Medlibs and Liaison Roles
Thursday, March 26th, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/ 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Rachel Helbing (@rhelbing)
Liaison librarianship is a strategy that encourages the provision of customized and relevant services to defined user groups. The most important – and challenging – aspects of this model are making contact and establishing meaningful relationships with potential library users.
See this article for tips on successful liaising http://rusa.metapress.com/content/k6737757m0745331/
Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat or #medlibs chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and especially welcome students and newcomers. Some questions to consider as we meet to chat on Thursday:
- Do you act as a liaison between your library and its users, formally or informally?
- To whom do you liaise? i.e. academic departments/institutions, student groups, clinician groups (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.), committees, professional organizations, others?
- How did you initiate contact?
- How did you build your list of contacts?
- How do you keep users up-to-date on library news and services?
- Do you advocate for users’ needs within your library?
- Has your library done team-based liaising?
- How do you maintain relationships in the midst of personnel changes?
- How do you measure return on investment (ROI) on the resources put into liaising?
- What strategies have been most/least successful?