Library Research Mentors from left to right: Jess Buslewicz '22, Nyla Conaway '23, Alaina Economus '22
The Smith College Libraries have just launched the Library Research Mentor program, a new initiative coordinated by Social Sciences and Student Research Initiatives Librarian Esther Roth-Katz. The Mentors work in Neilson Library’s Learning Commons to provide research support to their peers, helping other students to find books on specific topics, locate peer-reviewed articles, format their citations and more.
“While Neilson was closed for renovations we didn’t have many opportunities to involve students in this type of support,” says Roth-Katz. “Now we have Library Research Mentors who are eager and excited to support their peers in navigating the new Neilson Library and its many resources and services.”
Library Research Mentors are available for drop-in hours Sunday through Thursday, 7-10 p.m. The Mentors help ensure that research assistance is available during evenings and weekends; research librarians are typically available for consultation and meetings between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m on weekdays.
The Neilson Library Learning Commons is a new cross-departmental space that connects students to a number of acdemic support services, such as writing assistance and tutoring.
The Research Mentor Program is funded with a grant from the Friends of the Smith College Libraries.