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Stony Brook University Library Strategic Design 2015 - 2018, Academic Engagement


Liaison librarians contribute to the educational, research and clinical missions of Stony Brook University through:

  • Active engagement with the University community to understand, anticipate and respond to information needs.

  • The selection, acquisition and preservation of authoritative library resources and content.

  • Information literacy instruction and curriculum support.

  • Research assistance.

  • Advocacy for open access and scholarly communication initiatives.

  • The promotion of lifelong learning.


To enhance scholarly productivity and student achievement, and actively engage in the research and learning lifecycles.

Guiding Principles with Goals

Promote Academic Engagement

Strategically engage with all aspects of academic enterprise.

  • Organize meetings with new faculty.
    • Creation of departmental newsletters
    • New Faculty lunch 
    • One-one-one meetings, off-campus meetings
    • Creation of new faculty tool kit
    • Library tours
  • Attend departmental events, presentations, seminars, and cultural programs.
    • Faculty meetings, receptions, faculty talks, graduate student events, invited speakers, dissertation/thesis defenses, colloquiums,
    • SBU departmental graduations
    • URECA
    • ​Interdisciplinary research group events (Humanities Institute, etc.) 
  • Integrate into curriculum development activities.
    • Active participation on curriculum committees
    •  Embedded instruction
    •  co-teaching opportunities
    • Collaboration with campus units
    • Instruction/reference with student-athletes
  • Seek opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research, embedded instruction, projects, and grants.
    • SBLOD grant,
    • University Libraries Writers' Series
    • WISE survey (forthcoming)
    • Efforts to increase faculty awareness of research opportunities
    • Personal librarian program with honors course
    • Women's History Month
    • Digital Humanities Open Mic
    • School of Journalism data analysis

Promote services and expertise

  • Make research services more visible and impactful across campus by developing LibGuides and increasing outreach efforts.
    • Creation of new LibGuides
    • On-site reference in Humanities and SBS
    • Writing Center collaborations
    • SPD digital badge
    • WRDS training
    • Electronic Notebook and other specialized workshops
  • Promote open access publishing opportunities, and open access resources and platforms through workshops, events, LibGuides, and directly with faculty.
    • Scholarly Communication Roadshow
    • Open and Free Education at SBU
    • Open Access Week
    • Liaisons deposited research in the Academic Commons

Assess engagement activities

  • Begin to develop assessment planning protocols and strategies.
    • Conversations with Writing & Rhetoric and Undergraduate Colleges on developing assessment tools,
  • Utilize tools and data for assessment.
    • Online Q Course assessment
    • SPD digital badge development
    • LibInsight Instruction & Liaison Form
    • HSL Qualtrics Instruction & Liaison Form
  • Use information literacy assessment data to demonstrate library impact on university achievement and student performance.
    • Formation of Data Policy Group to determine use of assessment tools

Explore a variety of methods of engaging with faculty and students through diversified instructional activities.

  • Develop creative and innovative delivery methods for library sessions and workshops.
    • A total of 590 of AE events
    • A total of 9505 participants
    • A total of 529 teaching hours
    • Use of Adobe Connect to instruct
    • Creation of Camtasia tutorials
    • Use of for training
  • Work toward becoming fully integrated into the SBU curriculum.
    • Embedded instruction
    • Undergraduate College
    •  Honors College
    • URECA
  • Create a strong presence on Blackboard, LibGuides, and other university instructional tools and platforms.
    • Q Course
    • Updates to Libraries' page
    • Links from departmental webpages to library resources
    • University-wide online education committee,
  • Use the flexible spaces and furniture of the public areas to innovate with models of research services and teaching.
    • New instruction lab
    • Renovation of classrooms A&B
    • Student tours of renovation
    • North Reading Room and Central Reading Room redesign

Build, Preserve and Provide Access to Rich and Diverse Collections

Promote institutional repository

  • Promote IR and communicate related resources to university community.
    • Liaisons deposited research in the Academic Commons
    • Scholarly Communication Roadshow
    • ​PRELEC Lecture & Open Access Symposium
    • Scholarly Communication Center and webpage 

​Promote collections

  • Create awareness of subject-specific library resources.
    • Course integrated instruction
    • Specialized workshops 
    • Trials

Develop Responsive Library Spaces for Diverse Communities

Conduct space assessments

  • Conduct user surveys to identify collection, service, and space needs.
    • Feedback form on new furniture
    • Focus group with students on renovation outcomes
    • Comments page on website
    • Music Library Survey

Reinvent library space to enhance user experience

  • Plan and design physical spaces to meet users' needs with flexible furniture choices and technology features.
    • Renovation of NRR, CRR, and classrooms A&B
    • New instruction lab,
    • Scholarly Communications Center
    • Special Collections Seminar Room
    • New group study rooms and collaborative spaces
  • Re-define public service points to optimize user experience.
    • Consolidated information desk in NRR,
  • Invest in virtual presence: develop website, repository interface, social media and digital signage. 
    • STEM website
    • Scholarly Communication website
    • Digital Signage
    • Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Blog

Promote library presence

  • Establish consistent messaging university-wide.
    • Social media working group in place. 
  • Develop marketing plan to promote library.
    • Social Media working group in place.

Foster an Innovative Culture of Learning and Assessment

Raise profile of library faculty

  • Develop a culture of research.
    • Research & Writing Group
    • Data gathered on library faculty research projects
    • University Libraries Colloquium Series
    • Recent publications displayed on Faculty Profiles
  • Investigate library’s role in teaching SPD library science courses.
    • Faculty collaboration on integrating SBU librarians into library science curriculum,
  • Build network with regional graduate library programs.
    • New internship policy created
    • Key regional library programs identified for recruitment 
  • Institute faculty development opportunities related to academic engagement and liaison librarianship.
    • University Libraries Colloquium Series
    • University Libraries Writers' Series
    • Open Access Week
    • Women's History Month
    • Digital Humanities Open Mic
  • Commit to interdepartmental learning by attending academic department symposia and events.
    • Faculty meetings, receptions, faculty talks, graduate student events, invited speakers, dissertation/thesis defenses
    • colloquiums/symposiums

Enhance knowledge sharing across library

  • Create forum for knowledge-sharing.
    • University Libraries Colloquium Series,
    • Open Houses
    • Improv workshop
    • In-house trainings (by SBU librarians and outside professionals)
    • Retreats
  • Collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects.
    • WISE working group
    • STEM group
    • Research & Writing group
    • Co-authorship & co-presenter projects