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Sunday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 1: Poster Board Number 180

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Poster Board Number: 180
Title: Expanding Liaison Librarian Roles and Use of School-based Liaison Teams
Objective: Expand liaison librarian services through involvement of internal liaison teams to meet the unique information needs for each health sciences school: medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and public health.
Methods: Over the last several years, our Taubman Health Sciences Library liaison librarians have worked toward active involvement in their designated health sciences schools at the University of Michigan. Through participation in school-sponsored events and conversations with faculty, liaison librarians have learned about and responded to the unique information needs of each school. As partnerships in instruction and research grow and collaborative efforts succeed, demands for liaison services expand. The Taubman Health Sciences Library has established small internal "core teams" to work with the lead liaison to meet these increased demands. Each team is made up of two to five liaisons working closely with the lead liaison, who serves as the primary contact for the school. Of the five core teams working with our health sciences schools, each team contributes to the liaison services according to the distinctive needs of each school. Specifics of how each core team functions and how they address the information needs of the schools will be shared.
Results: Each liaison core team (medical education, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and public health) has moved from simply providing a triage method of addressing reference questions and consultation requests to utilizing goal setting for building collaborations and partnerships. While each team functions and plans independently, the success of each core team is evidenced through new or increased involvement on corresponding curriculum committees, increased level of evidence-based research instruction, and more responsive services to faculty, students, and researchers.
Conclusions: The utilization of "core teams" has expanded the liaison services previously offered by individual librarians. Our internal liaison team approach allows the unique information needs of the five health sciences schools to be addressed in a customized and tailored manner for advancing our health sciences partnerships.
Authors: Deborah L. Lauseng, Coordinator, Liaison Services; Nancy J. Allee, AHIP, Deputy Director; Marisa Conte, Clinical and Translational Science Liaison; Mark MacEachern, Liaison Services Librarian; Whitney Townsend, Liaison Services Librarian; Lorelei Woody, Liaison Services Librarian; Taubman Health Sciences Library; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday May 15, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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