Personal Librarians: Building Relationships for Student Success, 1st Edition

  • Lynne Bisko
  • Heather Buchansky
  • Brian C. Gray
  • E. Gail Reese
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 144085825X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440858253
  • DDC: 025.5
  • 174 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released September 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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In order to get the most out of their research, students need to understand the depth of resources and services available. Personal librarian programs help students-especially new ones-to feel welcome in the library and comfortable asking for assistance. They provide enhanced support and serve as students' point of contact to help them build the information literacy skills necessary to successfully navigate their academic path. This book focuses on specific ways to connect with and to engage first-year and new-to-campus students. The authors provide concrete guidance, informed by interviews with other librarians who have successfully implemented such programs, for librarians wishing to begin or expand programs of their own. Personal librarian programs provide opportunities for the proactive to build relationships that grow student confidence as future needs arise-and the authors, who coordinate personal librarian programs at their own institutions, demonstrate how well they work.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Fulfilling a Need.
3: Preparing and Scaling Up a Program.
4: Collaborating with Campus Partners.
5: Marketing and Communication.
6: Assessing a Personal Librarian Program.
7: Listening to Viewpoints across Campus.
8: Adjusting to Challenges and Lessons Learned.
9: Implementing Personal Librarian Programs for High School Students.
10: Expanding the Program beyond the Initial Audience.
11: The Future of Personalized Library Programs.
Appendix A—Assessment Tools.
Appendix B—Marketing and Promotional Materials.
Appendix C—Additional Readings.
About the Authors.