Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison. by Richard Moniz

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison. by Richard Moniz

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Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison. By Richard Moniz, Jo Henry, and Joe Eshleman. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2014. 208 p. Paper $58 (ISBN: 978-1-55570-967-9).

As the title states, this book is a fundamental overview of the common tasks performed by academic liaison librarians. Aimed at novices, this resource covers the basic concepts involved without getting lost in details that tend to vary among institutions. Thus this book serves as a solid foundation for library science students unfamiliar with the diverse responsibilities involved in being an academic liaison. The authors cover how the liaison role has evolved over time with new technologies, budget adjustments, and the changing nature of research; and yet they reinforce the idea that academic liaison work remains critical to the mission of many college and university libraries.

Each of the eleven chapters is concisely written to be about fifteen pages in length, and each chapter includes a convenient checklist of key concepts and separate bibliography. The fundamental duties discussed include orienting faculty to the library; developing subject expertise; assisting researchers; communicating with faculty; creating guides and online tutorials; performing collection development duties; teaching information literacy sessions; becoming "embedded"; supporting accreditation and new course development; and evaluating one's own effectiveness as a liaison. …

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