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Creating an Engaging Library Orientation: First Year Experience Courses at University of California, San Diego

  • Author(s): Goldman, Crystal
  • Turnbow, Dominique
  • Roth, Amanda
  • Friedman, Lia
  • Heskett, Karen
  • et al.
Abstract

This article focuses on the development of an engaging library orientation module for UC San Diego First Year Experience (FYE) courses. The library module included a brief in-class presentation about research concepts and library services, an online interactive library scavenger hunt given as an in-class activity, and a homework assignment where students created public service announcements highlighting their favorite library space or resource. Over 400 FYE students completed the library module, and many indicated a marked increase in comfort using the library by the end of the module. Recommended practices are included for those wishing to create a similar module.

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