Agreed to Principles for Liaison Librarians

Agreed-to-Principles for Liaison Librarians

  • Liaison work should be reasonably balanced among continuing librarians
  • Liaison work should take into consideration the full range of that work (instruction or preparation for instruction where the liaison librarian is not on the same campus, program review/accreditation, course or program assessments, day-to-day communication, and collection development)
  • All continuing librarians should develop knowledge and experience of both OC university transfer and non-university transfer programs.
  • Program location is a factor to consider, but not necessarily a determining factor, when dividing liaison areas
  • A librarian’s education and experience are factors to consider, but not necessarily determining factors, when dividing liaison areas
  • Because liaison work is based on the establishment and maintenance of relationships, continuity within liaison areas is preferred to frequent change, whenever possible
  • Part-time continuing librarians will have prorated liaison responsibilities (reduced volume of liaison work consistent with their part-time assignment)
  • Liaison librarians will develop the class instruction for accredited programs, and for courses/programs whose content is the same across all campuses. Librarians in other campuses will instruct from liaison librarian-prepared instructional content.
  • Portfolio areas/departments can be further subdivided when librarians agree this is appropriate (e.g. splitting some Engineering Technologies or some Health programs)
  • Liaison departments/areas with substantial overlap in content will be placed with the same liaison librarian (e.g. Social Work department [a few courses] and HSW)
  • Shared Kelowna librarian responsibility for completing non-liaison instruction on the Kelowna campus


Development responsibility: Librarians
Approval responsibility: Library Management Committee
Version history: Draft October 11, 2013