It’s finals week and as each day passes the number of students on campus will decrease exponentially. The library, while packed now, will be a desolate landscape come Thursday afternoon. And while I look forward to lazy, peaceful summer weekends, I feel a creeping anxiety when I think of the self-discipline required to keep myself on-task through the summer work days.
Thankfully, Summer 2014’s project list is growing longer and more exciting by the minute.
I have about a month and a half to prepare for the onslaught of incoming Freshmen that visit during OWU’s three June StART sessions (Student Advising, Registration and Testing). Last summer, I set up a table, some button giveaways, and a record player on the library veranda and spent much of StART hula hooping, handing out bottled water, dancing to Led Zeppelin, and getting to know our incoming students and their parents.
(See? I wasn’t fibbing.)
This year’s June StART sessions will be different. I received an email from the program coordinator that an “information fair” will be added to the check-in portion of StART. Students and families will complete essential StART tasks, but also have access to various campus departments/offices/services.
I can’t think of a better place for the library to be!
Appearing side-by-side with financial aide, the honors program, student counseling services, the health center, residence life, etc. reaffirms the library as place…essential place. Not only that, but it concentrates our participation in the three day event to a very staff-able three hour window.
In addition to the aforementioned button giveaways, I will have candy (of course) and other library promotional materials. But this year I’m going to bring Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook into the mix with a directed activity. I found a dry-erase dialogue bubble board on Amazon that I will affix a lead-in phrase to with letter stickers (something like, “I love libraries because…” or “My librarians will…”) and will photograph the students, their responses, and of course, post them with some hashtags.
#loveowulibraries #iamowu #owulibraries #loveyourlibrarian
What else is on my summer to do list, you ask?
- LibGuides revision (in particular, our Library Basics guide as referred to in a previous post)
- In-house journal club
- Reference Camp
- First Year Experience matters (library involvement in Freshmen Orientation, UC 160 – OWU’s Intro to the University Experience course, and ENG 105 – OWU’s Freshmen English Composition Course)
Of course, you’ll hear much more about all of these in the coming months.