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2016-2017 Strategic Goals, 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-on-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.
    • SBOLD 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
      • 2016: Increased integration with WRT 102 courses, increased engagement with Undergraduate Colleges, Poetry Month, partnership to create library events around First Year Common Read, first information session with SUNY Korea taught  

Promote services/expertise and enhance student engagement

  • 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 buildings
    • SPD digital badge
    • WRDS training
    • Electronic Notebook and other specialized workshops (46 events, 445 participants)
  • 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
    • Open Access Symposium and Prelec Lecture
    • Liaisons depositing their research into the Academic Commons
  • Enhancing Student Engagement
    • "Let's Talk" Animal-Assisted Therapy- CAPS Counseling & Psychological Services
    • Stony Brook Ultimate Frisbee Hang Out on Staller Lawn
    • Culper Spies Online Scavanger Hunt
    • "So You Want to Make a Tiny Book?"
    • Pi Day
    • Create Your Own Zen Garden
    • De-stress Button Event
    • #StudentStaffSpotlight
    • Native American Heritage Month- NASO
    • Rubik's Cube Event
    • 24 Hour SNACKS- Finals Week
      • 2016:  Increase On-Site Reference, Literary Karaoke expanded, increased creation of LibGuides, Pet therapy expanded for greater library outreach, greater number of events planned for Spring 2017 to promote student engagement with the library   

Assessing engagement

  • 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
  • 21 student outreach engagement events, reaching 2725 students
  • 42 campus-wide engagement events, reaching 3,350 patrons
    • 2016: Development of  protocols for assessment of instruction, survey of instruction for SUNY Korea conducted, instruction request form evaluated and adjusted, reassessment of HSL instruction form, increased data collected for assessing instruction

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.
    • ​590 AE events
    • 9,505 participants
    • 529 teaching hours
    • Use of Adobe Connect 
    • Creation of Camtasia tutorials
    • Use of for database training
  • Work toward becoming fully integrated into the SBU curriculum.
    • ​Embedded instruction
    • Undergraduate Colleges
    • Honors College
    • URECA
  • Create a strong presence on Blackboard, LibGuides, and other university instructional tools and platforms.
    • Q Course
    • Updates to Libraries' homepage
    • 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 in NRR
    • Renovation of classrooms A&B
      • 2016: Promote use of new spaces with relevant events (ex. Wikipedia edit-a-thon), increase instruction in our redesigned spaces, promote AE space for liaisons in CRR, meet with Undergraduate Colleges and Writing & Rhetoric to explore opportunities for scaffolded instruction

Build, Preserve and Provide Access to Rich and Diverse Collections

​Promote collections

  • Create awareness of subject-specific library resources.
    • Course integrated instruction
    • Specialized workshops, new resources and tools
    • Implementation of trials
      • 2016: Expand course specific instruction sessions, meetings with vendors held on-site and remotely, increase liaison outreach with regards to collections 

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
      • 2016: Observational studies for CRR, NRR & HSL are underway, long-term assessment practices are being explored, paper surveys distributed at HSL and Southampton 

Reinvent library space to enhance user experience

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

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 output
    • University Libraries Colloquium Series
    • Recent publications displayed on SBU Faculty Profiles
    • Faculty Research 2015-2016
  • 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
    • Open Access Symposium and Prelec Lecture
    • Women's History Month
    • Digital Humanities Open Mic
    • Music Concerts and "Art of Violin" Series
  • 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 and symposia

Enhance knowledge sharing across library

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