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Personal Librarian Program

Goals and Outcomes

Goals & outcomes of McQuade's Personal Librarian Program

1.  Increase awareness

Personally introduce M.Ed students to McQuade's wide range of resources, services, and facilities


M.Ed. students will:

  • Know what services, resources, and facilities are available to them, and which staff members they can approach about specific issues
  • Gain information about procedures and policies e.g. how to access Course Reserves, library hours, how to schedule a research appointment with a librarian, how to interlibrary loan materials, etc.
  • Be aware of new resources and programs, via periodic emails and updates 

2.  Foster connection

Connect students to appropriate academic and professional resources, both within and external to McQuade

Connect students to the wealth of resources provided by  McQuade Library

Act as a friendly guide, helping students to feel comfortable and confident.


M.Ed. students will:

  • Understand the information landscape in which they are working and studying, in order to navigate it with ease
  • Become better equipped finding information for their assignments, papers, and projects, at a level suitable for graduate research
  • Get a sense of some of the issues related to information provision and use within a scholarly environment
  • Be referred to appropriate resources and people related to their information needs

  3.  Save the student’s time

Guide new students to find their way around a complex array of information resources, that they will need for a successful, information-literate, academic experience.

Connect students to reference and research assistance e.g. help with articulating information needs, identifying the best research sources, formulating good search strategies, and becoming an effective and efficient user of research databases.


M.Ed. students will:

  • Be able to find books and articles from their course reading lists
  • Get to know which databases or other academic resources are best suited for their particular program, research topic, etc.
  • Learn how to search databases effectively and efficiently in order to find articles on their research topics
  • Understand the importance of good citation practices, and learn how to cite sources properly