Library Liaison Program

An Overview:

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

Each academic department and/or major program 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 material selection and collection evaluation. Liaisons are available to meet with faculty individually and in groups for consultation regarding new research databases, orientation to information resources, developing web-based guides for subject disciplines and senior seminars, and guidance for research projects.

Communications among liaisons and faculty may be formal or informal. Methods, content, amount and frequency of communications vary depending on the subject discipline and faculty needs.

The primary goals of the Library Liaison Program are to:

The Role of the Liaison:


Liaison assignments are based on several factors: academic background, subject interest, current workload and willingness to become familiar with departments and/or subject areas with which the Liaison may not have had previous experience. Occasionally, departments may be reassigned due to changes in staffing or workload, however, every attempt is made to ensure continuity and consistency.

The library liaison is expected to be generally 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 unit. The liaison is also expected to become knowledgeable of the subject matter and nature of the teaching and research conducted by the academic unit, 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 listed by Area of Responsibility

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