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Outreach Program

The department of Research & Learning Services outreach program consists of an extensive and active range of activities. These include close collaborations with faculty and graduate students and initiatives aimed at the undergraduate students in the 26 humanities and social sciences departments we serve. Our goal is to effectively increase awareness of our services among Cornell faculty, students, and staff while also extending outreach efforts to local community groups and remote users.

Our outreach program encourages collaborative work among library staff and other university departments to situate the library in university-wide initiatives and to promote awareness of library resources and services. We also find new ways of reaching patrons, including digital reference, online instructional aides, and interactive research guides.

Outreach to Faculty

We focus our outreach to faculty by:

  • welcoming new faculty at the beginning of each semester. All new faculty are invited to meet with a reference/instruction librarian and the selector for their area of study and teaching
  • building on established ties with faculty members
  • forming new lines of communication with faculty members

Outreach to Academic Departments and Programs

Our outreach program connects academic departments with the library. Along with our regular instruction program, we offer a number of information sessions to various departments and programs. Librarians, many of whom are subject specialists, have created a number of customized web pages for humanities and social sciences academic departments.

Outreach to the Local Community

Our outreach program has strong ties with local community groups through instructional outreach initiatives. This includes both bringing community groups to campus and also representing the library in the community. In addition, we regularly work with local high school groups by offering tours and information sessions. 

Outreach to Students

We offer a number of information sessions and tours at the beginning of each semester. These sessions are aimed at, and delivered to, a CU-wide audience. Orientation tours are available throughout the semester as podcasts.  

Outreach to Alumni

Our alumni outreach program includes a number of workshops offered during Alumni Reunion weekend. We coordinate the Ask A Librarian component of the Alumni & Friends web site, and provide podcasts of interest to alumni online.

Susette Newberry
Assistant Director
Research & Learning Services

106 Olin Library

09/16/2010 - 11:27am - sn18