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How Can a Personal Librarian Benefit My Online Class?

A personal librarian can help out with your Blackboard class in a variety of ways.

A personal librarian can:

  • Be simply a direct email contact for students who prefer private one-on-one research help
  • Be more embedded in the class as a guest instructor for part or all of the term
  • Utilize Blackboard's Collaborate service to provide pre-recorded sessions on library research skills or library tools, chat with students individually or as a group, share a whiteboard, etc.  
  • Take part in targeted discussion threads
  • Include research guides and tools in Links or information literacy definitions in the Glossary
  • Help in some other way that would be useful to you in the delivery of your course

If you are interested in Personal Librarian service for your Blackboard class, please contact Matthew Coan at or (608) 246-6639, or speak with a librarian you know!

Information Literacy


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Online Instruction, Blackboard and the Libraries

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Providing links in your Blackboard course to Madison College Libraries website and resources can enhance your Blackboard course. Direct links can be helpful to your students as they work on research or assignments for your class - on-campus or off-campus.

Link to specific library databases you would like your students to use for their research, link directly to specific journal articles or a reading list.

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