Fundamentals for the academic liaison

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/07/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — The changing higher education environment requires a new kind of relationship among faculty, academic liaisons and students. Written in a straightforward way that lends itself to easy application, “Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a core resource for any LIS student or academic librarian serving as a liaison. Richard Moniz, Jo Henry and Joe Eshleman lay out the comprehensive fundamentals of the discipline, helping librarians build the confidence and cooperation of the university faculty in relation to the library. This handbook shows how to connect and assist faculty and students through skillful communication and resource utilization, covering key topics such as:

  • orientation meetings;
  • acquiring subject specialization;
  • advice on faculty communication and support;
  • online tutorial creation;
  • collection development;
  • information literacy instruction;
  • embedded librarianship;
  • library guides;
  • new courses and accreditation;
  • evaluation methods.

Moniz has been a director of library services for Johnson & Wales University since 1997. He has also, in the past, simultaneously served as head of information technology services and taught classes on various subjects and has taught for the MLIS program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2006. He is the author of the textbook “Practical and Effective Management of Libraries.”

Henry is currently the information services librarian at South Piedmont Community College. Formerly, she worked at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and has over 20 years of experience in sports club management and instruction. She has published in Public Services Quarterly and Library Review, and has presented at the Metrolina Information Literacy Conference and the North Carolina Library Association Conference.

Eshleman has been the instruction librarian at Johnson & Wales University Library–Charlotte since 2008. During this time, he has taught numerous library instruction sessions. Prior to becoming a librarian, he was a systems administrator at Nucor Steel and an IT director at the science museum Discovery Place, both in Charlotte. He completed the Association of College and Research Libraries’ immersion program in 2009 and has presented at numerous conferences.

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