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Thursday, November 3 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Rolling the Elephant Out of the Room: A Discussion of Academic Liaisons and Collection Development

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For the past two years, we have led very lively lunchtime conversations about a topic on the minds of many academic librarians: the changing role of the liaison librarian in the 21st century, and the approaches taken by our various institutions to address these changes. This year, we'll continue the conversation by focusing on one of the thorniest aspects of this re-visioning: collection development. Participants will be invited to share their perspectives, and group comments will guide the conversation. Framing the discussion will be several questions. As liaison librarians shift their energies to more outward-facing engagement and focus on the development and delivery of new services, what has happened to their traditional roles as architects of collections? How successful are we in molding our collections to the contours of our libraries in light of the ever-changing horizon? How exactly do we define "collections as service" in this new landscape? What kinds of expertise are needed for today's liaison librarian? And what does it mean to be a subject specialist if the actual choice of materials is guided by outside forces? Join us to share perspectives on these and other questions as we continue to work together to explore, assess, and re-imagine the role of the academic liaison.


Harriet Lightman

Head, Research & Learning Services, Northwestern University Libraries
Harriet Lightman heads Research & Learning Services at Northwestern University Library, and is the library's long-time liaison for history. She was formerly the Head of Academic Liaison Services, and Head of Research & Information Services at Northwestern, and served as a liaison... Read More →

Marianne Ryan

Associate University Librarian, User Strategies, Northwestern University Libraries

Thursday November 3, 2016 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
Cypress Ballroom North, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401