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Fye And The Library Cincin Fye 09

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Some rules-of-thumb I've devised over time about what works with first-year college students and the library.

Some rules-of-thumb I've devised over time about what works with first-year college students and the library.

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  • 1. Sherri B. Saines
    Reference and Instruction Librarian
    First Year Outreach Coordinator
    HCS Bibliographer
    Ohio University
    FYE and the Library: What I have learned so far
  • 2. A simple “Hello” matters
  • 3. It must be tied to a graded assignment
  • 4. Students need active, relevant information
  • 5. Be able to state your goals in one sentence.
  • 6. We are all doing about the same things
  • 7. No one knows how to market to 18-year-olds
  • 8. Relationships matter
  • 9. Communication is rare and beautiful
  • 10. Assess everything. Numbers = $$
  • 11. It costs $$
  • 12. Plan the whole first year library experience
  • 13. Easy. Fun. Free. Fast. Effective.
  • 14. Fear nothing.
  • 15. Sherri B. Saines
    Alden Library
    Ohio University
    Athens, OH
    saines@ohio.edu
    740-593-9587
  • 16. Biblography
    Price, Christy. ‘Why Don’t My Students Think I’m Groovy: The New “R”s for Engaging Millennial Learners.” The Teaching Professor, Aug / Sept 2009, Vol. 23 Issue 7, p7-8, 2p.
    Saines, Sherri, and Colleen Boff. “Services for First Year Students.” A section of Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Services_for_First_Year_Students.
    Sobel, Karen. “Promoting Library Reference Services to First-Year Undergraduate Students: What Works?” Reference & User Services Quarterly, Summer 2009, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p362-371, 10p.
    Hardesty, Larry L. The Role of the Library in the First College Year. Columbia, SC : NRCFYEST, University of South Carolina, 2007. (The Bible for FYE and libraries).
    Saines, Sherri. Find OUt First. http://www.library.ohiou.edu/newstudents/blog/