Look Who We Spotted in the Library

Photo Kayla Shaw

Kayla Shaw is a sophomore from Lincoln, Rhode Island majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Professional Public Writing.

Why do you use the library, Kayla?

That’s kind of a funny story. I work in the library, so I avoided coming into the library to study when I was a freshman. It just felt too much like going to work. I started having difficulty focusing on my studies in the dorms though, and my grades started to slip. One night I decided to try studying in the library and found that I was able to focus much more easily in a quieter atmosphere. I love studying on the third floor of the library where it’s completely silent, and I’ve seen a big improvement in my grades since I started doing that.

What do you like most about the library?

I like all the help that I can get in the library. Not just the research help offered by the librarians, but all of the other services that are available in the building—tutoring, advising, accessibility services, and the media tech desk. It’s almost impossible to fail at RWU if you are willing to ask for help.

If you could change one thing about the library, what would it be?

I’d get new seating. Some of the current seating just isn’t that comfortable, especially if you are studying for a long time.

What do you think is the best service offered by the library?

I love the LibGuides (http://rwu.libguides.com/) that the librarians have created. They are so helpful and easy to use. You can browse by subject, and there are even guides for specific courses. I use them often because they save me a lot of time and work.