1. Getting to Know Your Faculty
i. Research your prospects
- Learn more about the department. Check the department website. You can request a list of your department’s faculty members.
- Learn about the research and other interests of a faculty member by finding their online CV, running a database or Google search.
- Review UofT Degree Level Expectations for your area, if available.
- If you have time, review UofT academic plans and vision statements.
ii. Reach out – instruction
- Connect with the undergraduate and graduate coordinators. Find out what their issues are. Ask them to suggest instructors of key courses that would benefit from librarian connections.
- Review our Supporting Teaching pages for ideas that are easy to implement and can have a big impact. Supporting information literacy doesn’t always — or only — require a classroom visit.
- Find and contact student associations in departments. Here’s an example for Anthropology found through a Google search.
- Does the department or program have a regular newsetter? See if you can submit relevant items for inclusion.
- Further reading: Talking to Faculty (University of Pittsburgh); Stepping on toes: The delicate art of talking to faculty about questionable assignments
iii. Reach out – research
- Schedule a meeting with a faculty member to learn more about their research, and to find out how you might help them.
- Further reading: Trott, Barry, and Isabel D. Silver. “Outreach Activities for Librarian Liaisons.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 54, no. 2 (Winter 2014): 8–14.
2. Sample Outreach Emails
These sample emails from UTL liaison librarians welcome new faculty members and others to U of T and the UTL system.
- Liaison Email to Faculty 1 – Linguistics
- Liaison Email to Faculty 2 – Political Science
- Liaison Email to Faculty 3 – Business
- Liaison Email to Faculty 4 – Scholarly Communications
- Email to Student Groups
3. Tour Scripts
This is a sample script occasionally used during tours for new faculty or candidates who are interviewing at U of T.