Student success librarian Samantha Kannegiser of the Paul Robeson Library kicked off the Personal Librarian Program, now in its second year, on August 28 with a “Meet Your Personal Librarian” event. The Personal Librarian Program is run in collaboration with the Student Success Coach office, part of the Department of Student Academic Success on the Camden campus. Through this program, the library personally connects with over 400 students per year.
As part of this program, our Scarlet Scholar students have a dedicated librarian throughout their first academic year. Personal Librarians Katie Anderson, Samantha Kannegiser, Julie Still, and Zara Wilkinson are each paired with a Student Success Coach to provide targeted outreach to a select cohort of students, sending timely emails with tips, tutorials, library updates, and events. Library processes, terminology, resources, and services can overwhelm new students who are unfamiliar with academic libraries. Our goal is to relay information to students when it is most needed, making them comfortable asking questions of librarians, navigating library resources, and attending library events with their peers.
We are looking forward to another year connecting with our students through the Personal Librarian Program and hope to eventually expand the initiative to include more of our first-year undergraduates.