Bibliographers are subject specialists, a generalist within a
specialty who strives for a balanced view of the
discipline while responding to specific academic needs and interests.
The bibliographer helps to develop the Libraries' collections in
support of the University's research and instructional missions.
B. Subject Expertise
D. Temporary or Interim Bibliographer
In the event that a bibliographer leaves, resigns, or otherwise
becomes unable to continue bibliographic duties, a temporary bibliographer
may be appointed by the Faculty Director, Collection Development.
In most cases, a temporary bibliographer will be expected to take
care of approval books, orders, requests, and liaison work. Unless
agreed to at the outset, temporary bibliographers will not be expected
to teach or take part in orientation for that department.
E. Faculty Liaison
The importance of this role cannot be overstated. Only through
a thorough knowledge of the department—its research, its
degrees, its faculty, its courses—can the bibliographer anticipate
the collection needs of that department. It should always be top
priority to establish and maintain good communication with a departmental
library committee or library representative and other interested
faculty of the teaching departments. Distribute library information
such as your name and how you can be reached, brochures, instructions
for putting materials on reserve, how to request the purchase of
new materials, etc., to all new faculty and inform all faculty
on possibilities for library use instruction for students. The
bibliographer may also offer his or her assistance in planning
and coordinating student library assignments. The subject bibliographer's
work as liaison is an important component in building academic
partnerships with the Libraries as well as building the collection.
In order to be effective, a bibliographer must be aware of programs,
areas of excellence, and degrees granted in departments for which
resources are intended. These are primary factors in collection
development. Sources of this information may be a departmental
program review or web site.
F. Fund Management
Due to the budget process, final amounts for each subject are often
not available until after the start of the fall semester. In such
a case, operating budgets will be the same as the previous academic
year until the new budget has been distributed.
The amount assigned to each discipline is based upon the previous
year's budget. If the bibliographer feels that changing circumstances
in a department would warrant a change in budget, a request for a
budget increase should be made to the bibliographer's representative
on the Bibliographers Budget Advisory Committee, or the Faculty Director,
Collection Development, for consideration.
Information pertaining to budgets, both allocations and amount remaining,
is available online through the Management option in the staff mode
of Chinook. Reports will be distributed periodically by the Faculty
Director for Acquisitions.