VickieHardinTaking classes online from a college or university located outside the Bossier-Shreveport area or this state is a pretty common occurrence these days. At the library we see students doing just that on a regular basis. In fact, the Bossier Parish Libraries (BPL) support distance education by offering proctoring services to these students so they can take their exams.

Connie Ammons, Reference Librarian at the Central branch says, “Proctoring allows students a convenience of not having to test at their school’s campus.  This is really beneficial for students who attend schools in Florida, Illinois, and New York, for example.”

There are some requirements that must be met before a student can sign up for a proctor. To name a few, they must be residents of Bossier Parish or a Green Gold patron; have a BPL card in good standing; read the Proctoring Policy and sign the Agreement; and present a valid picture identification.

Ammons also stated, “Our military patrons proctoring here has greatly increased over the past year and a half or so.  Being able to proctor here at the library has been a huge convenience for them—-as well as other working people.  I have had people come on their lunch break to take an exam.  Another big plus about proctoring here is that there is no charge.  It is my understanding that some places charge as much as $25 per exam.”

Bossier Central, Aulds, and Benton Libraries offer proctoring services. Master-level librarians help with setting up test dates and provide the required supervision. To protect each student’s privacy documents are shredded per the instructor’s requirements after the exam.

To schedule proctoring services contact Connie Ammons at the Bossier Central branch, (318) 746-1693; Diane Bundy at the Aulds branch, (318) 742-2337; and Kristin Kennedy at the Benton branch, (318) 965-2751.

Book it to the Bossier Libraries and take advantage of the free services that are provided for you.

Make a note:

  • Family Story Time resumed on Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Bossier Central Library. The Family Edition is for children ages 0-12 and their parents. It is always on the fourth Saturday each month. Back-to-School is this month’s topic.
  • On Monday, August 12, from 4:30-5:40 p.m., the Teen Advisory Board will meet in the History Center meeting room.

 

New Books

 

Fiction

“Kind of Kin” by Rilla Askew

“The Care Taker” by A.X. Ahmed

“A Conspiracy of Faith” by Jussi Adler-Olsen

“Fever” by Maya Banks

“Dead Scared” by S.J. Bolton

“Secrets from the Past” by Barbara Taylor Bradford

“Frost Burned” by Patricia Briggs

“Garrett for Hire” by Glen Cook

“House of the Red God” by Richard Crompton

“Candlemoth” by R.J. Ellory

 

Nonfiction

“Spoonful of Sugar” by Brenda Ashford

“The Handy Art History Answer Book” by Madelynn Dickerson

“The Well-Behaved Child” by John K. Rosemond

“The Complete Guide to Roofing & Siding” by Black & Decker

“Earl the Pearl” by Earl Monroe

“The Dawn of Pro Stock” by Steve Reyes

“The Unwinding” by George Packer

“The Key is Love” by Marie Osmond

“Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World” by Adam LeBor

“Raising the Curve” by Ron Berler

 

Vickie Hardin is Outreach Specialist for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@state.lib.la.us