Colleges and universities throughout the world plan library orientations for first years or specific audiences such as transfer or international students. These events can vary greatly in shape and form depending on the size, resources and staff of the institution, orientation schedule, and whether it is mandatory for students. Some institutions plan day-long events, elaborate games, or scavenger hunts; some offer drop in sessions or library tours; others offer an online orientation. Planning Academic Library Orientations gathers case studies from around the world covering a wide variety of approaches as a guide to those revamping or creating new library orientations.
Chapters are organized into the following thematic sections: Games; Marketing & Promotion; Partnerships; Targeting Specific Audiences; Technology; and Tours, and are cross-referenced if they touch on additional themes. Each chapter includes institutional information so readers can decide which type of orientation is appropriate for their own institution and see what resources are required.
- Gives guidance on best practices for academic library orientations
- Gathers examples from around the world to provide international perspective
- Empowers librarians to take aim at the anxiety felt by new and first year students
- Presents effective ways of introducing students to what a college/university library is, what it contains, and where to find information, while also showing how helpful librarians can be
Games 1. Hole in One: Library Services on the Green 2. Passing Go: Utilizing Gamification to Introduce New Students to the Libraries 3. Breakout the Library: Using Escape Room Concepts to Teach and Assess the First Year Library Orientation Experience 4. New tactics for orientation: using gamification to connect and engage students 5. Play Day at UTS library: engaging students with fun and serious play 6. Orientation as Exploration: Video Game Training Modules as a Model for Learning by Discovery 7. Connecting New Freshmen with the Library: People, Places & Problem Solving
Marketing & Promotion 8. Supporting student retention and success: Personal Librarian Program at the University of Victoria 9. Welcome to the Library: Building a Social Orientation Campaign 10. Building Community through Festival: Library Orientation on the Quad
Partnerships 11. Collaboration on a Grand Scale: Creating a high-impact educational orientation experience through campus and library partnerships 12. Building Partnerships for Better Library Orientations 13. Teaching library and legal research skills to first year law students: the role of library tours and exercises 14. The Big Red Ruckus @ Love
From Co-operation to Collaboration
Targeting Specific Audiences 15. Library Orientations for Resident Assistants 16. Marhaba, Welcome: Orienting International Students to the Academic Library 17. Passport to Discovery: A Library Adventure 18. Designing a library orientation for first year students with disabilities through the STEPS program 19. Self-Designed Orientations by International Graduate Students 20. "The library is very huge and beautiful: A Library Orientation for English Language Learners 21. Be All That You Can Be: Targeting Library Orientations to Student Cadets 22. Introducing New International Students to Privilege in Information Access
Technology 23. Creating a Library Orientation Video for Distance, Regional and Online Students 24. Creating and Sustaining Library Video Tours 25. Coming to a Screen Near You: Broadcasting Library Orientations 26. Interactive eLearning: Designing the Immersive Course-Integrated Online Library Orientation
Tours 27. Adding Addie To The Library Orientation Programme For Freshmen At Singapore Management University Libraries 28. The Evolution of EKU Libraries Orientations: Giving Students a LibStart to Student Success through Library Engagement 29. #FreshStart: Library Orientation @A Caribbean Academic Library 30. Hunger to Change the Game: Using Assessment to Continually Evolve a Library Orientation 31. 200 students in 20 minutes: Freshman Orientation Tours 32. Passport to Academic Success: An Engaging, Active-Learning Library Orientation for New Students 33. Library Boot Camp: Scalable Basic Training for New Library Users 34. Pecha Kucha It: Everything you need to know about the library in six minutes and forty seconds
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 participated in or planned new student orientations for both large and small audiences. She received her MLIM from Charles Sturt University
Benjamin 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, including Open Educational Resources. He received his MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Sarah Morris is a Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill. Previously she worked as a Research and Instruction Librarian at Lafayette College. In addition to partnering in outreach initiatives, she is interested in engaging undergraduates in original research, traditional and digital, and loves finding ways to get students in the library. She received her MSLS from UNC Chapel-Hill.