Planning Library Orientations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081021712

Planning Library Orientations

1st Edition

Case Studies From Around the World

Editors: Kylie Bailin Ben Jahre Sarah Morris
Paperback ISBN: 9780081021712
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 180
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Description

Planning Library Orientations presents examples from around the world into a best practice guide for planning first year library orientations. Planning a library first year orientation in some form is a requirement for a lot colleges and universities throughout the world. These vary greatly in shape and form depending on the size of the institution, whether it is mandatory for students and the orientation schedule. Some institutions plan elaborate games or scavenger hunts, while others offer drop in sessions or library tours while some offer an online orientation. Sometimes these evolve over time, as was evidenced by the Lafayette College Library, which went from a more elaborate game to a tour, which had competitive game elements such as quizzes and prizes. Finding inspiration or practical tips about how to set these up has always been difficult. Some are discussed in published papers but many are not. This book attempts to gather examples from around the world to create a best practice guide for planning library first year orientations in various forms. This book is only focused on these one-off orientations which mostly do not attempt to cover information literacy in depth, but rather attempt to reduce library anxiety by introducing students to what a college/university library is, what it contains and where to find it while also showing them how helpful librarians can be.

Key Features

  • Gives guidance on best practice for first year library orientations
  • Gathers examples from around the world to provide international perspective
  • Empowers librarians to take aim at the anxiety felt by first year students
  • Presents effective ways of introducing students to what a college/university library is, what it contains and where to find it while also showing them how helpful librarians can be

Readership

Academic librarians, librarians charged with planning first year orientations, library leaders, graduate students and researchers in LIS

Table of Contents

1. Back to basics with engaging and interactive library tours
2. Innovative library orientations
3. Scavenger hunts or innovative games
4. Interactive orientations, video orientations, or online orientations
5. Social media use during library orientations
6. Orientations for transfer, international, or other specific groups of students
7. Library swag, prizes and contests used during library orientations
8. Strategies for reaching students at very large universities
9. Library orientation drop in seminars or presentations
Other strategies not mentioned

Details

No. of pages:
180
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Chandos Publishing 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Paperback ISBN:
9780081021712

About the Editor

Kylie Bailin

Kylie Bailin has worked as the Director of Outreach & Access Services at Lafayette College since 2014. Previously she worked as a Research, Instruction & Outreach Librarian at Lafayette College and as Outreach Team Leader of the Science, Engineering & Medicine Unit at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In all of these roles, she has partcipated in or planned new student orientations for both large and small audiences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Outreach & Access Services, Lafayette College, USA

Ben Jahre

Ben Jahre is a Research & Instruction Librarian at Lafayette College, where he teaches information literacy and is the electronic resources coordinator. His main research interest is the intersection of public services and e-resources. He received his MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research & Instruction Librarian, Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Lafayette College. In addition to partnering in outreach initiatives, she works with students and faculty interested in exploring new methodologies and pedagogy. Previously she was a Carolina Academic Library Associate at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research & Instruction Librarian, Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA