Reference with a Gimmick: A Pilot Program to Promote
Blanchat, Yale University
Laura Sider, Yale University
Journal, volume 4, issue 1, pages 33-47
the academic year 2018-2019, Yale University’s Bass
Library piloted a reference
called Latte with a Librarian. The impetus
for the pilot stemmed from a need for Yale
to engage more with
students in-person and to market the remote research
services that the
A pilot project was developed to test a method for
The pilot consisted of three librarians setting
up a temporary reference desk at a popular
café. Students were offered
a free library-branded mug as an incentive for posing
success behind Latte with a Librarian can be
attributed to the marketing and
as well as the location that was chosen for the pop-up
reference outlet outside Bass library.
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