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Connecting User Communities With Libraries Through Puzzles
Mathew Willmott, MIT Science Library
For more information:
Contact me at [email protected] or visit the MIT Libraries’ puzzle page at http://libraries.mit.edu/puzzle.
Puzzle Construction: An In-Depth Example
The main goal in the construction of these puzzles was to guide the users to a resource and show them some way in which it could be useful to them in the future.
Other Puzzle Examples
Now it’s your turn!
Solve this puzzle to get an MIT Libraries keychain!
(attach sample puzzle here)
Submission count by student status (correct solutions in parentheses)
What students are saying:
“…thanks also for providing a fun distraction from work throughout the year. I only wish you'd started these earlier in my time at MIT.”
“I had a lot of fun solving the puzzles!”
“The puzzles were unexpected, entertaining, and a welcome distraction from everyday work. Seriously, what MIT student wouldn’t be intrigued by a cryptic list of numbers, especially if it isn’t on a p-set?”
“It succeeded in not only being entertaining, but I actually learned a great deal more about the MIT library tools. Keep it up in the future!”
“More frequent library puzzles, please.”