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Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison
Richard Moniz, Jo Henry, and Joe Eshleman
Item Number: 978-1-55570-967-9
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $62.00
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208 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-967-9
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, B, I, J, Z

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The changing higher education environment requires a new kind of relationship among faculty, academic liaisons, and students. A core resource for any LIS student or academic librarian serving as a liaison, this handbook lays out the comprehensive fundamentals of the discipline, helping librarians build the confidence and cooperation of the university faculty in relation to the library. Readers will learn about connecting and assisting faculty and students through skillful communication and resource utilization with coverage of key topics such as
  • Orientation meetings
  • Acquiring Subject specialization
  • Advice on faculty communication and assistance
  • Online tutorial creation
  • Collection development
  • Information literacy instruction
  • Embedded librarianship
  • Library guides
  • New courses and accreditation
  • Evaluation methods
Written in a straightforward way that lends itself to easy application, Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison provides ready guidance for current and future academic library liaisons.
Table of Contents


1 Faculty/Staff Orientation Meetings
2 Subject Expertise
3 Communication with Faculty
4 Online Tutorials
5 Faculty Assistance
6 Collection Development
7 Teaching Information Literacy
8 Embedded Librarianship
9 Library Guides
10 Accreditation and New Courses
11 Evaluation

About the Authors

Richard Moniz has been a director of library services for Johnson & Wales University since 1997 (in North Miami from 1997 to 2004 and in Charlotte from 2004 to the present). He has also, in the past, simultaneously served as head of information technology services and taught classes on various subjects, and has taught for the MLIS program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2006. He has published in numerous places and is the author of the textbook Practical and Effective Management of Libraries. He is actively engaged in the profession and has held a number of committee and board responsibilities within ALA LLAMA, ACRL CLS, and Metrolina Library Association.

Jo Henry is currently the information services librarian at South Piedmont Community College. Formerly, she has worked at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and has over twenty years’ experience in sports club management and instruction. She has published in Public Services Quarterly and Library Review, and has presented at the Metrolina Information Literacy Conference and the North Carolina Library Association Conference.

Joe Eshleman has been the instruction librarian at Johnson & Wales University Library–Charlotte since 2008. During this time, he has taught numerous library instruction sessions. Prior to becoming a librarian, he was a systems administrator at Nucor Steel and an IT director at the science museum Discovery Place, both of which are located in Charlotte. He completed the Association of College and Research Libraries’ immersion program in 2009 and has presented on numerous occasions, including the American Library Association Conference, the Lilly Education Conference, and the Teaching Professor Technology Conference.

”It is easy to see this book becoming required reading for librarians pursuing a career in academia. However, many librarians struggle with how to be a better liaison regardless of how long they have been in the profession. This book is chock full of ideas, advice, and reasonable goals to set for oneself. This would be an excellent book to share in chapters at continuing education or brainstorming events with colleagues to discuss how to enhance or expand liaison service."
— Technicalities

”If the authors’ recommendations are followed, the reader will come away with all the tools and knowledge needed to establish a successful library liaison program … the authors have written a work that will become indispensable to new and experienced liaison librarians alike."
— Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

”A valuable reference especially for librarians new to liaison work."
— Collection Management

”Moniz, Henry, and Eshleman provide a thorough strategy for transporting the library liaison of the past into the 21st century … Each chapter contains multiple checklists and a short conclusion, followed by a list of references. This title would be an excellent starting point for any new librarian, and I can definitely envision it being used as a library school textbook. In addition, this title could be a valuable read for seasoned librarians who want to transform their current library liaison program."
— Technical Services Quarterly

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