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Envision a New Form of

Science Liaison Librarianship


Today’s scientific researchers are facing large-scale challenges as they try to navigate massive quantities of digital data, work across disciplinary boundaries, and keep pace with the requirements of data management plans and preservation needs.

The CALL Project will develop librarians and information professionals to be active participants in the research process rather than just supporters, to work directly with science professionals and researchers, and take on leadership duties to build bridges between libraries and scientists.

The CALL Model

The CALL Model. Adapted from the data lifecycle as proposed by DataONE (

CALL features advanced research participation with scientists throughout the entirety of the research lifecycle. The CALL model constructs a unique combination of intense collaboration that educates information professionals to understand how scholars in a particular discipline communicate and share information, how to communicate these concepts across disciplines and to the public, how to tackle data management successfully, and how to design and develop systems to support these collaborative structures.

The goal of this three-year project is to expand knowledge of science liaison librarianship. The project will address broad research questions related to the practice and implementation of science liaison librarianship:

  • What knowledge, skills, and abilities are required for science liaison librarianship?
  • What tasks and topics should be included in curriculum to best prepare future science liaison librarians?
  • What are common and frequent information needs of scientists served by liaisons?
  • How can the capabilities and roles of science liaison librarians be conveyed to scientists?