For immediate release | September 9, 2014

Serving college students by being a Personal Librarian

CHICAGO — 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, explored by editors Richard Moniz and Jean Moats in their new book “The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience,” published by ALA Editions. The editors, with decades of library instruction and academic library experience between them, and their contributors Joe Eshleman, Valerie Freeman, Jo Henry, and David Jewell:

  • 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.

Moniz has been a director of library services for Johnson & Wales University since 1997. He has also, in the past, simultaneously served as head of information technology services and taught classes on various subjects and has taught for the MLIS program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2006. He has published extensively, and is coauthor of “Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison” and author of the textbook “Practical and Effective Management of Libraries.” Moats joined the library staff of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte in August 2004. Currently she is a liaison for the College of Culinary Arts. Other responsibilities include cataloging materials, staffing the reference desk and teaching information literacy sessions.

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"The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience"

"Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison"

"The Academic Library Administrator's Field Guide"


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