The Library Liaison Program helps establish and maintain an open channel of communication between librarians and the 43 academic departments. As liaisons, librarians help fulfill the Libraries Mission of identifying, collecting, and providing access to information in support of teaching and research at Western Illinois University.

Program Goals

  • To serve as an information consultant for the academic department with aim of increasing access
  • To facilitate communication between the Libraries and the academic departments
  • To act as an advocate for the department within the libraries
  • To help faculty develop library resources and build library collections based on their departments curricular needs
  • To increase faculty awareness of library services and resources, and to increase the Libraries awareness of department information needs
  • To help faculty integrate library resources into their teaching and learning strategies and thereby developing their students information literacy


As librarians we highly value access and service. Our role on campus is unique: we serve the information needs of the entire campus community. We aim to use this position to help insure that students and faculty have access to a wide variety of quality information resources. These values guide are commitment to:

  • developing, providing and maintaining high quality services, programs, and collections
  • collaboration and teamwork between librarians and academic departments