Personal Librarian FAQs
What is the Personal Librarian program? The Personal Librarian (PL) Program is designed to introduce students entering Walsh University to the collections and services of the Walsh University Brother Edmond Drouin Library. Upon matriculation, each freshman is matched with a research librarian who can help with the transition to college and provide support for academic success. You have questions? We help you find answers! Students are encouraged to schedule a research consultation with a librarian for personalized assistance, whether it's for a course assignment, preparation for a job interview or anything in-between. We welcome the opportunity to work with students individually.
Do I have to come see you? You do not, but we're here for you and offer a variety of services to support your academic success. Studies show that students who are library users do better in their classes and have a higher GPA.
How do I contact my PL? Click on your PL's name tab (above) and see what contact information is listed.
I've forgotten who my PL is? How do I find out? Use the Excel sheet below. It is in alphabetical order by last name. Find your name and you will see which PL you are paired with.If you're not on the list, email email@example.com and we'll make sure you are paired with a PL!
How can my Personal Librarian help me?
Your PL will:
- Help you find your way around the library
- Keep you informed with periodic e-mail messages highlighting new resources and student oriented programs
- Remind you of important events, such as extended Library hours during Finals Week
- Answer your questions about Library policies, procedures and services, such as check out times and how to renew books
- Assist with finding information for your research assignments, by helping you articulate your research question, identify the best sources and formulate your search strategy
- Provide virtual support via chat, email etc. even when you are off campus
- Help you when you don’t know where to start, or you can’t think of what to do next
- Show you how to research for job interview
- If we don't know the answer, we'll try to find out who can address your question
Things we don't do (but we'll help you find out who can):
- Your assignments or research
- Write or proofread papers - the Academic Support Center 209 Farrell Hall provides excellent tutoring help
- Fix your computer or network profile - Contact the Help Desk 330-244-4357 (2nd floor of Farrell Hall at the top of the stairs)