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Engaging first year students a multi faceted approach. Jasmine Jefferson & Vanessa Earp (teachmeet abstract)

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Engaging first year students a multi faceted approach. Jasmine Jefferson & Vanessa Earp (teachmeet abstract)

  1. 1. Engaging first year students: a multi-faceted approach Jasmine Jefferson, Kent State University, jjeffer1@kent.edu Vanessa Earp, Kent State University, vearp@kent.edu This presentation will focus on the library’s effort to engage students in multiple ways during their first year at Kent State University. By using social events and educational opportunities the librarians are able to connect with first year students on a variety of levels, helping to form relationships that last through out the students’ time at the university. One of our signature events that will be discussed is “Late Night at the Library”. This is a party thrown for the students the Friday before school starts from 10pm until 2 am with entertainment, food and raffles. This event allows librarians to get to know students in a social setting while also allowing students to be introduced to the library in a non-threatening way. Another event that will be discussed is our “Stress Free Zone”. This event allows students a much-needed break from studying with snacks, games, and the dogs from our “Dogs on Campus Pet Therapy Program” run by the university. We will also discuss our outreach efforts to the incoming freshman class and their families. During summer orientation we host a social hour for parents where they can also ask about the library, take a tour, or relax with refreshments while waiting for their students to finish their sessions. This interaction is a great way to set them at ease about any preconceived notions they may have about the library. These events take a tremendous amount of planning, administrative support, and librarian buy-in. This presentation will focus on how these events have evolved over time and how they are managed. Data will also be shared that shows how these events impact the students.

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