Presented by Courtney Drysdale (Regis University) (Pronouns: she/her)
Orientation to the library is an important part of introducing students to our campus community and what libraries can offer them, but traditional building or website tours can be… well, boring for students. Instead of introducing our first year students to the library with a traditional tour or lecture, the author started offering different orientation activities to classes beginning in Fall 2018 and adding to them over time: a breakout/escape game in the library classroom, an online breakout/escape game through Zoom and Google forms, and a jigsaw activity. We’ve found that these activities are more engaging and enjoyable for both students and librarians. In this poster, I will share how and why these activities were created and used with first year students and how you could use something similar to orient users to the library or teach information literacy concepts in an active learning environment.