Subject librarians serve as the primary contact between their assigned department(s) and the library. The departments serve as a crucial link in helping library staff identify curricular needs and provide support. Subject Librarians also assume responsibility for a range of collection development activities associated with their assigned department(s).
Subject librarians are 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 their department(s). They are 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.
They work together with teaching faculty to ensure that relevant information literacy skills and tools are incorporated into academic programs.
Subject librarians initiate contact periodically with faculty members in their department(s) to provide information about collections and services. Librarians make a special effort to contact and meet with recently-appointed faculty. We encourage academic departments to invite library liaisons to department meetings, preferably early in the Fall semester.
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 subject and course research guides.
Provide faculty with workshops to increase awareness of information literacy.
Build and develop the library's collections 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.