The Subject Librarian Program creates a communication model between the library and academic units. A Subject Librarian works with a departmental Library Representative and the department's chair to create awareness of library services and programs and to build library collections appropriate to the programs and curriculum of the department.
Subject Librarians work with one or more academic units based on the following criteria:
In general, assignments are made to best match a librarian's expertise with a given academic unit.
Subject librarians have three major responsibilities:
In meeting these responsibilities, subject librarians are expected to establish and maintain regular and frequent contact with the academic units to which they are assigned. The subject librarian's primary contacts should be the unit's library representative and the chair or director. Subject librarians should attempt to keep academic units informed of the Libraries' policies and procedures.
Regarding a subject librarian's collection development responsibilities, the following major activities may characterize this work:
The library representative is responsible for working with the subject librarian to
It is expected that library representatives will seek advice from colleagues and students in ordering materials for the Libraries' collections. Materials should be purchased with a view to maintaining a balance among the wide spectrum of an academic unit's curriculum and research interests. The library representative should work towards developing the collections in accordance with the goals of the academic unit. It is understood that funds are not typically available for a unit to collect comprehensively in any one subject area.
Regarding collection development, a library representative's responsibilities may include the following major activities:
Effective communication between an academic unit and the Libraries is critical for building strong library collections and services. The library representative's primary contact in the Libraries is the subject librarian assigned to the academic unit. The subject librarian serves as the academic unit's facilitator for questions and concerns regarding the Libraries. The library representative should attempt to inform the subject librarian regarding curriculum changes, new research interests, and other developments that may impact on the desired focus or strength of the Libraries' collections.
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