Published on June 13, 2016
1. Liaison Evaluation: a small college solution. JONATHAN MILLER (JXMILLER@ROLLINS.EDU) ARL LIBRARY LIAISON MEETING, ALA 2016, ORLANDO.
2. Rollins: The facts Location: Winter Park, FL Carnegie Class: Master's/L Endowment: $366,900,000 Students: 3,264 FTE Faculty members: 233 Olin Library: 10 librarians
3. Liaison “Job Description” Program Goals – further strategic priorities, expand instruction, support the college, develop collection development, partner with faculty. Expectations – Two way communication, partnership, development, innovation. Liaison Goals – personal contact, two way communication, partnerships around information literacy, collection development, innovative projects, Tips & Tricks – persistence, interest, problem solving, learning, communication, understanding. See http://scholarship.rollins.edu/as_facpub/72/ Appendix 1 for more details.
4. Evaluate the liaison librarian, not the Program LibQual and MISO – but needed more detail. Based on faculty perceptions (including adjuncts.) Simple to use for both librarians and faculty. Respect the confidentiality of respondents and the privacy of librarians Formative not normative. A self-reflective assessment that supports continued development. At a small college will faculty be prepared to give their librarian colleagues honest feedback? Conducted every two years (next up: Round 3, Spring 2017.)
5. The survey (Appendix 2) Respondents identify their department, then their liaison (or “I don’t know.” Select interactions from a list of 18 (e.g. He/she instructed or presented to a class of mine.”) Rate the interactions overall (with room for comments.) Identify how much interaction they want (less/more/about the same.) Comment on how the liaison could do better. Demographics: rank and seniority. General comments.
6. Formative Assessment Librarians as a group review anonymized, aggregated results. Each liaison reviews their own results (including results from respondents who identified with one of “their depts.”, but did not know the liaison (≈11%) Reviews previous liaison plan and prepares updated plan. Meet with the director. Relationship between interaction rating and amount of interactions desired. Comments give useful feedback on what works and what does not. Assessment as “push poll.”
7. Liaison as “Vulnerable method” (Larry Miller, 1977) Three rounds of surveys by 2017. Librarians are free to use them in P&T reviews. Temptation to try and ID respondents. Power dynamics of the meeting with the director. Faculty members are prepared to give honest feedback.
8. Want more details? http://scholarship.rollins.edu/as_facpub/72/ Miller, J. (2014). A Method for Evaluating Library Liaison Activities in Small Academic Libraries. Journal of Library Administration, 54(6), 483-500. DOI:10.1080/01930826.2014.953387 These slides http://www.slideshare.net/JonathanMiller70/rollins-liaison- evaluation-arl-meeting-ala-2016 10.1080/01930826.2014.953387
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