Subject Liaison Program

The Library's Subject Liaisons are your link to the extensive range of services and resources offered by the Reference Department and Library. Each Reference Librarian serves as a Subject Liaison for a group of Stonehill College departments. Liaisons focus on improving reference services to their assigned departments, contribute to collection development, and provide faculty with a personal point of contact for requesting acquisitions. In addition, Liaisons are available to attend department meetings or meet with faculty about departmental research and programming needs to ensure that both student learning goals and faculty research needs are being met. Each department and some programs have been assigned a Liaison, but all members of the Stonehill Community are encouraged to use the services of any member of the library staff.

Goals of the Liaison Program:

  • Facilitate faculty/librarian collaboration

  • Increase library awareness of faculty needs

  • Provide subject-specific information literacy instruction as requested by faculty

  • Improve library Reference services to the Stonehill Community

  • Strengthen faculty and student access to library materials

  • Introduce new faculty to library resources

  • Convey information on new resources to faculty

  • Convey information on assessment of library resources and programs to faculty

Information Literacy Instruction Options:

  • Single sessions that take place in the library or in your classroom: these targeted sessions can address specific databases, research techniques for a particular assignment, proper citation guidelines, or any other targeted topic to address your students' information fluency needs;

  • Multiple sessions either at the library or in your classroom: build a customized set of sessions to address the range of research techniques your students will encounter during the semester;

  • A librarian as an embedded presence in your class sessions: provide your students with a "personal librarian" who is present during a large percentage of class sessions and assists with assignment design and instruction;

  • Librarian assistance and support for your students in eLearn: integrate a librarian into your course eLearn page to give students another means by which to become familiar with the library and the services we offer. In the eLearn environment, Librarians can include assist faculty with locating and uploading readings, provide students with online support for their research, and participate with faculty and students in online discussion boards and/or live chat sessions.

Additional Services:

  • Provide discipline-specific or course-specific training tailored to your assignments

  • Assist with assessment related to student learning outcomes

  • Provide one-on-one assistance to faculty and students

  • Help to locate and evaluate appropriate print and electronic resources for class-specific assignments

  • Assist with selection of new print and electronic resources for the library’s collection

  • Provide faculty with LibGuides tailored to individual classes

  • Assist faculty in adding resources to course e-learn pages

  • Brainstorm effective research assignments

Related Programs:

Each year the Liaisons participate in the Faculty-Librarian Partnership Program, offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library. This program provides a small cohort of faculty with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Reference Librarian in planning, implementing, and assessing student work in a course that includes research-based learning goals. For more information on the FLPP program, visit the Center for Teaching & Learning’s website or contact Stacy Grooters, x1324, sgrooters@stonehill.edu or Liz Chase, x1329, echase2@stonehill.edu.

 

Department Subject Liaisons

American Studies

Trish McPherson, 508-565-1844, pmcpherson@stonehill.edu

Biology

Heather Perry, 508-565-1538, hperry@stonehill.edu

Business Administration

Joe Middleton, 508-565-1433, jmiddleton@stonehill.edu

Chemistry

Heather Perry

Communication

Liz Chase, 508-565-1329, echase2@stonehill.edu

Computer Science

Heather Perry

Economics

Joe Middleton

Education 

Heather Perry

English

Liz Chase

Environmental Studies

Heather Perry

Foreign Languages 

Trish McPherson

Gender & Sexuality Studies 

Liz Chase

Healthcare Administration 

Joe Middleton

History 

Trish McPherson

Mathematics 

Heather Perry

Neuroscience 

Heather Perry

Philosophy 

Trish McPherson

Physics 

Heather Perry

Political Science 

Jane Swiszcz, 508-565-1452, jswiszcz@stonehill.edu

Psychology 

Jane Swiszcz

Religious Studies 

Trish McPherson

Sociology & Criminology

Jane Swiszcz

Visual and Performing Arts 

Liz Chase

Writing Program 

Liz Chase