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The aim of the Personal Academic Librarian (PAL) program of the MC Libraries is to provide personalized research support to students in a heavily online environment that can seem impersonal. Click on the Choose Your PAL tababove, take a look at the librarian profiles, and then complete the form to get matched up with a librarian.
How Can a Personal Academic Librarian Help Me?
A personal academic librarian (PAL) can:
Be simply a direct email contact for research help or tech support throughout the semester
Use tools like Google Hangouts, Skype, WebEx, etc. for periodic chat sessions throughout the semester
Assist with finding relevant and reliable resources for your research assignments through our library databases and other sources, demonstrating how to use them, and helping with citations
Help you build career and life soft skills (e.g. critical thinking, decision making)
Be a reference on your resume or provide a letter of recommendation for a job you're applying if your participation in the program is satisfatory
Help you earn an optional Information Literacy Digital Badge for your resume or digital portfolio if you choose
What a personal academic librarian (PAL) can't do for you:
Perform all the research for you and write your paper
Perform advising roles of other departments at Madison College