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Help: Personal Librarian Program

This guide offers library services and resource assistance.

About the Personal Librarian Program

What is the Personal Librarian Program?
The Personal Librarian Program introduces first year Saginaw Valley State University Students to an outreach effort made by Zahnow Library Librarians. The “PL” program connects new students with a librarian that will assist with utilizing library resources and services during their first year and perhaps throughout their academic program.

How Does the Personal Librarian Program Work?
Incoming freshmen will be assigned a “personal librarian”. If a student has declared a -major, the librarian that conducts liaison activities for that department will be assigned. If no major is declared, students will be assigned a librarian by the Head of Research Services, Scott Mellendorf.

Your personal librarian will contact you within the first two weeks of each semester during your first Fall and Winter terms of your first academic year. After the initial email, your personal librarian will contact you occasionally throughout the year to let you know about library events, polices, resources, research tips, etc..
However, you may contact your personal librarian whenever you have a question.

How will my Personal Librarian help me?

-Assist with locating information for your course assignments by helping you identify relevant resources and databases, teach you how to use these resources, and thus help you build your information literacy skills.
-Help you locate resources available not available at Zahnow Library

-Help you with accessing library resources.

-Respond to questions about library procedures, policies, and services.

-Keep you informed of new resources, services, programs, and events.

-Refer you to other SVSU academic support services when needed.

What my Personal Librarian will not help me with:

-Conduct your research, write your paper, or edit your paper

-Replace advisement roles for any other campus department

-Set up your computer (wireless, software downloads, troubleshoot, etc)


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