Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience

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The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience. Edited by Richard Moniz and Jean Moats. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 152 p. Paper $58 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1239-3).

The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience champions the personal librarian concept as a revolutionary solution to many of the issues currently facing academic libraries, revealing what a personal library program can do for a library and how such a program should be built. The book is well crafted, flowing and connecting exceptionally well, despite the fact that each chapter embodies a completely separate essay. In particular, the book's organization provides readers with an easy transition from skeptical critic to enthusiastic participant, as each chapter transfers the energy and optimism of the authors to the reader.

Building on the evolving role of reference librarians as liaisons and educators, a personal librarian program seeks to go beyond reference interactions and library sessions to intentionally "build long-term one-on-one connections that allow students to have the confidence and resources to be successful in the skill sets that librarians particularly seek to instill in them" (9). The libraries that have already established personal librarian programs, such as Sam Houston State University, Yale University, and Drexel University, have used their programs as a means to further connect with their student population and remind them what librarians can do for them. …

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