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Library Liaison Program

Library Liaisons

 

Subject Liaison Email Phone Extension
Biology Nancy "Sam" Urtz nsurtz x7307
Chemistry Nancy "Sam" Urtz nsurtz x7307
Classics Gwen Verkuilen gverkuilen x7166
Computer Science Melinda Malik mmalik x6200
Criminal Justice Mimi Guessferd mguessferd x7348
Economics & Business Melinda Malik mmalik x6200
Education Gwen Verkuilen gverkuilen x7166
English Mimi Guessferd mguessferd x7348
Fine Arts Laura Gricius-West lgriciuswest x7292
History Charles Getchell cgetchell x7302
Humanities John Dillon jdillon x7349
Mathematics
Modern Languages
Music Mimi Guessferd mguessferd x7348
Nursing Mimi Guessferd mguessferd x7348
Philosophy Nancy "Sam" Urtz nsurtz x7307
Physics Mimi Guessferd mguessferd x7348
Politics Melinda Malik mmalik x6200
Psychology Nancy "Sam" Urtz nsurtz x7307
Sociology Gwen Verkuilen gverkuilen x7348
Theology John Dillon jdillon x7349

 

Overview

The Library Liaison Program is designed to facilitate communication and foster collaboration between the Library and the Saint Anselm College community.

Each academic department has a library representative who provides information to faculty on library collections and services. Each liaison is available to faculty for library instruction along with collaboration on library materials selection and collection evaluation. Liaisons will meet with faculty individually and in groups for consultation regarding new research databases, orientation to information resources, development of web-based guides for subject disciplines and senior seminars.

Primary Goals

  • Work with departments to meet the educational mission of Saint Anselm College, including identifying academic priorities, staying current on curricular development, and providing support for accreditation review processes and grant proposals.
  • Acquaint students, faculty and staff with the Library's collections and services, and particularly with new services and materials of potential interest.
  • Provide research assistance to students, faculty and staff, including serving at the reference desk and scheduling individual research consultations.
  • Schedule and teach library research instruction for individual courses.
  • Develop and maintain Library subject and course guides.
  • Provide faculty with workshops to increase awareness of information literacy.
  • Build and develop the Library collection in all formats, including the selection of books, journals, electronic resources, audiovisual and digital media, to ensure relevancy to the curriculum.
  • Assist faculty in proposing new course offerings and assignments by determining the adequacy of library holdings and identifying appropriate resources.

The Role of the Liaison

The Liaisons serve as the primary contact between their assigned department(s) and the Library. The departments serve as a crucial link in helping the Library staff identify curricular needs and provide Library support. Liaisons also assume responsibility for a range of collection development activities associated with their assigned department(s).

The library liaison is expected to be well-informed about the Library's collections, services, policies, and resources; and skilled in interpreting and promoting these to faculty and students in his or her academic department(s). The liaison is also expected to become knowledgeable of the subject matter and nature of the teaching and research conducted by the academic department(s), particularly with regard to changes in teaching and scholarly communication within the discipline.

Liaisons work together with teaching faculty to ensure that relevant information literacy skills and tools are incorporated into academic programs.

Library liaisons initiate contact with faculty members in their department(s) at least three times per academic year to provide information about collections and services. Liaisons make a special effort to contact and meet with recently-appointed faculty. The Library encourages academic departments to invite library liaisons to department meetings, preferably early in the Fall semester.