Webinar Recap: The First Year Library Experience

Librarians Ray Pun and Meggan Houlihan recently presented on best practices and new directions academic libraries can explore when providing orientation and instruction to first year students.

Ray and Meggan focused on three key points: Orientation, Instruction & Programs, and Assessment. For example, some tips for libraries looking to boost their orientation program:

  • First Impressions Count! Make the most of it.
  • Consider your student body: Don’t limit yourself to first year students. Consider including transfer students, distance learners, international students, and untraditional students.
  • Community outreach: Think about summer bridge and upward bound programs.

They providedĀ a long list of activities and tools you can start using immediately to improve FYE in your library, regardless of whether you are part of a formal institution-wide program or not.

Watch the full webinar below to learn more about how your library can have the greatest impact on first year students!

Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian at California State University, Fresno. He coordinates the first year information literacy program and first year library experience across campus. Most recently he is the co-editor ofThe First-Year Experience Cookbook (ACRL 2017).

Meggan Houlihan is the first year experience and instruction librarian at NYU Abu Dhabi. With Ray, she is the co-editor of The First-Year Experience Cookbook (ACRL 2017).


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