January 24, 2022

Journal Article: “Evaluating the Impact of Personal Librarians on Academic and Affective Outcomes”

The article linked below was recently published by C&RL (College & Research Libraries).


Evaluating the Impact of Personal Librarians on Academic and Affective Outcomes


Catherine Meals
University of the District of Columbia


Vol 83, No 1 (January 2022)
DOI: 10.5860/crl.83.1.25


Many academic libraries have implemented personal librarian programs, seeking to improve relationships with students and reduce library anxiety. This pilot study, in which a personal librarian was assigned to sections of a general education course, aimed to expand upon the personal librarianship literature by assessing whether a personal librarian influences student academic outcomes and information literacy confidence. Results from the pilot suggest that the presence of and engagement with the personal librarian had minimal and not statistically significant effect on academic outcomes, but engagement with the personal librarian somewhat correlated with growth in information literacy confidence.

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