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Librarian trains Rutgers-Camden housing & resident life staff on library services

Katie Anderson, a reference librarian at The Paul Robeson Library in Rutgers-Camden, was invited to present a brief overview of library services during the Resident Assistant and Community Assistant training in August. Katie's presentation was part of a new library outreach program to Housing and Resident Life.

The focus of the presentation was to provide the RAs and CAs with the information and skills needed to guide residents to the most appropriate library service for their research needs, especially when these needs come during times that a librarian may not be available. RAs and CAs were provided with information to pass on to the residents regarding subject specialist librarians, Research Guides, Ask-a-Librarian, Instant Chat and key elements of the library website such as the library's social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, YouTube and Pinterest), an Assignment calculator and a Plagiarism tutorial. The RAs and CAs were also asked to provide feedback to the libraries regarding what kind of questions and problems the residents encounter with their research.

The presentation included several "library memes" that will also be used to market library services campus-wide. These memes include Boromir's advice regarding the finding of full text articles, a warning from Stephen Colbert, Neil Gaiman's praise of librarians, words of wisdom from The Credible Hulk, and a "Call Me Maybe" shout out.

Image created by Katie Anderson.

All of these library memes can be found on the Paul Robeson Library's newly created Pinterest Board called "Information and Advice" (

The library outreach program to Housing and Resident Life continues in the fall with Library Café' events (coffee, snacks and a librarian available to answer questions and provide research help in a residence hall lounge) and possible workshops on specific topics such as Academic Search Premier and Google Scholar.

Posted August 22, 2012