From my poster session @ the 2nd National Personal Librarian & 1st Year Experience Conference
For more information about our 1st year experience course, UC 160, please click here.
To see a LibGuide we created to support UC 160 course texts, please click here.
Tips For Increasing Librarian Visibility On Campus:
Make 1st Year Experience Librarian part of your job title. I’ve not been formally declared the 1st Year Experience Librarian at OWU yet, but will be soon.
Have a very active Facebook presence. I let my personality shine on Facebook and it’s resulted in a lot of great relationships with students over the years. I often get reference questions or requests for research appointments via Facebook messenger. I also join campus Facebook groups (Class of 2017, English Department, etc.).
Represent your library at as many 1st year events as possible. At OWU, I first meet students at StART and see them again during Freshman Orientation. I also work with many students in our first year composition course (ENG 105).
Co-teach a 1st year experience course. Maybe a co-teacher position will lead to you having your own section!
Have an engaging library presentation for any 1st year courses that visit the library (go beyond the scavenger hunt or library tour). For us, this is a work in progress, but I’ll share our new library presentation here on my blog as soon as it’s ready.
Coloring has been the go-to stress reliever in libraries for a while now, so it was only a matter of time before we jumped on that bandwagon. And, honestly, I’m so glad we did. Students were very receptive (especially our student workers). One student worker kept taping blank sheets to the Desk to encourage collaborative coloring.
I bought two adult coloring books, tore out the pages, and made copies so I can keep the originals and put out copied sheets each semester (total cost $10). I then purchased 5 boxes of standard Crayola colored pencils. They were on SUPER sale at our local Pat Catan’s – only $2 per box!
I put the coloring pages in one of those office paper trays along with the container of sharpened pencils and this sign:
To promote the month-long event, I shared this on Facebook (made with Piktochart, as usual):
In sum, this was a very low cost/low labor activity that my students really loved. From now on, every November and April will be coloring month in my library!