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Collegiate Librarian/Information Officer Program

By Dana Sally, co-head, reference department

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 07 - October 6, 1994

With the start of the new academic year, the University Libraries began implementation of a new outreach effort, the Collegiate Librarian/Information Officer (CLIO) program.

Developed in response to academic-restructuring mandates, the primary goal of this program is to place information professionals in closer physical proximity to the largest group of information users on campus: the faculty, staff, and students of the university's colleges.

Located within the colleges, the reference librarians participating in this program will act as the primary contact between the units and personnel of the college and the University Libraries/Information Systems. Their fundamental mission will be to design and implement customized services and programs that will meet the unique information needs of the college clientele they serve.

Though traditional library and information services will be included as standard offerings by the Collegiate Librarian/Information Officers, an emphasis will be placed on electronically accessible and networked information sources. Depending on the particular research and teaching needs of the individual colleges, the Collegiate Librarian/Information Officer will offer the following types of services: library instruction, reference consultation, database searching, designing library assignments, developing information support for new courses and programs, surveying new areas of research, providing access to remote information sources available over the Internet, or through other library-mediated arrangements such as DIALOG, FirstSearch, CARL UnCover, etc.; and acting as the communications link between the Library and Information Systems and the academic areas.

The CLIO program, which eventually will place librarians in all of the major academic units, began this fall with the assignment of Collegiate Librarian/Information Officers to the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Education, Human Resources, and certain units within the College of Arts and Sciences. At present, all four of the individuals serving as CLIO's are in place in their respective academic areas, devoting approximately 30 hours per week to their new responsibilities. The individuals, their office locations, and phone numbers are: Education, Susan Ariew, 400 B War Memorial Gym, 1-7040, E-Mail: SAA@VT.EDU. Agriculture and Life Sciences: Linda Maddux, 1330 Litton-Reaves, 1-9670, E-Mail: LMADDUX@VT.EDU.

Human Resources: John Tombarge, 258 Wallace, 1-6214, E-Mail: TOMBARGE@VT.EDU. Arts and Sciences: John Stemmer, 525 McBryde, 1-5155, E-Mail: JSTEMMER@VT.EDU.

Outreach efforts by the University Librar.