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Subject Liaison Librarians: Your Partner in Research and Education

By BTL on November 16, 2015 10:01 AM | Permalink


Did you know that every academic program at UNLV has a liaison librarian? These subject research specialists collaborate with you on the research and education mission of the university in a variety of ways. Instructors and students can reach out to their subject liaison librarians to consult on topics including:


  • Resources needed for your academic program or your own research. This may include books and journals, but also unusual items like data sets, maps, video, audio, reports, historical documents, or standards. Your liaison librarian can help you get access to the materials you need.
  • Library instruction for courses that include a research assignment. Librarians work with students in class to develop research skills and also help design course assignments that include a research element. They bring deep knowledge of university and subject-specific curricula as well as training in transparent assignment design. Liaison librarians also create course-related webpages for library resources.
  • Searching for information and staying organized. Librarians can point out the most time-efficient sources for your literature review needs, help you design advanced search strategies, and provide information about citation-management tools that will save time on long-term research projects.
  • Publishing and disseminating your research. Your liaison librarian is familiar with trends and publications in your field and can consult on evaluating and selecting publication venues for your writing and research. Librarians will also show you how to deposit your research in our institutional repository, Digital Scholarship@UNLV, making it searchable and accessible to the world.

Here are a few examples of ways liaison librarians are working with their campus partners.

  • Sue Wainscott, STEM liaison librarian, is working with faculty in engineering on grant-funded research. She was involved with design of a literature search and analysis that includes traditional academic literature and “grey” literature including agency reports, map data, and technical papers.
  • Lateka Grays, hospitality liaison librarian, holds office hours in Beam Hall to provide on-site research assistance to faculty members and students in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.
  • Susie Skarl, urban affairs liaison librarian, is working with faculty in criminal justice to develop a new doctoral program that integrates library research throughout the curriculum.

To get in touch with your liaison librarian, see the list of librarians by subject.