ERIC Number: ED359971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Liaison Services in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 189.
Latta, Gail F., Comp.
To gather more information on the role of the liaison in research libraries, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Office of Management Services conducted a survey in 1992 of its academic library members. Completed surveys were returned by 49 libraries. Liaisons in both technical and public services were reported by 59 percent, while 31 percent reported having only public service liaisons. While no typical liaison position could be identified, 13 libraries reported having written definitions of liaison practice, 24 reported policies or guidelines, and 15 formulated definitions for purposes of this survey. New aspects of liaison work are emerging as access to electronic information sources expands. There is a growing need to know what factors contribute to effective liaison relations in the academic setting, and more focused and objective studies may be necessary. The kit contains: (1) survey results; (2) responses about organization and coordination of liaison librarians from nine libraries; (3) position descriptions from eight libraries; (4) definitions and guidelines from 15 organizations; (5) descriptions of internal communication of liaison activities from four libraries; (6) liaison services for library users from five libraries; (7) training descriptions from four libraries; (8) goals and evaluation criteria from eight libraries; and (9) assessment policies from two libraries. An annotated bibliography of 30 entries is provided. Flyer 189 is included, which summarizes the kit. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Definitions, Evaluation Criteria, Guidelines, Librarians, Library Cooperation, Library Networks, Library Services, Library Surveys, Professional Associations, Questionnaires, Research Libraries, Telecommunications, Training
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Services.