Personal librarians

NOTICE: Personal Librarian Program on hiatus for 2017-2018

The program coordinator is on research leave during this time.  The program will resume in time for Fall 2018. We encourage all incoming students to register for Inforum tours - look for information posted in early September on the Orientation Workshops page.  We also encourage students to explore our website to find out more about our services, facilities, and resources, such as course reserves, study rooms, and tech loans. Inforum staff are available to assist and direct students in-person, by phone (416-978-7060), and email. Staff phone numbers and email addresses can be found in the staff section. The Inforum is dedicated to helping students suceed in their studies, so feel free to ask staff anything!

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What is the Personal Librarian Program?

The Personal Librarian Program provides personal academic library support to incoming iSchool Masters' students in all concentrations and programs. Each new student is matched to one of the four iSchool librarians, who are based in the Faculty's Inforum, a specialized library and information service for iSchool students and faculty.

photo of Lari Langford, Inforum Director, and personal librarian to iSchool studentsphoto of Elisa Sze, Inforum librarian, and personal librarian to iSchool studentsphoto of Kathleen Scheaffer, Inforum librarian, and personal librarian to iSchool studentsphoto of Nalini Singh, Inforum librarian, and personal librarian to iSchool students





iSchool librarians from left to right: Lari Langford, Elisa Sze, & Kathleen Scheaffer, Nalini Singh

The program's goals are: 1) to increase awareness; 2) to foster connection; 3) to save students' time; and 4) to provide professional advice.  Read a full description of our goals and desired outcomes.

How does the program work?

Incoming masters students will be emailed by their personal librarian in early September. She will email you a few times during the year, keeping you posted about the many services available to you, and suggesting timely resources.  Here are examples of questions we have been asked. You are strongly encouraged to email your PL with any questions you may have about:

  • Inforum services, resources, and facilities
  • General questions about the iSchool
  • Research strategies for your work on assignments and papers
  • The University of Toronto Library system, of which the Inforum is part, and more.  

How often you contact your PL is entirely up to you.   Feel free to approach us in-person as well.  Ask us anything!

How can my personal librarian help me?

We are here to help you feel comfortable and confident in your 1st year at the iSchool.  We can: 

  • Make you aware of what Inforum services, resources, and facilities exist
  • Answer questions about Inforum use, e.g. finding course reserves, borrowing technology, registering for iSkills workshops, making research appointments, requesting material from other libraries, and more
  • Refer/connect you with the appropriate staff person who can help with your question(s)
  • Assist you with assignments and papers by helping you find books and articles on your topic, and to develop effective search strategies and practices
  • Save your time by showing you how to efficiently and effectively navigate the wealth of resources provided by the University of Toronto Library system
  • Increase your academic confidence by demystifying research skills, and decoding library jargon
  • Connect you with other iSchool resources and people (as well as other U of T Libraries personnel) who may be of help with your projects and professional interests
  • Help you when you are unsure about where to start, or what to do next
  • Share our own on-the-job experiences as information professionals in a specialized academic library, and as former iSchool students

How can you help us?  photo of 3 of the Inforum librarians, Nalini Singh, Kathleen, and Elisa

We welcome your feedback to help us help you better. Email the PL coordinator, Nalini Singh with your comments and suggestions.  There will also be a short survey at the end of Winter term.  We look forward to working with you.

Acknowledgements to the librarians at Yale University Library and University of Toronto Libraries whose materials have helped to inform the iSchool's PL Program. 
                                                            Inforum librarians -- Nalini Singh, Kathleen Scheaffer, & Elisa Sze