"Personal Librarians: Building Relationships for Student Success presents clear pathways to engage students, particularly first year students, apart from the more traditional reference interview paradigm. Bisko, Buchansky, Gray, and Reese provide frameworks, not just ideas, to implement broad programs that in fact can help strengthen institutional collaboration as well as increase student retention. Regardless of institutional size, Personal Librarians offers new modes and ways of thinking in support of student success."
"This book is an excellent resource for academic and research libraries seeking to build personal librarian services programs from scratch. Drawing on the extensive experiences of three academic libraries as case studies, the coauthors provide the valuable perspectives of faculty and administrators, a variety of resources and readings, and practical steps in establishing and marketing such programs collaboratively for student populations including first-generation, commuter, transfer, distance-learners, and more. This book is highly recommended for all academic libraries interested in developing an innovative, proactive, and responsive library service to support student success."
Personal Librarians: Building Relationships for Student Success enjoyably walks readers through all aspects of these programs. The authors, representing very different types of academic libraries, share what has worked and what has not as their successful programs continue to evolve through regular assessment. These insights are useful beyond personal librarian program creation and management. Many of the lessons shared in this book will be valuable to librarians with outreach, engagement, and student success roles in all types and sizes of colleges and universities.
"Pragmatic and comprehensive, this guide will be equally valuable to those libraries developing a personal librarian program and to those that already have a program but are seeking ideas for innovative strategies and collaborate approaches. The case studies bring real-world detail to general advice and recommendations. Approaches to planning, communication, marketing, and assessment will also inspire those who manage subject librarian liaison programs."
"This comprehensive, scholarly work written by four experienced librarians focuses on the timely topic of student success by addressing the many types of students and their backgrounds in relation to the higher education environment and the need for retention improvements and graduation rates. The authors have applied both common sense and groundbreaking approaches to developing, delivering, and evaluating student success strategies within a framework of personal attention and diligent patience. The book's strengths includes discussion and examples of the many kinds of students—traditional, international, online, etc.—and therefore provides to interested librarians and libraries methodologies and processes that can be initiated on the local level."