Moving From a Subject Specialist to Functional Model
Presentation given at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans, LA, as part of the Digital Scholarship Section-sponsored panel "Bridging the Gap: Supporting Subject Liaisons to Become Ambassadors for Digital Scholarship in Academic Libraries."
split between two parallel public services departments in disciplinary libraries • Main responsibilities included reference desk shifts, introductory instruction, and collection development. Librarians’ relationships with departments varied. • Shrinking staff, with retirements and vacancies going unfilled, including department heads • Exciting new service areas identified by both librarians and administration--but limited capacity Brianna Marshall | @notsosternlib | #DigScholACRL
Teaching & Learning and Research Services, through strategic planning process • 2016-2017: Two directors hired • May-Sept. 2017: Active phase of reorganization • Sept. 25, 2017: New structure in place Brianna Marshall | @notsosternlib | #DigScholACRL
team to it • Strive for transparency • Solicit feedback at all levels - but especially from those whose roles will be changing • Acknowledge the value of past work Recognize that change is difficult and that people will react in different ways. Be empathetic. Brianna Marshall | @notsosternlib | #DigScholACRL
Library Issues, no. 294: https://publications.arl.org/rli • Week-by-week timeline of active phase of reorganization • How we gathered input from librarian colleagues • Lessons learned and future steps *Written in collaboration with UCR Library colleagues: • Ann Frenkel, Deputy University Librarian • Tiffany Moxham, Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development and Scholarly Communications Strategies • Dani Brecher Cook, Director of Teaching and Learning Brianna Marshall | @notsosternlib | #DigScholACRL