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It’s the announcement we’ve all been waiting for… the New Mexico State Library is thrilled to officially announce that all New Mexico libraries now have access to the Brainfuse tutoring and career services portal via El Portal.

New Mexico State Library

by Mary Kaminski

It’s the announcement we’ve all been waiting for… the New Mexico State Library is thrilled to officially announce that all New Mexico libraries now have access to the Brainfuse tutoring and career services portal via El Portal.

What is Brainfuse?
HelpNow is a unique tutoring and study suite designed for patrons of all ages. It consists of expert tutoring including one-to-one online homework help, state-aligned skills building, writing assistance, an adult learning center, foreign language center, and 24/7 question center. Further, its study tools include access to a testing center, group study collaboration tools, and flashcard creation. The Brainfuse Mobile App provides access to HelpNow anywhere. Click here for more information about the features of HelpNow.

JobNow is Brainfuse’s premium job coaching service. Its distinctive suite of resources for job seekers includes on-demand access to trained career experts who provide live, one-to-one interview coaching and resume assistance. Brainfuse job coaches provide live, online assistance in strategically targeting jobs best suited to a patron’s interests and qualifications. Click here for more information about the features of JobNow.

Brainfuse boasts a state-of-the-art routing and staffing system to ensure that students receive help in a timely fashion even during periods of high demand. All tutors have a four-year college degree and submit to a rigorous selection and training process. Additionally, Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Brainfuse’s policy is to provide explanations of concepts – not just answers.

How can you access Brainfuse in your library?
In the coming months, Brainfuse will work with public libraries, academic libraries, and school libraries (in that order) to connect Brainfuse to individual library websites. Until then, please encourage your patrons to utilize Brainfuse from the El Portal homepage. The HelpNow and JobNow links are listed under “Popular Resources.” They can also be accessed from the Complete Resources page.

Why Brainfuse?
“This innovative program provides the next logical step in ensuring New Mexico’s students come out of school with a firm grasp of the curriculum they have just studied,” said Acting State Library Director and DCA Deputy Cabinet Secretary Mike Delello. “It then increases the probability that those students will put their education to use – hopefully right here at home in New Mexico, with solid career counseling and advisors provided by Brainfuse.”

Support for Brainfuse is made possible through a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).