 86% 10% 3% ...
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    1. 1. Academic Libraries: Themes in liaison responsibilities Elisabeth Leonard, UNC Chapel Hill
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Based on &quot;RUSA Guidelines for Liaison Work in Managing Collections and Services.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>746 respondents </li></ul><ul><li>23 different listservs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acqnet-l, APALA, Buslib-l, Cheminfo, collib-l, colldv-l, Gis-l, GovDoc-L, ili-l, LIBREF-L, Lita-l, Maps-l, Marylib, NCLA, Newlib-l , Nelig-l, Salalm, SLA CNC, SLAPAM, sts-l, Uls, Web4lib, Wess </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Overview: Type of institution Answered question:  736  32.9% 242  Private 67.4% 496 Public Percentage of responses Number of responses Type of institution
    4. 4. Overview: Approximate full time student enrollment (FTE) Percentage of responses Number of responses FTE Answered question:  732  49.5% 362 10,000 and over 20.5% 150 5,000 to 9,999 23.4% 171 1,500 to 4,999 7% 51 Fewer than 1,500
    5. 5. Overview: Carnegie classification 4% 27 Other 2% 12 Medical schools and medical centers 0.4% 3 Theological seminaries and other specialized faith-based institutions 8% 59 Associate's college 12% 91 Baccalaureate college I and II 30% 218 Master’s and Universities I & II 47% 343 Doctoral/Research I & II Percent Response Carnegie classification
    6. 6. W hat department do liaisons work in? Response % Response count (n) Department 2% 13 Reserves 24% 175 Other 58% 430 Reference/research services 3% 23 Interlibrary loan 19% 138 Collection development 3% 24 Circulation 7% 52 Cataloging/metadata services 10% 77 Administration 7% 55 Acquisitions
    7. 7. Which of these are part of your liaison responsibilities? 80 11% Other 277 37% Attending panels, conferences, meetings, etc. in user group area 65 9% Publishing in user group area (rather than librarianship) 550 74% Enables the library’s clientele to communicate their library needs and preferences to the library staff and governing body 608 82% Communicate the library’s collection policies, services, and needs to your user group 586 79% Subject-specific library instruction 702 94% Identify user needs, evaluate existing collections, remove extraneous materials, and locate resources that will enhance collections 557 75% Involve the library’s clientele in the assessment and satisfaction of collection needs Response count (n) Response percent Liaison Responsibilities
    8. 8. No real difference between public and private institutions 10.8% 10.9% 9.9% Other 37.2% 37.2% 37.2% Attending panels, conferences, meetings, etc. in user group area 8.7% 10.3% 5.0% Publishing in user group area (rather than librarianship) 73.9% 75.0% 71.9% Enables the library’s clientele to communicate their library needs and preferences to the library staff and governing body 81.7% 82.2% 80.6% Communicate the library’s collection policies, services, and needs to your user group 78.8% 78.8% 79.3% Subject-specific library instruction 94.4% 93.9% 95.5% Identify user needs, evaluate existing collections, remove extraneous materials, and locate resources that will enhance collections 74.9% 75.0% 75.2% Involve the library’s clientele in the assessment and satisfaction of collection needs Response Percent Response Percent Response Percent Liaison Responsibilities Total (n=744) Public Universities (n=495) Private Universities (n=242)
    9. 9. Instruction responsibilities Does it matter what library department you are in?
    10. 10. Every department is involved 85% 11 Reserves 89% 383 Reference/research services 70% 16 Interlibrary Loan 75% 104 Collection development 63% 15 Circulation 67% 35 Cataloging/metadata services 66% 50 Administration 56% 31 Acquisitions Percent n Department
    11. 11. <ul><li>How does adding additional expectations (outreach, pr, instruction) of the liaison contribute to or enhance their ability to find time to devote to actual collection issues? Furthermore, it can sometimes lead to an unhealthy blurring and/or neglect of other of role/responsibilities, with the less visible, less, glamorous, but absolutely essential technical job functions somehow de-valued and neglected. The philosophy that, in order to have a successful outreach and liaison program, an academic library must have *all* librarians on its staff out there doing what has traditionally been the work of public services and collection development librarians is a somewhat flawed concept. It also has the potential to leave faculty confused re who to go to for what. </li></ul>
    12. 12. How much time are people spending on liaison responsibilities? “ What percentage of your time involves liaison work?”
    13. 13. 9 1% N/A 57 7% 61-100 44 6% 51-60 47 6% 41-50 80 11% 31-40 204 27% 21-30 189 25% 11-20 119 16% 0-10 Response count (n) Response percent Percentage of time
    14. 14. Does type of institution matter? Our expectation: research institutions would spend more time
    15. 15. Most time? Med schools! 6% 0% 0 5% 3% 6% 7% 51-60 7% 16% 0 2% 6% 5% 11% 61-100 6% 8% 0 2% 3% 6% 8% 41-50 11% 25% 0 3% 12% 10% 13% 31-40 27% 8% 33% 39% 26% 28% 26% 21-30 25% 17% 33% 31% 30% 28% 23% 11-20 16% 25% 33% 17% 19% 19% 13% 0-10 Mean for survey (n=741) Medical schools and centers (n=12) Theological seminaries (n=3) Assoc. college (n=59) Baccalaureate college I and II (n=91) Master's colleges and univ. I and II (n=218) Doctoral/ research I and II (n=342) % time spent
    16. 16. How about time spent by departmental area? Does that differ?
    17. 17. Acquisitions, Cataloging, Circulation, ILL, and Reserves are above average 7% 6% 0 10% 8% 11% 4% 4% 2% 8% 61-100 6% 6% 8% 6% 0 11% 4% 6% 0 2% 51-60 6% 5% 0 8% 0 8% 0% 6% 4% 0 41-50 11% 9% 0 14% 4% 6% 4% 10% 7% 4% 31-40 27% 24% 15% 29% 22% 23% 21% 21% 29% 26% 21-30 25% 31% 39% 22% 39% 27% 38% 33% 21% 46% 11-20 16% 20% 39% 12% 26% 12% 29% 21% 30% 16% 0-10 Ave. for survey Other Reserves Ref/ research ILL Coll. Dev. Circ . Catalog Admin . Acquis. % time spent
    18. 18. But, it isn’t easy to know for sure <ul><li>“ The percentage of time devoted to liaison work is hard to estimate unless one's institution has conducted an in-depth time study. First there is the question of what sorts of work are included (budget allocation process? subject specific instruction?), and second there is the great variation depending on the time of year and semester.” </li></ul>
    19. 19. Not all our questions were about defining liaison work Does administration value your liaison work?
    20. 20. Administration values liaison work 39% n=289 43% n=321 12% n=92 4% n=32 1% n=7 Response % Response count Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
    21. 21. Administration values your liaison work, reported by Carnegie Classification Agree Strongly 82% 69% 67 % 78 % 85% 81% 82 % Agree 12 % 33 % 0 % 19 % 10 % 14 % 12 % Neutral Dis a gree 5% 0 % 33 . 3 % 3% 6% 5 % 6% Disagree Strongly Total for entire survey (n=741) Medical schools and centers (n=12) Theological seminaries (n=3) Associate's college (n=59) Baccalaureate college I and II (n=91) Master's colleges and univ. I and II (n=217) Doctoral/research I and II (n=341)
    22. 22. Do faculty value your liaison work?
    23. 23. Faculty value your liaison work 23% n=167 53% n=392 21% n=154 4% n=27 0.8% n=6 Response % Response count Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
    24. 24. Faculty value, reported by library department 54% 31% 16% Reserves 76% 13% 6% Reference 57% 35% 8% Interlibrary Loan 80% 18% 2% Collection development 37% 50% 12% Circulation 73% 25% 2% Cataloging 78% 22% 0 Administration 71% 25% 4% Acquisitions Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree Department
    25. 25. Faculty apprecition, reported by discipline 74% 23% 3% Sciences 56% 22% 4% Social sciences 86% 10% 3% Medicine 80% 19% 3% Humanities 80% 28% 3% Engineering 69% 23% 2% Business 74% 16% 4% Arts Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree Department
    26. 26. <ul><li>My liaison area has expressed satisfaction with my liaison services when contacts regarding instruction and collection evaluation are LESS frequent, rather than more. I can't say as I'm satisfied with this state of affairs. </li></ul>
    27. 27. We also wanted to know: What professional development opportunities would you like to see offered?
    28. 28. It ran the gamut… <ul><li>“ Best practices for engaging faculty in the collection development process ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Online courses with guidelines and suggestions for liaison work in specific subject areas. ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ ‘ Liaison 101 ’ for beginners ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Some ideas for how to do liaison work w ith interdisciplinary areas ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Collection Analysis and Collection Assessment ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Collection assessment tools/rubrics for national accreditation purposes ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ How to present budget limitations to liaison groups. How to get feedback on journal/serial cancellations ” </li></ul>
    29. 29. And our last survey question Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
    30. 30. <ul><li>“ Ultimately, liaison activities reinforce team building, open discussion, camaraderie, life-long relationships.” </li></ul>
    31. 31. <ul><li>“ Liaison work is vital for the library . ” </li></ul>
    32. 32. <ul><ul><li>“The character of work done by people who have liaison responsibilities where I work touches so many functions and services in the library that the categories in this survey don't fit well with our work. Most of the libraries' liaisons to the departments do a little bit of everything, but some do very specialized work, others have added responsibilities such as Team Leaders or Heads of Branches.” </li></ul></ul>
    33. 33. Wrapping it up for academics… <ul><li>There is no clear standard for what liaison responsibilities should be </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison work is spread throughout the library </li></ul><ul><li>Liaisons would like more training </li></ul>
    34. 34. Thank you!
    35. 35. Administration values your liaison work, reported by subject 84% 11% 13% Sciences 83% 11% 7% Social sciences 86% 10% 3% Medicine 85% 10% 6% Humanities 83% 14% 4% Engineering 81% 15% 3% Business 88% 8% 4% Arts Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree Department

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