Due to the uniqueness of the university I am currently working at, we are coming up to ‘Induction Week’ which is equivalent to the fresher’s week universities usually have in September or October. In this induction week, we want to deliver something fun and creative as well as informative, in order to generate more interest in the library and its services and facilities.
So, as I was brainstorming for ideas, I came across a few university libraries (University of Sheffield , Warwickshire College and University of Greenwich), that had put in a lot of effort into engaging with students during that important time of the year, where you want to draw in as many people as possible as early as possible.
Ideas ranged from having a theme, creating posters, having a treasure hunt, a spin the wheel game, a lucky dip and quizzes (including guessing how many sweets are in a jar or how many books are in the library).
I also came across a few ideas for what we could do continually throughout the year to make the library feel current and relevant. For example, Durham University Library put out chalk board signboards with a quote of the day and where to view their online activities.
It amazed me that there were so many things that we could potentially do to make the library seem interesting and attractive. It also tied in with one of the things that really stuck with me when I completed the Library Science Msc, which was that we continually need to promote the library and the library’s services. We need to continually make sure that students know who we are, where we are and how we can help them. By getting involved in induction week we make ourselves present in the eyes of the student and therefore relevant to the student experience.