Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 10, No 1 (2016)

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

Crystal Goldman, Dominique Turnbow, Amanda Roth, Lia Friedman, Karen Heskett


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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