Goals & outcomes of the Personal Librarian Program

personal librarian logo1.  Increase awareness

Personally introduce new iSchool students to the wide range of resources, services, and facilities provided to them by the iSchool Inforum – the Faculty’s specialized library and information service.

Keep students informed with periodic email-messages that will offer updates on timely and useful Inforum-related matters.

Outcomes

New students will:

  • Know what Inforum services, resources, and facilities are available to them, and which staff they can approach about specific issues
  • Gain information about the Inforum’s procedures and policies e.g. how to access Course Reserves, how to book a group study room, how to book a research consultation with a librarian, how to configure their devices to access the campus wireless network, how to contact Inforum staff for help
  • Be kept aware of new resources and programs, e.g. extended laptop loans, via periodic email
     

personal librarian logo2.  Foster connection

Connect students to appropriate academic and professional resources, both within and external to the iSchool.

Connect students to the wealth of resources provided by University of Toronto Libraries, the largest academic library in Canada.

Act as a friendly guide, helping students to feel comfortable and confident as they begin their graduate studies.

Outcomes

New students will:

  • Better understand the information landscape in which they are working and studying, in order to navigate it with ease
  • Become better equipped finding information for their assignments, papers, and projects, at a level suitable for graduate research
  • Get a sense of some of the issues related to information provision and use within a scholarly environment
  • Be referred to appropriate resources and people related to their information need
     

personal librarian logo3.  Save the student’s time

Help new students to find their way around a staggering (and sometimes complex) array of information resources, that they will need for a successful, information-literate, academic experience.

Connect students to reference and research assistance e.g. help with articulating information needs, identifying the best research sources, formulating good search strategies, and becoming an effective and efficient user of research databases.

Outcomes 

New students will:

  • Be able to find books and articles from their course reading lists with ease
  • Get to know which databases or other academic resources are best suited for their particular program, research topic, etc.
  • Learn how to search databases effectively and efficiently in order to find articles on their research topics
  • Understand the importance of good citation practices, and learn how to cite sources properly
     

personal librarian logo4.  Provide professional advice

Act as an information professional mentor to new students. 

Outcomes

New students will:

  • Be introduced to professional resources and services
  • Be made aware of professional development opportunities
  • Get recommendations of professionals or academics to approach for an information interview.
  • Benefit from being able to tap into the personal knowledge and on-the-job experiences of academic librarians in a information facultyGain confidence to seek out the rich resources and services available to them at the university, as well as within various professional communities

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