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

Communications in Information Literacy. 2016;10(1):81-98 DOI 10.15760/comminfolit.2016.10.1.16


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Journal Title: Communications in Information Literacy

ISSN: 1933-5954 (Print)

Publisher: Communications in Information Literacy

LCC Subject Category: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources: Information resources (General)

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Crystal Goldman (University of California, San Diego)

Dominique Turnbow (University of California, San Diego)

Amanda Roth (University of California, San Diego)

Lia Friedman (University of California, San Diego)

Karen Heskett (University of California, San Diego)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

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.