OCT 19

Works in Progress Webinar: Princeton’s Personal Librarian Program—building relationships across campus

Join this webinar to learn how Princeton University Library leveraged campus relationships and technology to develop its Personal Librarian Program, an outreach initiative to connect with all undergraduates.


  • Audrey B. Welber, Librarian for Teaching and Research Services, Princeton University


Princeton's Personal Librarian Program launched in 2017 after a similar program at Yale inspired Princeton library staff to bring this outreach model to their campus. Welber and a colleague saw the program’s potential to meaningfully engage and support undergraduates at Princeton; building on Yale’s model, they found original ways to tailor the program to respond to the needs of their students and library colleagues. Welber will talk through the details of implementation, discussing pitfalls encountered along the way, and sharing strategies that led to enthusiastic program participation by Princeton’s undergraduates.

Welber will also share recent refinements and expansions to this initiative, including a subprogram supporting student athletes (at the request of the Academic Athletic Affairs department), wildly successful "anti-procrastination" events, and a pilot effort focused on the needs of first-generation and low-income students. Asking for help at university libraries can be intimidating for many students; this presentation will highlight the uniquely supportive role of Personal Librarians to address this and provide undergraduates with welcoming points of connection.

This webinar will be of interest to any library staff member interested in student outreach and support, as well as those looking to adopt programming from other institutions. 

All affiliates of OCLC Research Library Partnership organizations are invited to participate. 

Register to attend


19 October 2023


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.