Issue: Spring 2015

End of Semester Blues – Your Faculty Liaison Librarian is Here to Help

If you do not know your department’s faculty liaison librarian or have not met with your faculty liaison librarian in a while, now is a perfect time to create new relationships and revisit old ones.

What do faculty liaison librarians do? At Saint Louis University, the faculty liaison librarians at Pius XII Memorial Library and the Medical Center Library support and respond to the discipline specific information needs of students and faculty.

While the role of faculty liaison librarians has remained relatively constant over the years, the services they offer have evolved with the changing technological, pedagogical, and research landscapes. Below is a list of faculty liaison librarian services available to all in the Saint Louis University community.

  • Meet with any member of the SLU community in one‐on‐one focused research consultations tailored to your needs

Not sure where to find a librarian. Stop by any of the service desks between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm for in‐ person help or schedule a library research consultation using the online SLU Appointments tool found in Banner.


Prefer the cloud – you can reach a librarian 24/5 using the chat service. Last year the Ask a Librarian service answered over 3500 online inquiries via email, chat, and text service.

  • Support self‐directed learning by designing tutorials, web tools, FAQs, and online research guides that support

Faculty liaison librarians have created over 240 research guides and video tutorials ranging from course specific guides to program overviews. When liaisons are unavailable, the LibAnswers tool has the answers for over 390 frequently asked questions. Need EndNote help? An EndNote research guide, and in‐person instruction help patrons navigate this important citation management tool.

  • Teach customized instruction sessions on the research process – an average of over 350 classes/year

Students have difficulty selecting and framing their research topic, forming effective search strategies with appropriate keywords, finding and evaluating sources, and formatting and citing sources. Library instruction can reinforce these necessary skills.

  • Partner with teaching faculty to create WebQuests, blogs, wikis, and other interactive instructional tools and assignments.

Click here for a WebQuest created by Dr. Joya Uraziee and Jamie Emery, faculty liaison librarian to the English department.

  • Embed faculty liaison librarian services in course management systems

Faculty liaison librarians collaborate with teaching faculty to enhance the online learning experience on Blackboard or any other online space.

  • Select and purchase library materials and resources that support the curriculum and faculty and student research

Faculty liaison librarians purchase books, media, journal subscriptions and databases to strengthen the library collection. We welcome your suggestions as well.

The liaison librarians are committed to student success, supporting student learning outcomes and empowering all members of the SLU community to foster life‐long learning through advanced information discovery and management skills.

Find your faculty liaison librarian. It is never too early to call, email, or stop by the Saint Louis University Libraries.

Martha Allen is a faculty liaison librarian at Pius XII Memorial Library. Her liaison departments are African American Studies, English for Academic Purposes, and Parks College.

Contact the Author

Martha Allen
Librarian, Chair RIS

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