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Carol E. Smith, University Librarian, Colorado School of Mines

Sarah Ormeo, Colorado School of Mines

Many academic foundations employ a liaison model, designating a particular foundation representative to serve as the primary point of contact for each academic program. Working closely with your designated liaison can drive a library’s fundraising and engagement efforts, as well as help the entire Foundation staff better understand transformative trends in academic librarianship and the development goals of your library. This interactive presentation will review strategies that have worked successfully at one small research library to leverage the relationship with their designated liaison, as well as provide the opportunity for attendees to share their own strategies for successful liaison partnerships.

Speaker Bios:

Carol Smith is University Librarian at the Colorado School of Mines (2016¬–present). She will begin a new position as Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas, effective July 2023. Prior to Mines, she was Library Director at Adams State University (2013–2016). At the University of Central Missouri (2006–2013), she was a tenured Associate Professor of Library Services, serving as both a Business Librarian (2006–2010) and Technology Initiatives Librarian (2010-2013). Prior to librarianship, Carol held several positions of leadership in the oil industry and information services profession.

Sarah Ormeo has worked at Colorado School of Mines for the past 10 years. She works at the Arthur Lakes Library as the Library Program Administrator; Communications and Development Officer and is head of the Library Communications Team. Prior to working at the library, she worked in the Bursar Office. When she first arrived at the library, her focus was on revamping print communication and the past several years she focused on where communications meets development. She is married with a toddler, has lived in 6 states, and traveled to all 7 continents. Sarah is an active member of her local church. She enjoys traveling, learning new skills, and thinks that all problems are either challenges or opportunities.