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Developing Good Relationships with Faculty

These are some suggestions for developing good relationships with faculty representatives. These suggestions provide an opportunity to help selectors build the Library's collections as well as earn the respect of faculty outside the Library. Developing supportive relationships with outside faculty will also help selectors to develop their skills as librarians.

  • Become acquainted with the departmental rep and his/her area of specialty and also become familiar with other members of the department and their research interests.

  • Keep a list of sources that the faculty would like to see the Library buy, particularly if the item is expensive.

  • Maintain a list of research interests of the represented faculty.

  • Stay informed about the titles faculty are ordering so you can discover their areas of interest.

  • Stay informed about the amount of money a department has expended so the department can be notified or so that some book order forms may be prepared.

  • Contact the representative regularly at least once or twice per semester.

  • Phone the representative rather than writing a memo or if you send a memo, follow up directly with a phone call.

  • Remember that not every scholar understands librarianese so avoid library jargon. Not every professor knows what a monographic standing order is.

  • Read USC Times to discover in what areas professors are publishing or presenting papers.

  • Peruse the new course listing each semester to see the courses offered and the listed instructors.

  • Offer to pass along questions or concerns to the appropriate areas even if they are not in your area of expertise.

  • If you see a title come in on approval (or otherwise) that may be important to a faculty member you know, place a hold/notify request in the book and then contact the faculty member.

  • Attend lectures, discussion groups, etc. sponsored by your department(s) or program(s).

  • Do some outside reading in your area(s) and read information relevant to collection development for your area.

  • Become involved in bibliographic instruction.

  • Invite yourself or obtain an invitation to a departmental meeting.

  • If a library committee exists within your department, attempt to become an ex-officio member.

    Other Sources:

    "Checklist for the new selector." C&RL News July/August 1988. p.434-435.

    "Departmental profiles: a colllection development aid" C&RL News April 1993.p.196-199.

    "Faculty research profile.created for use in a university library." Journal of Academic Librarianship July 1990. p. 154-157.

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