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Instructor Support - Madison College Libraries

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Library Instruction / Information Literacy

Arrange to bring your students to the library for a face-to-face meeting and some research instruction.



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Whether you are teaching online, hybrid, or traditional courses, your libraries have lots of options for you and your students.




Reserve books

Library Reserves

Instructors may put items such as books, AV, readings, sample exams, or supplementary materials on reserve in the library to make them readily available to students.



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Check out these online learning tutorials created by Madison College librarians, and links to other sources that have proven useful for our students.



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Subject Librarians 

Get to know your subject librarian and encourage your students to do likewise. Make an appointment to discuss your class research assignments or ask for library handouts to pass out in class.

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Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your Madison College librarians. These resources have been reviewed and selected for usefulness and reliability in helping our students. They are broken down by program or subject areas, and include some general topic areas such as citation help, jobs, and evaluating information. As an example, check out the New Media Portal for Faculty.


Screenshot of open educational resources research guideOpen Educational Resources 

In addition to housing print and digital textbook reserves for courses, our librarians offer support in locating, using and creating Open Educational Resources (OER). OER is the "teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others,” states the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. These resources support the efforts to minimize the costs of textbooks for students.


Student getting computer helpComputer Resources for Students

The Madison College Libraries includes Computer Help for students, so refer your students to these technology resources, including information about multimedia and the student email system.


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Resources: We welcome your suggestions and materials recommendations for your Madison College Libraries.

How to Use Films on Demand

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What Films on Demand has to offer:

Films On Demand (FOD) is an online collection of high quality, educational videos made accessible to the faculty, staff and students at Madison College.  

  • Web-based interface that is accessible 24/7, on- and off-campus
  • 10,000+ titles from quality producers: PBS, BBC, Meridian, National Geographic and more!
  • Easy-to-search collection via keyword searches or browsing subject categories
  • Viewable in the classroom or for presentations
  • Share links through email or integrate into Blackboard
  • Combine segments from different videos to create a customized viewing experience

For more information, check out the Films on Demand (FOD) LibGuide.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

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Madison College Libraries are happy to try and retrieve material from other libraries for students, staff, and faculty.  We aim to obtain material as quickly as possible, but depending on availability of the item (and other outside factors) it is not possible to guarantee when and if the item will arrive.

To request item, please fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request Form

You can also make requests for books from libraries outside of Madison College directly through

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If you have questions about your request, ask your campus librarian, or contact the ILL librarian, Kelley Minica by e-mail or by phone at (608) 243-4086. 

Courtesy Card: UW-Madison Libraries

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Madison College faculty and staff may obtain a courtesy borrowing card for the University of Wisconsin Library System by presenting a photo ID and proof of institutional affiliation at UW-Madison Memorial Library.  

The faculty and staff courtesy card provides the following UW Libraries priviledges:

  • Borrow UW-Madison materials
  • Place requests to have physical copies delivered to campus library of choice
  • On-campus ONLY access to databases & other digital resources
  • On-campus guest wireless access

Proctoring Policy

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Madison College Libraries DOES NOT provide proctor services; however, we are happy to serve as a location for exam make-ups. Please note, we cannot guarantee students will be supervised while taking their exam.  

For alternative proctoring options, contact your individual department information services.

Find Journal Articles

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Madison College Libraries provide a variety of journal subscriptions for academic use.

Know what you want? 
Search by title.

Want to browse? 
Search by subject.

Need an article we do not have access to? Fill out our online Interlibrary Loan form. If we can get it, articles will be emailed to you as a PDF.

If you need assistance finding journal articles, read our database help guide!