What is a Learning Commons Navigator?

If you are new to doing research as a USM student, it can be helpful to meet with a Learning Commons Navigator at the Portland campus location (second floor of the Glickman Library). A Learning Commons Navigator is a current USM undergraduate or graduate student trained in guiding peers through the initial steps of conducting academic research. This includes how to:

  • Explore ways to clarify the idea for your research topic and parameters
  • Find the best articles, books, videos, and other resources associated with the research topic
  • Identify the most appropriate database for your topic
  • Connect to a professional Reference Librarian for assistance with more complex questions

Learning Commons Navigators can assist students with several other academic tasks, including how to:

  • Gain awareness of other Library resources
  • Use the computers, printers, scanners, and other technology in The Learning Commons
  • Connect with a Subject-Based Tutor, Writing Assistant, Technology Coach, or Peer Academic Coach
  • Reserve a Group Study Room for groups of three or more up to three weeks in advance
  • Resolve other issues or needs via referral to other USM departments

Become a Learning Commons Navigator

The position of Learning Commons Navigator offers students a job opportunity that helps them to become stronger students while developing a wide array of transferable professional skills. Learning Commons Navigators serve as members of the broader team, including Subject-Based Tutors, Writing Assistants, Technology Coaches, Peer Academic Coaches, and the professional staff.

Navigator positions are filled prior to the start of the semester to allow for participation in our robust training program. To apply, please see the link to the application below. If you have questions, please contact Brittney Smith, Academic Support Program Coordinator, at brittney.v.smith@maine.edu.

Learning Commons Navigator Application