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Outreach Through the College Librarian Program at Virginia Tech

WithSchillie Jane E., Young Virginia E., Ariew Susan A., Krupar Ellen M., Merrill Margaret C.

Along with the capability of distributed computers, the University Libraries at Virginia Tech have invested in a program to distribute College Librarians into college buildings across the campus. Overcoming the disadvantages of a central library, the ten librarians allocated to six colleges perform outreach from offices among their constituents. This has allowed closer ties to faculty, resulting in more library instruction, more reference requests, and more placement of librarians on college committees and grants. Two evaluation surveys 72and an increase in outreach statistics have validated this four-year-old program. [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-342-9678, E-mail address: <[email protected]> Website:]