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Liaising in the between : a plan for interdisciplinary outreach Fields, Erin 2012-01-06

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Interdisciplinary	
   subject	
   areas	
   provide	
   a	
   unique	
   challenge	
   for	
   liaison	
   librarians.	
   	
   	
   These	
   challenges	
  include,	
  developing	
  relaEonships	
  with	
  faculty	
  who	
  have	
  librarians	
  within	
  their	
  home	
   departments	
   and	
   implemenEng	
   programming	
   within	
   a	
   department	
   with	
   several	
   sessional	
   instructors.	
   	
   In	
   addiEon	
   to	
   the	
   problems	
   listed	
   above,	
   the	
   Centre	
   for	
   Women’s	
   and	
   Gender	
   Studies	
   (CWaGS)	
   at	
  the	
  University	
  of	
  BriEsh	
  had	
  a	
   	
  library	
  pordolio	
  that	
  had	
  shiLed	
  hands	
  several	
  Emes.	
   	
   	
  The	
   shiLing	
  of	
  the	
  pordolio	
  created	
  a	
  situaEon	
  where	
  faculty	
  and	
  students	
  had	
  become	
  accustomed	
   to	
  having	
  limited	
  systemaEc	
  contact	
  from	
  the	
  library.	
   	
    Jack	
  Bell	
  Building	
  	
   Centre	
  for	
  Women’s	
  &	
  Gender	
  Studies	
    The	
   Women’s	
   &	
   Gender	
   Studies	
   Research	
   Rescue	
   Zine	
   was	
   designed	
   as	
   a	
   handout	
   for	
   Imagine	
   Day,	
   a	
   day	
   that	
   invites	
   new	
   students	
  to	
  the	
  faculty	
  for	
  an	
  informal	
  “meet	
  and	
  greet.”	
  	
   	
   The	
  zine	
  format	
  was	
  chosen	
  due	
  to	
  the	
  nature	
  of	
  the	
  audience.	
  	
   Women’s	
  and	
  Gender	
  Studies	
  students	
  and	
  faculty	
  are	
  poliEcally	
   acEve.	
  	
   Many	
   create	
   their	
   own	
   acEvist	
   artwork	
   and	
   publicaEons.	
  	
   The	
  format	
  was	
  meant	
  to	
  engage	
  the	
  students	
  in	
  an	
  expressive	
   and	
  familiar	
  manner	
  that	
  would	
  encourage	
  further	
  contact.	
    Comic	
  found	
  at	
   	
  hVp://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?n=1295	
    	
   CWaGS,	
   founded	
   in	
   1991,	
  	
   is	
   the	
   home	
   of	
   the	
   Centre	
   for	
   Race,	
   Autobiography,	
   Gender	
   and	
   Age	
   (RAGA)	
   and	
   the	
   undergraduate	
   and	
   graduate	
   Program	
   in	
   Women’s	
   and	
   Gender	
   Studies.	
   	
   The	
   Centre	
   acts	
   as	
   a	
   coordinaEng	
   body	
   that	
   highlights	
   feminist	
   research	
   at	
   UBC	
   and	
   provides	
   a	
   network	
  for	
  scholars,	
  both	
  naEonally	
  and	
  internaEonally.	
   	
   A	
  permanent	
  librarian	
  posiEon	
  for	
  the	
  CWaGS	
  pordolio	
  began	
  in	
  November	
  2009.	
  	
  A	
  program	
  of	
   outreach	
  was	
  developed	
  in	
  January	
  2010.	
   	
    	
   	
   	
    CWaGS	
   offers	
   a	
   lecture	
   series	
   on	
   Wednesday	
   aLernoons	
   for	
   the	
   fall	
   and	
   winter	
   semesters.	
   The	
   series	
   includes	
   post	
   doctoral	
   and	
   visiEng	
   scholars,	
  faculty	
  both	
  from	
  CWaGS	
  and	
  addiEonal	
  departments	
  who	
   are	
   engaging	
   in	
   research	
   that	
   is	
   relevant	
   to	
   the	
   mission	
   of	
   the	
   centre.	
   In	
   collaboraEon	
   with	
   CWaGS,	
   the	
   lecture	
   series	
   is	
   being	
   recorded	
   and	
   offered	
   to	
   the	
   public	
   as	
   podcasts.	
   	
   	
   The	
   podcasts	
   began	
  in	
  September	
  2010	
  and	
  have	
  had	
  over	
  460	
  “views”	
  from	
  such	
   places	
  as	
  Burkina	
  Faso,	
  Algeria,	
  Korea,	
  China	
  and	
  Germany.	
   	
   	
   	
    1)  Develop	
  a	
  system	
  of	
   	
  iniEaEves	
  to	
  encourage	
  contact	
  with	
  the	
  faculty	
  and	
  students	
   of	
  CWaGS.	
   2)  Promote	
   the	
   services	
   and	
   resources	
   of	
   the	
   library	
   specific	
   to	
   the	
   study	
   of	
   women,	
   gender	
  and	
  sexuality.	
   3)  Highlight	
  the	
  unique	
  nature	
  of	
  interdisciplinary	
  research	
  and	
  instrucEon	
  assistance	
   available	
  to	
  faculty	
  and	
  students	
  from	
  external	
  departments.	
    To	
   encourage	
   informaEon	
   literacy	
   instrucEon	
   at	
   both	
   a	
   basic	
   and	
   advanced	
   levels,	
   workshops	
   for	
   faculty	
   and	
   sessional	
   instructors	
   were	
   developed.	
  	
   The	
   purpose	
   of	
   the	
   workshops	
   were	
   to	
   highlight	
   the	
   services	
   that	
  were	
  unique	
  to	
  Women’s	
  and	
  Gender	
  Studies	
  scholarship.	
   	
   From	
   these	
   workshops	
   came	
   a	
   series	
   of	
   consultaEons	
   with	
   faculty	
   and	
   visiEng	
   scholars	
   at	
   CWaGS	
   who	
   are	
   invited	
   each	
   semester	
   to	
   engage	
   in	
   research	
  and	
  discussion	
  with	
  the	
  department.	
    The	
  Librarian	
  @	
  Jack	
  Bell	
  program	
  is	
  a	
  weekly	
  drop-­‐in	
  service	
  offered	
  to	
  both	
  CWaGS	
   and	
   School	
   of	
   Social	
   Work.	
   	
   The	
   purpose	
   of	
   the	
   program	
   is	
   to	
   provide	
   students	
   with	
   onsite	
  research	
  assistance.	
   	
  AddiEonally	
  the	
  service	
  puts	
  a	
  “face”	
  to	
  the	
  library	
  which	
   raises	
  awareness	
  of	
  library	
  service.	
    Photos	
  by	
  Paul	
  Lesack	
    Percentage	
  of	
  Consulta0ons	
  Provided	
  by	
   Group	
  A9er	
  Project	
  Ini0a0on	
    CWaGS	
   produces	
   a	
   semiannual	
   newsleVer	
   that	
   provides	
   updates	
   to	
   faculty,	
   students	
   and	
  scholars	
  subscribing	
  to	
  the	
  listserv	
  of	
  the	
  centre.	
   	
  The	
  newsleVer	
  contains	
  reports	
   from	
  the	
  director,	
  undergraduate	
  and	
  graduate	
  advisor,	
  and	
  visiEng	
  scholars.	
  	
  To	
  bring	
   awareness	
  about	
  the	
  services	
  available	
  to	
  CWaGS,	
  the	
  “Librarian’s	
  Report”	
  was	
  added	
   to	
  the	
  newsleVer.	
  	
  	
  This	
  column	
  was	
  used	
  to	
  report	
  on	
  consultaEon	
  services	
  provided	
  to	
   faculty	
   and	
   students,	
   to	
   highlight	
   new	
   tools	
   and	
   resources,	
   and	
   to	
   offer	
   research	
   support.	
    	
    Undergraduate	
  Students	
    Graduate	
  Students	
    Faculty	
    21%	
   43%	
    36%	
    Sta$s$cs	
  from	
  January	
  -­‐December	
  2010	
    Prior	
  to	
  the	
  introducEon	
  of	
  these	
  iniEaEves,	
  contact	
  with	
  CWaGS	
  was	
  limited	
  solely	
   to	
   the	
   undergraduate	
   populaEon.	
   	
   Although	
   these	
   interacEons	
   are	
   important,	
   contact	
  with	
  faculty,	
  sessional	
  instructors,	
  and	
  graduate	
  students	
  provides	
  greater	
   opportunity	
  within	
  the	
  department	
  for	
  library	
  collaboraEon.	
   	
   The	
   process	
   has	
   been	
   a	
   slow	
   one	
   but	
   there	
   has	
   been	
   an	
   increase	
   in	
   consultaEon	
   services	
   to	
   graduate	
   and	
   faculty,	
   involvement	
   in	
   course	
   development	
   and	
   instrucEon	
  (e.g.	
  collaboraEon	
  on	
  course	
  reading	
  lists)	
  and	
  collegial	
  involvement	
  in	
   departmental	
   iniEaEves	
   (e.g.	
   promoEonal	
   assistance	
   for	
   the	
   conference	
   “ConstrucEons	
  of	
  Risk”,	
  invitaEon	
  to	
  CriEcal	
  Pedagogy	
  in	
  InstrucEon	
  lecture).	
    

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