Personal Librarian Program

Starting in Fall 2018, the Personal Librarian Program matches each new student with one of the six Robertson Library librarians, generally by academic program.

You may have already received an email about the program notifying you who your Personal Librarian is and how to contact them.

If you did not receive that email but wish to be included, please contact the subject librarian most appropriate for your academic program.

This is a pilot program - if it is deemed successful after the first year, the librarians will consider how to expand it to the entire student body.

If you have been contacted through this program and do not wish to participate, simply reply to your Personal Librarian and ask to be removed.

Your Personal Librarian is your “go-to” person for all things library-related.

How much or how little you choose to avail yourself of the program is entirely up to you. We’re here for you if and when you need us.

How can my Personal Librarian help me? Your personal librarian will:

  • assist with finding information for your research by helping you:
    • Articulate a good research question
    • Identify the best sources
    • Learn search strategies and tips
    • Manage your references using RefWorks (citation management software)
  • keep you informed with:
    • Periodic email messages highlighting new resources and programs specifically relevant to students like you (e.g. your academic program and university status)
    • Notices and timely reminders (like extended library hours around final exam time)
  • answer your questions about:
    • Library services (like Interlibrary Loan, borrowing books, study room bookings, etc.)
    • Policies and procedures
  • help you when:
    • You don’t know where to start
    • You can’t think what to do next
If we can’t answer your question we’ll find someone who can!
Of course, if your Personal Librarian is unavailable for any reason (e.g. vacation, illness), you are always welcome to seek help from any of the other librarians.

If you have any questions about the Personal Librarian Program, contact one of the coordinators, Yolanda Hood, yhood@upei.ca or Melissa Belvadi, mbelvadi@upei.ca .