Inspired by Martin Tsang’s presentation at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and his Faculty Conversations Tips, Andrew Zonderman and I initiated and completed the European History Faculty Conversations Project in spring 2019. The goal of this project was to have informal conversations with the faculty and graduate students to:
a) ensure the European/World history collection development policy met their research and instruction needs; b) to identify new/emerging areas of research and teaching interests; and c) find out other ways in which the Woodruff Library and European/World History Librarian can support the faculty and students.
The project revealed that our current collection development policy not only met their needs but also exceeded their expectations. The outcome was a detailed report with recommendations for a) building/strengthening collections in emerging areas of research and teaching interests and b) effectively marketing our services and resources.