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ATG Book of the Week: Liaison Engagement Success: A Practical Guide for Librarians

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Title: Liaison Engagement Success: A Practical Guide for Librarians
Authors: Ellen Hampton Filgo and Sha Towers
Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-5381-4463-3, $65; eBook: ISBN: 978-1-5381-4464-0, $61.50
Imprint: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021


As liaison librarianship has evolved from a collections-centric to an engagement-centric model, liaisons have had to grapple with new and evolving competencies and skills that are focused on how to engage with diverse constituencies and stakeholders. But what does that mean practically?

Liaison Engagement Success: A Practical Guide for Librarians will answer that question for academic liaison librarians, whether they are new to the profession or new to the liaison role. It offer specific proven strategies for engaging with user communities. Every community is different, and a liaison who takes up the tasks of engagement will need to be committed to building relationships, being flexible, and listening well, in order to understand the community’s needs and meet them.

This book offers specific strategies for :

  • Getting to know a user community
  • Finding effective strategies for proactive outreach
  • Collaborating with others for effective engagement
  • Evaluating and assessing the engagement that is happening

The book features practical tips and case studies for engagement with different disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, STEM, arts, professional disciplines, and with non-academic units”


Review

“Whether you are new to librarianship or taking on a new liaison assignment, this resource provides a great introduction, giving context and practical strategies to make big impacts on your campus across a variety of disciplines. The liaison success stories will give readers ample inspiration for creative ways to engage their own faculty and the chapters on leadership and assessment will also be helpful to those with more liaison experience.”– Tara M. Radniecki, head of the DeLaMare science and engineering library at the University of Nevada, Reno

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