Don’t be intimidated by the library

Nicole Stempak

Librarians, tutors offer student services

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There are more than just books on the 12 floors and basement of the University Library. Jamie Seeholzer, first year experience librarian, highlights some helpful services that are sometimes overlooked by students.

1st floor

The Student Multimedia Studio has a variety of multimedia equipment and software. Students can create presentations and projects using Wacom Tablets, mini-DV/VHS decks, Adobe Creative Suite CS4, Final Cut Studio 6, Audacity, 3D Studio Max 9, Microsoft Office Suite and more. In addition, students can receive one-on-one technology support.

1st floor

Students working on research papers and other projects can schedule to meet with librarians for assistance. Personalized Research Consultations (PERCs) are one-on-one, 30- to 60-

minute sessions where librarians help students navigate databases to find information and resources.

1st floor

Located near the elevators, the Helpdesk can help students install FlashZONE wireless, troubleshoot problems in Vista 8.0 and access their university e-mail account.

1st floor

Math tutors from the Academic Success Center are available to students with the coursework for their math classes. During the week, they have regular drop-in hours, so no appointment is necessary.

3rd floor

Students can rent digital cameras and video cameras from Audio Visual Services for free. AVS also houses more than 10,000 educational videos and DVDs.

4th floor

For students who need help with a written assignment, there’s the Writing Commons. Tutors can help students develop a thesis, master grammar and punctuation and tackle other writing weaknesses. Reservations can be made online, but drop-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. ?

For other general research questions, students can contact Kent State librarians via AOL Instant Messenger. Librarians can be reached at the handle IMaKSULibrarian while the reference desk is open.

Contact reporter Nicole Stempak at [email protected].