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Online Learners Library Guide: Personal Librarian Program

Information for students who take classes online

What is a Personal Librarian?

The Personal Librarian Program is designed to introduce all students in completely online programs to the resources and services of the UWF Libraries.  We are dedicated to helping our online learners become successful researchers, and we want to make sure you feel welcome and comfortable using the UWF Libraries.  Each student will be assigned a Personal Librarian (PL) who is prepared to help students find resources for assignments and research papers and answer any questions about using our wide range of resources and services.  Think of your PL as your library advisor – your "go-to" person for all things library-related.  Your PL may not always have the answer to your question, but they can refer you to the appropriate library or university contact.  

The 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. 

How Does the PL Program Work?

You will receive an initial introductory communication from your PL at the start of the fall semester, explaining the PL program and providing your PL’s contact information.  After that, your PL will contact you occasionally throughout the year (but not too much!) to let you know about new resources and research tips.  However, you are also encouraged to call, email, Skype or set up a meeting with your PL at any time with any questions about your research or the UWF Libraries in general.  How much or how little you choose to make use of your PL is up to you.  Just remember that your PL is here to help, so take advantage of it! 

How Can my PL 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