By Evie Shaye Herndon
Thigpen Library offered a student service program called Research Rescue for students December 1, 2 and 3.
According to the Coordinator of Educational Technology Support, Ryan Taylor, students were able to stop by personally or attend a virtual event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Dec. 1,2 and 3. The program was dedicated to helping students with research for their final research assignments.
“Thigpen librarians can help you with all your research needs, from beginning to end and all the steps in between. They can help with choosing a topic, evaluating information, navigating databases, finding articles and citing your sources,” said Taylor in an announcement on eLearn.
If students were unavailable to attend the events they also had the option of using the Vol State Ask-A-Librarian on the library’s website.
According to the Vol State website, “Thigpen Library provides the resources and services needed to sustain an innovative and high-quality learning environment for the College and its community of learners,”.
“Although students have the ability to get research help in-person or on-line every day; I thought highlighting our services as a way to help complete their final assignments might encourage more students to reach out for assistance. The last week is typically a very stressful time when multiple projects and papers are due. It was my hope that by offering Research Rescue, students would know it still wasn’t too late to get help and complete their assignments by the end of the semester,” said Teri Terranova.
“I don’t have the exact number of participants, but I know between Research Rescue and our culminating event, Pause with Paws, we met with over 20 individuals. We would always like to see more students, but we consider any event successful if we’ve helped at least one student,” said Terranova.
The event was indeed successful as many students said things like Thank you so much, I feel so much better about completing my assignment now and This makes things so much easier, I wish I would have met with you sooner,” said Terranova.
“Our best advice to students is to ask for help (that’s what we are here for) and make sure to take little study breaks, both will help decrease stress and give them the ability to complete their assignments,” said Terranova.