Vanderbilt librarians host ACRL session on team-based collaboration, providing framework for librarians nationwide

Honora Eskridge, director of the Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science and Engineering Library, and Alex Carroll, librarian for STEM research, led a webinar earlier this year for the University Libraries Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The presentation, “Team Based Subject Liaisons: A Model for Research Engagement,” focused on the benefits of implementing a team-based liaison model to achieve more consistent, sustainable outcomes.

Librarians at research institutions are increasingly charged with providing consistent, timely and knowledgeable expertise to researchers throughout the research life cycle. This session highlighted the benefits that librarians with deep subject knowledge can provide to faculty and students across disciplines.

The Vanderbilt-led program reached a nationwide network of academic librarians. Nearly 1,000 participants registered for the program, and organizers commended Eskridge and Carroll for their impressive turnout and engaging content.

Dani Brecher Cook, associate university librarian for learning and user experience at the University of California, San Diego Library, provided positive feedback after watching the webinar recording.

“Thank you and congratulations on your excellent recent webinar on teams of subject liaisons,” Cook wrote. “You described a challenge that we share and then such a beautiful model for how a library might move forward. I’m so glad you have a successful model, and I’m very grateful to you all for providing this excellent resource for the field.”

“We are most grateful for Honora Eskridge and her leadership of the Science and Engineering Library, the Libraries’ Operations Group and Campus Library Services,” Acting University Librarian Hilary Craiglow said. “Her management and vision have been instrumental in making our library leadership transition period so successful.”

To watch the program in its entirety, visit the ACRL University Libraries Section website.