The Clarion

Exploring the Wisconsin experience

Christina Springfield, Librarian

March 23, 2016

I have a confession to make. Growing up, I never gave nonfiction books a chance. Compared to the thrill I got trying to name the real killer in a mystery novel, immersing myself in the fantastical happenings of a story imbued with magical realism, or escaping via spaceship to another galaxy far, far...

Print or electronic? Both offered at library

Jennifer Kasch, Librarian

March 2, 2016

Recently the book world has witnessed a surprising trend, a decrease in e-book sales and e-book reader ownership and a preference amongst many students for print books. As a student, which do you prefer to use? The Madison College Libraries offer some books in print and others electronically to accommodate...

The surprising benefits of reading

Dana Ryals, Librarian

February 4, 2016

Whether you love it or loathe it, it is well known that reading has substantial lifelong benefits for ourselves and our children. If you find yourself in the group of those that don’t read outside of class, perhaps this article will serve as an inspiration to try something new in 2016 – becoming...

The viral and/or bacterial adventures

By Matt Coan, Librarian

January 19, 2016

I know it’s hard to believe, but some of us Madison College Librarians are old enough to recall gatherings when we couldn’t just Google an answer on our phones. How many times did that happen with you and your friends or family over winter break? Spoiler alert! It certainly seems that the key skills...

Library staff fondly recalls holiday traditions

Renee Anhalt, Librarian

December 10, 2015

Holidays are instilled with traditions shared by family and friends. Here’s a glimpse of how the library staff celebrates the holidays … For many years, someone was always gifted a box of chocolates and would be pressured into sharing with everyone present. – Christina We always had hot s...

Winter is Here: A Game of Thrones Reading Group

Dana Ryals & Kelley Minica, Librarian

November 29, 2015

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” Jojen Reed to Bran Stark in Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin As any member of George R. R. Martin’s Stark family will tell you, winter is here. Have you been putting off reading the A Song...

November is National Novel Writing Month

Autumn Hall-Tun, Librarian

November 10, 2015

Welcome to November! At this point in the semester, most of you are probably gearing up for papers that will soon be due, trying to keep up with homework and maybe looking forward to Thanksgiving break. However, some among us may be pushing ourselves to complete a seemingly impossible task this month:...

Midterm mania help found in the library

Kris Glodoski Wolf

October 14, 2015

It is official, autumn is here and the fall semester is in full-swing at Madison College. Fall on any of our campuses is lovely: the weather cools, we break out our sweaters and hats, and find ourselves surrounded by all-things-pumpkin. Of course, October on-campus also means that midterms are right...

Acing the research essay

Deb Diller, Librarian

October 1, 2015

The research essay. A common and often dreaded college assignment. It requires focused inquiry and research, an understanding of the scholar’s point of view and a thoughtful expression of your perspective on the topic. That’s why instructors use it. It requires planning, time and real effort to...

It’s self-improvement month, get started at the library

Mark Luetkehoelter, Librarian

September 16, 2015

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway Self-Improvement Month is celebrated during the month of September. Your main purpose for being at Madison College is to get an affordable, high-quality...

Earth Day at the library: Use less paper

Dana Ryals, Librarian

April 24, 2015

This year for Earth Day, instead of planting a tree or joining a roadside pick-up crew, why not adopt a new, earth-friendly habit? Planting trees and participating in roadside crews are certainly good ways to help the environment, but if we really want to shrink our carbon footprint, we also need to...

Libraries provide access, regardless of device format

Atumn Hall-Tun, Librarian

March 30, 2015

Do you ever think about how much you read in an average day? Text is everywhere, with much of what we read coming to us via smartphone or computer screens. Throughout the day we’re inundated with text messages, posts on Facebook and Twitter, and class announcements on BlackBoard.  Not to mention the...

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