The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience

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The incredible shift in the provision of library services resulting from innovations such as online resources, mobile technologies, tablet computers, and MOOCs and hybrid courses makes it more challenging than ever for academic librarians to connect students with the information they need. Enter the Personal Librarian, a flexible concept that focuses on customizing information literacy by establishing a one-on-one relationship between librarian and student from enrollment through graduation. In this book the editors, with decades of library instruction and academic library experience between them, and their contributors

  • Define personal librarianship and trace how it has developed within the broader context of the work that librarians do
  • Demonstrate its radical potential to impact student learning, retention, and graduation rates
  • Discuss how the concept relates to embedded librarianship and academic library liaisons, and the role of faculty and staff
  • Illustrate how personalization can be supported by academic support centers, IT services, Student Affairs, and other college and university departments
  • Use case studies from a variety of institutions to show how to develop and implement a Personal Librarian program

By prioritizing relationships over merely providing access to information resources, the Personal Librarian can improve services while ensuring that students have what they need to learn and grow. This book shows how to make it happen.

Chapter 1 - Where Did Personal Librarian Come From: An Historical Underpinning

Richard Moniz

Chapter 2 - Personal Librarian: Development and Implementation of the Idea

Jean Moats

Chapter 3 - Information Literacy and Personal Librarian

Joe Eshleman

Chapter 4 - Embedded Librarianship and Personal Librarian

Valerie Freeman

Chapter 5 - Academic Library Liaisons and Personal Librarian

Jo Henry

Chapter 6 - Personal Librarian: What Special Libraries and Businesses Have to Show Us

Jean Moats and Richard Moniz

Chapter 7 - Personal Librarian: What We Can Learn from Other Departments

Richard Moniz

Chapter 8 – Personal Librarian: A Faculty Perspective

David Jewell

Chapter 9 – Personal Librarian: Practicalities and Best Practices

Richard Moniz

Chapter 10 – The Future of Personal Librarian

Joe Eshleman

Richard Moniz

Dr. Richard Moniz is the director of library services at the Horry-Georgetown Technical College, which has campuses in Conway, Georgetown, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He previously served as the director of library services for Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami campus from 1997 to 2004 and was director of library services for Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte campus from 2004 to 2018. He is also an adjunct instructor for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s LIS program. In addition to publishing numerous articles, Moniz is the sole author of the textbook Practical and Effective Management of Libraries (2010) and the coauthor or coeditor of six other books: Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison (2014), The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience (2014), The Mindful Librarian (2016), Librarians and Instructional Designers: Innovation and Collaboration (2016), The Dysfunctional Library: Challenges and Solutions to Workplace Relationships (2017), and Recipes for Mindfulness in Your Library (2019).

Jean Moats

Jean Moats, Librarian, M.L.S. from University of North Carolina at Greensboro; B.A. in Home Economics and Business from Otterbein College, M. Div. in Pastoral Ministry from Duke Divinity School. Prior to the library degree, Jean worked as a pastry chef in several local catering companies while earning a degree in Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant Management from Central Piedmont Community College. She worked at Queens University of Charlotte in Technical Services Department while earning her degree in library science from UNC at Greensboro. Jean joined the library staff of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte in August 2004. She is a liaison for the College of Culinary Arts. Other responsibilities include cataloging materials, staffing the reference desk, and teaching information literacy sessions. Jean is a member of the American Library Association, Metrolina Library Association, North Carolina Library Association, Society of North Carolina Archivists, society of American Archivists, Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Division of the Special Libraries Association.

"This is definitely a book for the actively engaged instruction librarian. Reading through it, there were several sticking ideas that seemed worth investigating and trying out, which made it an interesting read just to find new pedagogical methods."
— Catholic Library World

"A thought-provoking read, providing insights into how libraries can best market their services and what they can learn from other institutions."
— Against the Grain