I would like to explore more into Annoyed Librarian’s recent post discussing the recent trends of Drexel University and Barnard using the Personal Librarian model to connect First Year students to library resources. During my freshman year, I had the opportunity to live in a Freshman Hall and take part in its First Year Cohort Program. I enjoyed the benefits of having a hall mentor on my floor to review my papers, refer me to the Freshman Resource Center. I believe my commitment to the program and access to the Freshman Learning community had a positive impact on completing my degree.
I agree with AL that the success of the program will rely heavily on students’ behavior when they are contacted by librarians. Recently, I saw a job announcement for an academic library position in a university resident hall. What is the role of the Residential Librarian? Again, the idea of having a ‘personal librarian’ brings up the question…what will be their role? Perhaps Drexel and Barnard are using this framework to answer this question. If educators, librarians, professors want students to achieve the learning outcomes of a 21st Century Learner, creating more innovative projects like the ‘Personal Librarian’ model should be explored. A benefit from the ‘personal librarian’ could open more doors for employing librarians at the academic level.