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by Betsy Peck Learned, Associate Dean


Library liaisons are the personal connection between you and the library. As part of a staffing reorganization in 2012, the library adopted an engagement-centered model for library services in an effort to build and sustain critical relationships between the library and the campus community.  This model embraces the concept that library professionals have a leadership role in furthering library and university priorities. The liaison librarians are assigned to specific disciplines and/or majors in which they share an academic background or research interest with the teaching faculty and students in these areas.


The liaison model was adapted from the University of Minnesota Library’s “Position Description Framework” and includes five areas of responsibility for each librarian. These include:


Campus Engagement:

Serve as the library’s primary liaison to faculty and students in assigned subject areas; take initiative to facilitate communication about their resource needs and service expectations.


Teaching and Learning:

Provide pedagogically appropriate instruction for library users through a variety of instructional methods.


Research Services:

Provide in-depth, specialized research consultations and reference services for the Roger Williams University community.


Collection Management:

Contribute to the management of and access to library collections to support teaching and research.


Digital Tools:

Promote use of subject-specific information resources and services to meet user needs and expectations, utilizing current technologies and information tools.


To find the library liaison to your subject area, consult the list on the library website at: