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Personal Academic Librarian Program (PAL): Home

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What's a Personal Academic Librarian (PAL)?

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 tab above, take a look at the librarian profiles, and then complete the form to get matched up with a librarian.

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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
  • Proctor your exam
  • Be a go-between for issues with your instructor