Breaking the Mould: How Re-examining the Allocation Formula Led to the Creation of a Dynamic Role for the University's Librarians

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2007-12-03
Authors
Paris, Terrence
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The Partnership: The Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada
Abstract
A modestly conceived proposal to change a long established allocation formula rapidly evolved into a new model of library service. The new model created five discipline funds groups: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Educational Studies and Business Studies and the assignment of liaison tasks to the five professional librarians and the archivist. The goal of creating a fairer allocation was superseded by more substantive goals intended to: loosen the ties of collections funding to 24 departments by funding groups of cognate disciplines and unique programs of interdisciplinary instruction and research; involve all librarians in the task of collection analysis and development; redefine librarian positions to promote their contribution as full partners with classroom faculty in solving problems and improving research and teaching. Along with improved collections, the ultimate goal is a full integration of the librarians' professional expertise with the University's newly drafted strategic plan
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Interdisciplinary studies , Faculty-Librarian relations , Liason librarians , Collections development
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Paris, T. (2007). Breaking the Mould: How Re-examining the Allocation Formula Led to the Creation of a Dynamic Role for the University's Librarians. Partnership: The Canadian Journal Of Library And Information Practice And Research, 2(2). Retrieved March 15, 2010, from http://www.irss.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/view/302/566
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