Liaisons Program

The library liaison program is designed to enhance communication between the Library and the academic departments of the university. Each academic department of the University selects at least one individual, generally a member of the teaching faculty, to serve as a library liaison. Departments with a variety of programs or divisions may appoint more than one liaison.

The library liaison is responsible for communicating departmental needs and interests to the Library. The liaison is the official contact for the Library faculty who serve as subject bibliographers. The liaisons work with the bibliographers to build collections that support the curriculum, research activities, and interests of the university community, and that reflect changes in a discipline or field of study.

The liaison also serves as the Library's primary contact person for the dissemination of information about library policies, new programs, and special resources. Information about Library services, such as library instruction sessions, may be sent to the liaison for distribution to departmental colleagues. The liaison is responsible for keeping colleagues informed of developments in the Library and for encouraging faculty involvement in developing the Library's collections and recommending modifications in their focus and emphasis.

The Collection Management and Special Services Department maintains a list of all liaisons and monitors vacancies created by resignations, retirements, and the creation of new departments. Appointments are confirmed annually, and new appointments are requested as appropriate. To report changes contact Katherine Martin, Head, Collections and Museums (319-273-7255)

Current Library Liaisons (Alphabetical by Department, School, or Program)