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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 106

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Poster Board Number: 106
Title: You Have Become a Liaison Librarian, Now What? Getting in and Going Forward
Objective: The liaison librarian role implies that you know your group, provide services they need, and bring their concerns back to the library. How do you become a member of their team? The purpose of this study is to identify keys for success and useful tactics to become integrated with the group being served.
Methods: Integrating a liaison librarian into a target department or program can be a significant challenge, and each situation is unique and dependent on the personality of the liaison and the ethos of the group. There are as many ways to become a valued participant as there are groups to join. In 2009/10, the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries’ liaison program reorganized our liaisons, shifting alignments and incorporating five new liaison librarians to ensure that all departments and colleges were fully supported. Drawing on our experience and a survey of the literature, we have identified strategies used to integrate these new liaisons. This poster will report the results of our experience and describe useful strategies for librarians who are new liaisons or changing liaison responsibilities to a new group.
Results: Liaison librarians from the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries met to review their successes and challenges in developing relationships with their departments and groups. Examples of successes were enumerated. A myriad of strategies and attributes were identified. It was determined that no one strategy works with all groups. What works with one group may not work with another. Availability, confidence, flexibility, and tenacity are attributes of the successful liaisons. Communication, a passion for the discipline, subject knowledge, searching expertise, and incorporation of multiple strategies to confront the challenges encountered are skills to enhance liaison relationships.
Authors: Linda C. Butson, AHIP, Consumer Health and Community Outreach Librarian; Beth Auten, AHIP, Reference and Liaison Librarian; Ellie Bushhousen, AHIP, Assistant University Librarian; Nita Ferree, AHIP, Reference and Liaison Librarian; Rae Jesano, AHIP, Assistant University Librarian; Jennifer A. Lyon, AHIP, Clinical Research Librarian; Rolando Garcia-Milian, Biomedical Sciences Librarian; Hannah F. Norton, AHIP, Reference and Liaison Librarian; Michele R. Tennant, AHIP, Assistant Director and Bioinformatics Librarian, Health Science Center Libraries and UF Genetics Institute; Health Science Center Libraries; University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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