Find help during the holiday crunch time

Rachel Carroll, Librarian

Thanksgiving is here, which means that ready or not, we’re almost at the end of the semester. Final papers and projects are coming fast, and these last few weeks can be overwhelming. Luckily, the library has plenty of resources to help you finish strong. 

One of our most popular services, especially during busy times of the semester, is the Book A Librarian program. Booking a librarian is just what it sounds like – any current Madison College student can make a half-hour appointment with a librarian, either in-person or online, to get help with the research they’re working on.  

Book A Librarian sessions have previously helped students with choosing a topic, finding articles, putting together citation and everything else involved in finishing a final project or paper. Sessions are bookable online, in whatever format is most convenient for the student – we’ve helped people in-person, through phones, through chat, through WebEx and even some Skype sessions. If you have questions about any part of the research process, we’re happy to dig in and search alongside you. 

With the increase in online classes and working from home, the college librarians have also created a sister program called Book A TechXpert. These sessions are similar to Book A Librarian appointments – they can be at a campus or online, they’re half an hour long, and they’re easily booked online during any hours the library is open.  

Their focus, however, is on solving any and all tech problems that students may run into. Whether it’s hardware or software related, students can bring in their problems and a librarian will help get them solved. 

This is especially helpful if you’re worried about the technical side of a project, or about uploading anything to Blackboard. Our experience will help all your finals go smoothly.  

By student request, the library is also holding several online workshops about how to best navigate Honorlock, the online proctoring application. These early-December WebEx demonstrations cover the installation process for the Honorlock browser extension, as well as the verification process to take an online exam.  

Honorlock is a popular application for online courses, and it’s important to be prepared for its requirements before an exam starts. 

You can register for the workshops, run through the Digital Backpack Workshop series, on the library homepage or talk to a librarian over the phone or in-person for more information before they start. 

The Truax Library is currently open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. In addition to the resources listed here, we’re available to answer questions and offer help with technology, research and everything in between.  

Call us, chat us, drop by our campuses or reach out any other way that’s convenient for you. The library is here, and we’re ready to help you make it to winter break.