Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
A new program proposal always brings challenges for a subject liaison librarian and for a small library. This is especially true when a new program, such as mechanical engineering, represents an entirely new discipline area for the university and for a liaison librarian. This article will discuss how the Dixie State University library was able to leverage the experience a new library dean brought as a former engineering librarian to mentor a new engineering librarian. We will discuss how the library performed a thorough collection assessment and had a frank discussion with the program faculty, provost and others to advocate for resource needs. We were also able to build relationships with new faculty hired to lead the department which will hopefully result in a strong information literacy component in the mechanical engineering curriculum. Ongoing challenges include defining a core collection in the face of sometimes competing demands such as accreditation, faculty needs, and limited funding. Other libraries would benefit from our experiences in establishing a new engineering collection and services from the ground-up.
Peterson-Fairchild, K., & Burns, J. (2018, June), Board 95 : Making All the Gears Drive the Machine: New Library Collections and Services for Starting a Mechanical Engineering Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30143
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