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New Librarian Assists First Year Students

Date: Jan. 9, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: Campus News

There's a new face at Langsam Library, a staff member specifically devoted to helping first-year students develop a knack for utilizing all of the resources available at University Libraries. James Krusling, the First Year Experience (FYE) librarian, joined the staff in November. Krusling was previously a reference librarian for Cincinnati Public Library.

David Kohl, dean and university librarian, says Krusling's presence will provide a personal connection for first-year students adjusting to a large campus and the extensive resources of a large academic library. Krusling will be developing programs and services to address the needs of new students on campus, including providing library skills modules, tutorials, consultations and other orientations to the libraries.

Krusling is also working with college faculty who are leading First Year Experience courses. "I'm focusing on information literacy...teaching students how to find, evaluate and use information to meet their research needs. This can range from utilizing the wealth of resources available at the library to searching the Internet effectively. I'm working with the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, and I'll be participating in an orientation course at University College in the near future."

Krusling adds he and the staff at Langsam Library are working on a website that is geared toward the needs of first-year students, as well as creating an "Information Commons" area where students will be assisted by peer mentors.

The First Year Experience Librarian position was created with funding from a Success Challenge Grant. Krusling's office is located at Room 476 Langsam Library, and he can be reached at 556-1754.

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