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Thursday, November 3 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
What are Subject Liaisons When 'Collections' and 'Subjects' Don't Matter?

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The traditional subject liaison role is evolving. Users increasingly require functional information support (e.g., for GIS or data mining) rather than simply domain-specific. At the same time, reports from the ARL Pilot Library Liaison Institute and others have noted self-conscious trends towards developing liaison roles that engage and support the full research life cycle, as opposed to traditional service models focused on building and promoting library collections as more or less fixed products. This session will outline and collaboratively address the future of these new roles, with participants exploring questions that include: What does it mean to be a "collections" librarian in this new world? What "new" skills do we need to develop? What "old" skills should we not lose? How do we adapt both our institutions (and our individual staff) without sacrificing our (or their) very identities?

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Darby Orcutt

Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University Libraries
I am a librarian, teacher, researcher, and leader deeply interested and involved in interdisciplinary and computational research, the future of higher ed, and cultural aspects of digital transformation.Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NC State University LibrariesFaculty... Read More →
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Mira Waller

Department Head, Research Engagement, Libraries, North Carolina State University
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Scott Warren

Associate Dean for Research Excellence, Syracuse University Libraries
Scott Warren is the Associate Dean for Research Excellence at Syracuse University Libraries. His portfolio includes the departments of Research & Scholarship, Acquisitions & Cataloging, and Digital Stewardship, as well as the University Press.

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Colonial Ballroom, Embassy Suites 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403