University Libraries Offer Personalized Online Reference Service

Posted: October 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Adam Modzelesky and Erick Soricelli

A new free service called MyLibrary@Mason, offered by University Libraries, has become available to George Mason faculty and students. Found at mylibrary.gmu.edu and bearing similarities to such sites as my.yahoo.com, the web site allows registered users to personalize their own reference home page with information pertinent to their area of study. The site also permits registered users to store valuable university and library links, search full-text databases, access selected electronic texts, and even communicate directly with George Mason librarians.

“Mylibrary@Mason is easy to use and change to meet a researcher’s specific needs, whether it is for a short-term project like a paper, for a semester, or major research over much longer periods,” says Kevin Simons, instruction coordinator for University Libraries.

When a user activates an account, he or she selects a discipline from a list that creates a Mylibrary web page with resources and links. This web page can then be changed to meet the specific needs of the researcher. By providing a personalized and customizable start page for library users, Mylibrary@Mason helps to organize the ever-increasing complexity of Internet-based research.

For more information, contact Simons at (703) 993-2247.

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