Best Practice Number 1: Analyze Your Curriculum and Engage with Your Departments and Faculty
Analyze the academic programs and the course offerings in your liaison areas.
By LC Classification
By research and assignments required
Are the YBP approval plans (CBB and Colby Slip Plan) addressing the depth of coverage needed?
Use the Registrar link on My Colby to do a curriculum search to see what courses are offered each semester to inform collection development. Identify writing intensive courses.
Contact faculty members prior to each semester to determine the formats, level, and depth of resources that will be needed for courses taught.
Get familiar with the research activities of your faculty member by doing a literature search. Where are they publishing or presenting their research? What are they publishing?
Engage with faculty on their ground. Attend department meetings, have the department send a schedule of major speakers, exhibits, symposia, performances or events and coordinate with collection support. Meet with faculty in their office to review their needs or answer questions.
Look at the CLAS abstracts and the Colby theses to see what is trending in Colby undergraduate research.
Select the particular departments/programs to see and download course offerings, requirements for the major/minor. Caveat, the information on the web may not reflect most current courses offered via the Registrar's Curriculum Search.
Do a "Curriculum Search" to find the most up-to-date department course offerings. Excel download available for course titles only for Fall and Spring courses. Find the Writing Intensive courses for your department here.
SRS Arts Librarian / Collections Functional Specialist