LibGuides

LGBTQIA+ Resources for OWU Students

In the academic library world, excellent student employees are essential. I’ve been fortunate to work with one such employee her entire four years here at OWU and am so happy she’s continuing her employment with  us over the summer. After attending a conference, she came to me with the idea to create a LibGuide including resources for our LGBTQIA+ community. Sarah did most of the work collecting resources and formatting the guide. I just gave some editing input after she put it all together.

The finished product is an excellent new resource for LGBTQIA+ students at OWU. This comprehensive site includes information on how to find LGBTQIA+ books in library catalogs, a list of excellent websites, campus and off-campus resources, ally resources, and information on sex positivity.

This resource is available at http://library.owu.edu/lgbtqia_resources.

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Librarian Integration into A 1st Year Experience Course: From the Periphery into the Thick of It

Here is the poster I presented at the 2nd National Personal Librarian & 1st Year Experience Conference

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.

 

 

 

An Easy Way To Collaborate With Your Campus Writing Center

It’s no secret that collaborating and supporting campus services strengthens the library’s relationships and increases its value and visibility. Thanks to a suggestion from OWU’s Writing Resource Center faculty, my library was able to provide space and marketing for a much-needed “after-hours” student service.

Our campus Writing Resource Center serves students by helping them become more confident, effective writers. Students can drop by or schedule an appointment during regular business hours to get help from experienced faculty on any type of writing assignment. However, on a small, residential campus like OWU, student schedules are often packed to the gills between 9 am and 5 pm (class, sports, lunch, naps, etc.).

Enter the library.

We’ve begun hosting a Writing Center Drop-in Table a few nights each month from 7 – 9 pm. The table is staffed by student peer-tutors and a librarian (when a librarian is available). Our first two tables were a great success with 6 students stopping by each night (a strong turn out for a campus this size). The writing center faculty advertised directly to our freshmen composition faculty and I did marketing through Facebook and the library website.

Now that we’ve got our advertising and LibGuide established, there is little I need to do each time new dates are announced. It’s another great way to get students into the library and promote the use of our space by other campus organizations.

If you can't already tell, I once again used Piktochart to create this (in my humble opinion) most excellent web advertisement.

If you can’t already tell, I once again used Piktochart to create this (in my humble opinion) most excellent web advertisement.

And this is the image I created for our website's rotating carousel.  Again, the glory that is Piktochart!

And this is the image I created for our website’s rotating carousel. Again, the glory that is Piktochart!

It’s the End of Academic Year 2013/2014 as We Know It and I Feel…BUSY.

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.

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(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.