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Friday, November 7 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Subject Liaison’s Guide to the Backroom: What Every New Liaison Needs to Know About Technical Services Processes

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Academic library liaison models - where librarians assume a variety of responsibilities beyond providing standard reference and research help - have become common in all types of higher education institutions. Subject liaisons frequently add collection development to their list of duties undertaken in addition to discipline-specific research assistance. These collection responsibilities require librarians to develop not only a vision based on the philosophical aspects of collection building, but also an understanding of nitty-gritty technical aspects related to selecting and acquiring resources. New liaisons may be familiar from coursework or through professional experience with philosophical aspects of collections; however, the technical side of collection development and acquisitions is often completely new territory and can result in learn-as-you-go training.

In this session, a science liaison and technical services department head will discuss the importance of liaisons developing an understanding of technical services processes. We’ll discuss why liaisons’ knowledge of these technical areas and procedures benefits both liaisons and their technical services colleagues, and we will provide a framework for creating technical services training specifically intended for liaisons. This framework will go beyond building familiarity with collection development policies (still important!) and “submit orders here” to get at the what-is-done and why-it-matters-to-liaisons aspects of acquisitions and collection development. New liaisons will leave the session with a list of practical things to know and questions to ask as they begin collection development responsibilities. Audience participation in building a “I wish they/I knew” statement list for new liaisons as it relates to technical services will be solicited.

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Timothy Carstens

Department Head/Associate Dean, Western Carolina University
Tim Carstens graduated from Colby College with a BA in Philosophy/Religion in 1982.  He received his MLS from Rutgers University in 1984.  He was a monographic cataloger at North Carolina State University from 1984 until 1990.  He has worked for Western Carolina University’s... Read More →
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Krista Schmidt

Research & Instruction Librarian/STEM Liaison, Western Carolina University - Hunter Library
Krista Schmidt is a research and instruction librarian at Hunter Library, Western Carolina University. She serves as the liaison to all STEM disciplines and also wears the mantle of maps librarian.

Friday November 7, 2014 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Room 227, Addlestone Library 205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29205