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Belk Library is offering a new Personal Librarian program for students. The service assigns a librarian on staff to every Elon University (NC) 101 class. Intended to aid students with research, writing and all things library-related, the program establishes a relationship with students that the Belk staff hopes will continue to grow for the rest of the students' careers at Elon.
The program is up and running this year with positive feedback thus far. Lynne Bisko, a nonprint librarian, is leading the program and is one of the 15 personal librarians. Bisko researched and spearheaded the idea after hearing about its success at a few other universities.
"We thought it would be a good fit for Elon and that it would be a great program to start based on the benefits that would come from it and the reaction from the students," she said. "We just thought it was a really great idea."
New Student Orientation and Elon 101 classes helped publicize the new endeavor by introducing the service during orientation sessions and inviting the personal librarians to come and speak about the service. All freshmen also received an email from their personal librarians informing them of the program.