Here are some things to think about--and to share with the librarian in advance of your meeting--to help you get the most out of your visit. These are also helpful points to consider including if you are reaching out to a librarian by email.
Knowing what type of project you are working on will help the librarian find and guide you to the most useful resources. Consider sharing:
It is extremely helpful for a librarian to know any requirements your project or sources must meet. Longer papers or bigger projects will likely pull from more sources than short papers or brief presentations. Consider sharing:
It's perfectly fine if you haven't started your research yet when you reach out to a librarian. Giving the librarian a quick description of any research you have already done for your current project will help them not suggest things you've already tried. Consider sharing:
Knowing when your project is due or needs to be completed will help the librarian know what resources to suggest. If your project is due soon, for example, you may need to rely on resources you can get right now. If you have several weeks or months left, you may have time to request articles and books the ISU Library doesn't have using Interlibrary Loan. Consider sharing: