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New Directions for Academic Liaison Librarians by Alice Crawford

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Liaison and community outreach: a Friends of the Library group

Abstract:

At the University of St Andrews Library Alice Crawford decided to try to address her library’s image problem by setting up a Friends of the Library group. The Library, she felt, needed to be re-established in people’s minds as a strong, refreshed and exciting research institution, and a Friends group with a remit to promote the library’s reputation and encourage interest in its collections might go some way towards rehabilitating this patient with a difficult past. The case study describes the various stages of the venture, from drafting a constitution to establishing a Committee, designing a web page, organising visits to interesting libraries and running a series of ...

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