Our librarians collaborate with ACU’s New Student Program to teach Cornerstone, a course that prepares freshman and transfers to engage in critical thinking and conduct college-quality research. The Personal Librarian program matches an ACU librarian with each section of Cornerstone to help shepherd students through their first major research assignment.

Librarians attend classes, co-teach the research portion of the course, make themselves available for research appointments and, most importantly, provide connection and personal attention to students. “I enjoy being a personal librarian since it helps the freshman interact with a librarian who can help them in Cornerstone and throughout their college career,” said Melissa Atkinson (’94), ACU’s online learning librarian. “If freshmen know librarians are here to help them, they will be more likely to ask for help whenever they need it.”

ACU’s 38 Cornerstone courses this year average 25-30 students per class. Pictured here are members of the Personal Librarian Program who assist with Cornerstone.

Cornerstone librarians (from left): Mac Ice, Chai Green (’10), Karen (Nelson ’65) Hendrick, Shan (Pamplin ’86) Martinez, Erica Pye, Melissa Atkinson (’94), Laura Baker (’87), Avery Weems (’13). Not pictured: Mark McCallon and Melinda (Stucker ’93) Isbell