by Sara Baron, Ed.D., Dean of the University Library
Many people start their library research with the indefatigable Google. However, in the library world we agree with author Neil Gaiman that, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”
On the 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey (CSS), we received several comments from students who are not sure where to turn with discipline-specific research problems. Here are two sample remarks:
- “[The reference service] was somewhat helpful, but I think I kept asking librarians for source advice in subjects they weren’t as familiar with.”
- “[Just] like students have an academic adviser, give each student an academic librarian that they can go to for help on particularly difficult projects, so they have a friend at the library.”
Yes, you have a friend at the Library. For each discipline at Regent, there is a Library Liaison who specializes in research in that subject and can help you find the best possible information for your projects. See the table below to find the research specialist in your discipline. Feel free to contact them directly or request help through our Ask a Librarian page. Whether student or faculty, your Library liaisons are standing by to help you succeed at Regent.
- Save you time by directing you to the best resources.
- Meet with you online (Skype or Google Hangouts), over the phone, or in person.
- Help you develop information finding and evaluating skills that will serve you well in your academic and professional careers.
- Acquiring resources for your research and classes.
- Developing research guides for your courses, or even a particular assignment, such as a big research project.
- Teaching your students research skills in your classroom, in the Library, or online.
- Helping you embed Library tools into your Blackboard courses.
A study published in Libraries and the Academy found that university faculty consider four functions of their libraries’ liaison program to be especially important:2
- Communicating with teaching faculty.
- Providing library services.
- Responding to faculty requests.
- Providing research expertise in the discipline.
The Library liaisons at Regent provide all these services and more!
Regent University Library Liaison Responsibilities for Instruction, Developing Research Guides, and Collection Development – 2014-2015:
Disciplines (Undergraduate & Graduate)
Business & Leadership
Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Leadership, Business, Leadership Studies, Economics
Communication, Cinema-TV, Journalism, Theatre, Animation
Instruction & Research Guides
Practical Theology, Theological Studies, Divinity, Ministry, Renewal Studies, Biblical and Theological Studies, Christian Ministry, Theology, Youth Ministry
All programs, including: Curriculum & Instruction (including Curriculum Collection), School Administration, Higher Education, English Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Studies (PreK-6 teacher licensure), Math Secondary Education
Hispanic Studies, French & Spanish
Research Guides &
Government, Public Administration, International Studies, American Government & Politics, Homeland & International Security, International Relations & Foreign Policy, Political Philosophy
Information Systems Technology, Mathematics,
Psychology & Counseling
Human Services Counseling, Psychology, Criminal Justice
Instruction & Research Guides
PsycCoun- Sandy Yaegle
CJ- Jason Stuart
2Julie Arendt and Megan Lotts, “What Liaisons Say about Themselves and What Faculty Say about Their Liaisons, a U.S. Survey,” Libraries and the Academy 12, no. 2 (2012), http:muse.jhu.edujournalsportal_libraries_and_the_academyv01212.2.arendt.html.
Are you aware of the services your Library liaisons provide? These include:
Research has shown that students with a GPA of 3.5 and higher frequently state that working with a librarian has helped them succeed.1 Library liaisons will: