Northcentral University (NCU) Library's liaison librarians are subject specialists. In addition to providing the highest level of support in the area of information literacy, liaison librarians serve as the primary contact between the Library and their schools. This model improves communication and provides outreach opportunities between the library and the NCU community, enables the Library to make more qualitative and data-informed collection development and service improvement decisions, and provides increased visibility for the Library across the university. Liaison librarians advise students, faculty, and staff on library resources, services, and policies. Additionally, they offer numerous specialized services, including the following:
Liaison librarians establish and maintain regular communication with colleagues in their schools regarding Library resources, services, policies, and usage data/trends. Communication includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Additional details about liaison librarian services appear in the sections below.
The NCU Library is dedicated to supporting student learning and success in the area of information literacy. Students can reach library specialists for general, live reference support via Ask a Librarian, chat, email, phone, and text message. All contact information is included on the Library’s home page.
Reference assistance from liaison librarians is a distinct service consisting of discipline-specific, advanced research support. Weekly office hours are posted on the Library Events page. Faculty may also partner with a liaison librarian to create a personalized support plan for one or more students.
Liaison librarians create and present subject-specific instructional sessions including recorded library workshops and quick tutorial videos. Liaison librarians may collaborate with faculty members to create new instructional resources or sessions based on student needs.
Liaison librarians provide advanced assistance to meet students’ specific research needs in the form of in-depth, personalized, one-on-one research consultations. Research consultations are most beneficial to doctoral students who are already familiar with basic library search techniques, have a clearly identified research topic, and have already done significant research on their own.
Liaison librarians are dedicated to supporting the NCU curriculum by providing high-quality resources, including databases, journals, videos, library guides, etc. Faculty may contact liaison librarians for assistance with the following: