Brock Library to launch new organizational structure in May – The Brock News

After several years of strategic planning, consultation and review, Brock University Library will implement a new organizational structure next month.

The changes will take effect on Monday, May 2, and will include two new departments, a department name change, and a team model to support faculties.

University Librarian Mark Robertson says the transformation of libraries to a digitally-dominated environment and the desire to align more with the library’s and university’s strategic priorities have been key drivers for the organizational review and the new organizational structure.

“Academic libraries have undergone profound technological change over the past few decades, with new areas of expertise and focus, such as digital scholarship, digital literacies, open educational resources, and research data management. “, did he declare. “The new organizational structure will help consolidate the Library’s support for teaching and learning, strengthen the University’s research mission and enhance the learning experience for students.

Most important for library users will be a change in the way librarians support programs. The long-standing model of individual liaison librarians supporting specific academic units will be replaced by a cross-functional team approach. The Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences and the Goodman School of Business will each have their own team of three librarians, who will act as a point of contact for faculty members and will draw on expertise from across library departments.

“This new team-based approach provides faculty and students with a wider range of experience and expertise to help them meet their teaching, research and collection needs and provides a higher level of communication. consistent,” Robertson said.

Faculties can expect to receive an email within the next two weeks announcing their team of librarians and how to contact them. Until then, faculty members can continue to communicate with their liaison librarian for support in teaching, learning, and research.

In addition to the new faculty-based team model, the organizational overhaul will impact three of the Library’s six existing departments.

The Liaison Services Department will be replaced by a new Teaching and Learning Department, which will oversee the library’s ongoing and strategic teaching role within the university’s curriculum. The unit will work closely with university programs to ensure a sustainable and integrated approach to course-based teaching in areas such as information literacy, digital literacy and research skills. It will also develop online learning objects, support the adoption and creation of open educational resources, and provide support for digital pedagogy.

A new Research Lifecycle department will encompass the Maps, Data and GIS Library and bring together many of the Brock Library’s existing research-related services, supporting areas such as digital scholarship, geographic information, data visualization, research data management and scholarly communications.

The Access Services department will be renamed User Services and Engagement to better reflect an expanded role in developing and coordinating events, extracurricular workshops, and other forms of student and community outreach.

More information about Brock Library’s organizational redesign is available in this online document. Questions can be emailed to Robertson at