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Rob Walsh

Social Sciences Librarian

When am I available?

For the Fall 2022 semester, I plan to work with students remotely, via Zoom. After you make an appointment with me, you'll receive a Zoom link for our scheduled meeting. If you are so inclined, and if the weather cooperates, we could meet outside in person. When you make an appointment, indicate if you're interested in this option, and we can plan according.

Also, note that I have modified my availability to include some evening/night office hours. If you don't see a time that is convenient, send me an email: robert.walsh@trincoll.edu. I will find some time to meet with you.

Meet With Me!

When is a good time to meet with me?

All of these are great times to meet with me:

  • You have an idea for a research project, but you haven’t started yet. Or, you’ve started, but you’re stuck. Maybe you have a quick research question . . . or a complicated one. It’s the last minute, and your research needs a boost.
  • Faculty and students can consult with a research librarian about any aspect of the research process, and on any research question: no question is too big or too small.
  • There is no limit to the number of research consultations you can have during the semester!

Will meeting with a librarian be helpful?

We think that our work with students helps them to accomplish their research more quickly and efficiently, to enjoy their research, and to feel more confident when they’re doing it.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here is what some Trinity students have said:

"As a first-year I was intimidated to access the library, but the research librarians extended themselves to me through my classes. Now as a junior I continue to access research librarians by having one-on-one meetings."

“Instead of spending hours sifting through information that may not be helpful, research librarians have given me the skills to be efficient and effective in my research and writing."

"By meeting with a librarian, I was the most prepared student in my class."

"Students are able to make appointments with librarians that will help them frame their research question, thesis topic, outline for papers, and find every source of information imaginable."

"One of the first pieces of advice I received upon coming to Trinity was to make sure of the library and the research librarians. To this day, that is still the most important piece of advice I give to any students."

“Whether you have nothing or an already developed thesis, students can easily make and appointment with a research librarian, chat, and research their topic."

“Every single time I work with a research librarian, I feel much more confident about my research, have stronger sources, and ultimately a better paper." 

How do I prepare?

It depends! You can prepare as much or as little as you like—I can help you at the very beginning stages of research, before you’ve even decided on your research project. You can come with your questions . . . or maybe you don’t know which questions to have, yet. That’s okay, too. But, it is helpful if you

  • bring your assignment or prompt, if you have one
  • make sure you know your current Trinity username and password
  • have a means to take some notes