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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Thursday, November 8 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Great Expectations: New Organizational Models for Overworked Liaisons

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Liaisons (subject specialists) keep getting busier. Research instruction, embedding in classes, outreach, collection development, weeding, assessing teaching and collections, promoting scholarly communication issues, and creating online learning objects are all potentially part of what a liaison is expected to do nowadays. So we hope every liaison is very interested — and very good — at all those responsibilities. Is that realistic? And does a liaison have time for all those things?

At UNC Greensboro, library administrators decided it is time to examine how liaisons are organized to manage all of these competing responsibilities. The library formed a Liaison Collection Responsibilities Task Force to benchmark how other libraries might be handling the complexities of liaison responsibilities in innovative ways, and to recommend several possible new organizational models for the collection development and public services work of liaisons.

Members of the task force will review their benchmark findings and invite the audience to provide their own examples. Then we will present our recommendations for new organization models. Some recommendations will reflect incremental changes; others will be radical. We will ask the audience for feedback on the recommendations and suggestions for other models.


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Steve Cramer

Business Librarian & Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship Education, UNC Greensboro
I serve as the UNCG Business & Geography Librarian as well as a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship Education. UNCG awarded me tenure in 2007. Previously I worked at Duke University and Davenport College. I'm co-founder of Business Librarianship in North Carolina (BLINC), a member of ALA's BRASS, and a Carolina Consortium negotiator. I blog on liaison issues at https://liaisonlife.wordpress.com
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Michael Crumpton

Assistant Dean for Administrative Services,, UNC Greensboro
Michael Crumpton, MLS, SPHR is the Assistant Dean for Administrative Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He oversees administration of budgets, human resources and facilities; organizes and addresses space and remodeling issues; and works with grant and organizational development issues.  He is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional and also holds a graduate certificate in Adult Teaching. His published works... Read More →

Amy Harris

Reference Librarian and Information Literacy Coordinator, UNC Greensboro
Amy is Information Literacy Program Coordinator and Reference Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also serves as liaison to the Religious Studies, Media Studies, and Philosophy departments. She provides leadership for librarians teaching course-integrated library instruction and help with assessment. She also serves on the library's Collection Management Committee.

Thursday November 8, 2012 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Francis Marion Rutledge Room 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403