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Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison (ALA Fundamentals)

Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison (ALA Fundamentals)

ALA Neal-Schuman

  • $84.00

Richard Moniz, Jo Henry, and Joe Eshleman

ISBN-13: 9781555709679

208 pages • 6" x 9"
Year Published: 2014

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.


    Reviewed by Mindy Thuna, University of Toronto Mississauga

    The ALA Fundamental Series is designed to offer a basic overview on key areas of interest to librarians. Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison, which is part of the series, is no exception. The book easily accomplishes the goal of explaining what it means to be a traditional liaison librarian and how to prepare oneself for this role. The flaw to this approach is that as the liaison model morphs at various institutions, not all of the content in this book remains relevant. However, the book is laid out with each chapter focusing on a different aspect of what a liaison librarian can do to help maximize their success liaising with their faculty and departments so the chapters are broad enough that even less traditional liaison roles should still find some content relevant to their needs.

    The book includes a mix of Canadian and American content; this is a strong point as each chapter includes concrete examples from articles and blogs to illustrate the point(s) being covered. Chapter 10 on "Accreditation and New Courses" was disappointing as it focused on U.S. specific examples and could have been framed in a more North American friendly way.

    Some of the tips in this book are very basic and, perhaps, obvious but sometimes it is nice to have someone spell out for you everything that you need to consider/be aware of. The checklists at the end of each section are very helpful for most of the material, but were not always necessary for some topics.

    Overall I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of being an academic liaison, be they new to the liaison role, changing their subject areas or wanting a refresher. It is an easy to read outline of the many facets of liaison librarianship.

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