Liaison roles are generally commonplace in medical and health sciences libraries as librarians strive to develop and enhance relationships and collaborations with clinicians and faculty. While the liaison of the past acted primarily as the main contact between respective departments and the library providing a facilitative function (e.g. arranging for instruction sessions, inviting feedback on the collection, providing updates on new programs and services, etc.), today's liaison activities are more proactive and robust.
The Engaged Health Sciences Library Liaison features ten program descriptions that illustrate how the reach and scope of librarians in the medical/healthcare arena has changed dramatically since the inception of liaison services. The program outcomes described:
- illustrate a direct impact on curriculum development,
- address new information types with new access and preservation technologies,
- expand stakeholder groups,
- create research and teaching collaborations, and
- enhance functional roles.
This authoritative book copublished by the Medical Library Association demonstrates that collaboration and communication, the basic tenets of a liaison program, breed innovative programs and services that are relevant, current, and valuable.
Table of Contents
Lindsay Alcock and Kelly Thormodson
Chapter 1: Evolution and Expansion of Library Liaison Roles
Chapter 2: Incorporating Health Information Literacy into the Student Educational Enrichment Program (SEEP)
Chapter 3: Liaison Services to Medical Students
Chapter 4: Flexible Enhanced Learning and Foundations of Scholarship: A Reflective Case Study of a Medical Librarian's Role in the Delivery of an Undergraduate Medical Education Research CourseContext
Chapter 5: Librarians as Facilitators in the Active Learning Curriculum
Chapter 6: Who's Your Librarian? Student-librarian Pairing in a Graduate Systematic Review Course
Chapter 7: Liaison Faculty Collaborations - Faculty Engagement
Chapter 8: The Promise and Challenge of Interprofessional Engagement
Chapter 9: Curriculum Mapping: A Match Made for Liaison Librarian Skills
Chapter 10: Old Wine in New Bottles: Medical Special Collections in the 21st Century
Chapter 11: Boot Camps, Rounds and More: Liaison Roles in Clerkships and Residencies