Introduction

Abstract

It is difficult to define what ‘academic liaison’ really means. The job has its roots in traditional subject librarianship, but more is now required. Liaison librarians need to be ‘subject librarians plus’. The book will explore this ‘plus’ element and encourage liaison librarians to consider new possibilities. It will not attend to the well-worked area of information literacy teaching, but will offer case studies of other ventures. Case studies will show librarians setting up a medical library in Malawi, supporting the UK Research Assessment Exercise, teaching in virtual worlds, initiating digitisation and publishing projects, collaborating with academic colleagues to set up open access journals, managing outreach marketing ...

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