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New Collaboration Methods for Laboratory Liaisons



Nancy Allmang, Mylene S. Ouimette, Lea Wade


Three years ago the Information Services Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiated a library-laboratory liaison program. In the programs early years the liaisons performed in-depth research and analyses, worked with researchers to build the collections, and addressed issues related to training and accessing resources. Since that time the program has expanded and liaisons have developed new and creative means of communicating with customers. This poster highlights some new collaboration methods. Liaisons have become embedded members of three formal scientific working groups, developed a comprehensive bibliography of over 1,100 customer-authored publications for the period 2000-2004, and procured direct funding to secure additional access to library resources in a field new to the organization. They ve conducted two important surveys--one to identify core journals for 42 working units separately and for the organization as a whole, and the second a focus group assessment of 4 interdisciplinary groups whose information needs had been difficult to define. Other liaison projects: development of a unique analysis method to gauge the impact of publications authored by lab members, including proceedings papers and journal articles; collaboration with laboratories in assembling a timeline with descriptions of important achievements; consultation with lab members on the preparation of a major lab publication. Plans are currently under way to identify means of bringing cross-disciplinary researchers together for networking purposes, a need articulated by focus group participants.
Proceedings Title
ACRL Science and Technology Section of ALA Annual Conference 2006 | | | ALA
Conference Dates
June 24-27, 2006
Conference Title
ALA Annual Conference


laboratory liaisons, liaison collaboration, liaison outreach, liaison program, library focus groups, Library liaisons, publications analysis


Allmang, N. , Ouimette, M. and Wade, L. (2006), New Collaboration Methods for Laboratory Liaisons, ACRL Science and Technology Section of ALA Annual Conference 2006 | | | ALA (Accessed February 23, 2024)
Created June 1, 2006, Updated February 17, 2017