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Personal Librarians @ UWF

What is a Personal Librarian?



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Libraries make a lot of people a little uncomfortable because many believe that you must already know a lot to be there, know how to find things yourself, that librarians feel like they know everything and you don't, and that it is here to just quietly read books about stuff you already learn in your textbooks.

Not true!

  • Librarians can be nerdy, just like a lot of you, but we got into our profession because we all care and want to serve.
  • Like you, we all love good books, magazines, movies, shows, music, and websites, about everything from sports to robots to romance. Librarians scientifically and passionately also love sharing these with you AND teaching you how to do it yourself along the way.
  • It's library science. No one expects you to know how to do what we do! Librarians are the faculty to teach you about what we offer and how to be a real researcher by the time you graduate.
  • After all, higher education is about critical and independent thinking so you can be at your best in the world, right?
  • The only times we have *shooshed* anyone is when we ourselves get too noisy!


The First Year Experience with Libraries and Personal Librarian Program is designed to make all incoming freshmen more at ease in the library and to the resources and services of the UWF Libraries. We are dedicated to helping you become successful researchers, and we want to make sure you feel welcome and comfortable using the UWF Libraries.  

The FYE with Libraries & PL program gives students a personalized and direct link to the library and is a great way to help them learn more about UWF and all it has to offer.  We believe this personal contact facilitates access to library materials, answers questions, and makes the UWF Libraries a more useful, tailored resource for our students. 

A student will typically work more frequently with their PL during their freshman year.  Once a student becomes more familiar with the Libraries and/or declares a major, they will work with a Subject Specialist Librarian who can provide discipline-specific research assistance.

How Does the PL Program Work?

First Year Experience with Libraries

All First Year Experience students are automatically enrolled in a Canvas eLearning module named First Year Experience with Libraries. The module has smaller modules in it full of the science of libraries and research. These quiet "powers" greatly enhance the critical thinking that higher education is for. Students not only get badges proving their success. Their ENC 1101-1102 and SLS 1109 courses also grade you on earning their library science badges.

Every student checks emails regularly, like professionals do, and gets research guidance from FYE with Libraries.

Basic Library Instruction tutorials to Find, Evaluate and Use! Using the library helps form:

  • Clear and concise thinking
  • Being a good judge of information quality and character
  • Knowing when to listen and learn
  • Knowing the right time to contributing your informed, learned voice and doing it well

And you begin these valuable traits your first year in college by working with the library and librarians!


How Can Personal Librarians Help Me?

Your PL will:

  • Assist with finding information for your research assignments by helping you identify relevant resources and databases, demonstrating how to use them, and helping you understand citation
  • Help you locate materials held in other libraries
  • Help you when you have trouble accessing the Library's website or an electronic resource
  • Answer questions about library policies, procedures, and services
  • Keep you informed of new resources, services, and programs
  • Put you in contact with other UWF academic support units that can help you with information technology questions, writing assistance, or tutoring services

Your PL will NOT:

  • Do your research, write your paper, or edit your paper
  • Replace advisement roles of any other department on campus
  • Proctor your exam
  • Make photocopies