At the University of Central Florida Libraries, the Scholarly Communication Division, the Research & Information Services Department and the Acquisitions & Collection Development Department are collaborating to create and support a Subject Librarian initiative that focuses on increased outreach to faculty and students and proactive promotion of scholarly communication initiatives to the university community. Since January 2013 these three units have worked together to emphasize the importance of Librarians becoming more fully integrated in the university infrastructure through increased Subject Liaison roles. This collaboration has involved realigning/reassigning librarian subject assignments, including librarians from all units in the Scholarly Communication Advisory Group, and creating a new Web presence for librarians which links their instruction and collection development assignments http://library.ucf.edu/SubjectLibrarians/
The new emphasis on Subject Librarians working to profile their assigned academic departments and faculty and to map the curriculum for their assigned academic programs is leading to better informed collection development, more refined curriculum integrated instruction and a greater understanding and appreciation of Scholarly Communication/Open Access issues as they apply to the various disciplines.
The Liaison Librarians assigned to Research & Info Services and Acquisitions & Collection Development serve side-by-side on the Scholarly Communications Advisory Group, participate side-by-side in Collection Development and Reference Services meetings, and work side-by-side at the Research & Information Services Desk. They also participate together in Scholarly Communication workshops, Reference Services retreats, and Collection Development training. Join Michael Arthur and Barbara Tierney as they present a power point illustrating the above collaboration along with sample documents and web pages that highlight the new initiative. Attendees will come away with strategies for successful scholarly communication collaboration amongst disparate units in an academic library.