Saturday, July 26, 2008

It's Because I'm an Expert

Stephanie's recent post, What Do Faculty Want of Librarians, got me looking back the past 6 years since I became an academic health sciences librarian. These are the things faculty members enjoyed having a connection with me, a health sciences librarian:

  • Get full text articles, print or electronic, at the point of need.
  • Conduct literature searches on their projects and research topics.
  • Update their course materials each year.
  • Update their dissertation references on a regular basis. Some of them are working on their PhD degrees while teaching in the departments.
  • Teach their students on how to use the library's resources to complete course assignments.
  • Create workshops tailed to a specific group of students.
  • Set up automatically email alerts on their research topics or on their favorite journals' TOCs.
  • Send out brief news, tips, and resources related to their fields.
In the past two years, I have been the library liaison to 9 academic units, including 2 colleges, 4 departments, and 3 divisions. I felt grateful and honored to be invited to co-teach with a nursing faculty in Informatics for Healthcare since 2006. I'm also a team member in this nursing information literacy grant--LISTEN. I felt I'm not quite understood as an academic librarian, though. I've tried to find ways to promote what I can do for the faculty and my departments. This comes back to Stephanie's invitation and question: "what can you do to help your department?"


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Lin said...


Thanks for the comment. Your comment took me to your blog. I'm interested to know what kind of free grant resources that are available for faculty members in this economic tough time.