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Engaging First-Year Students at SU Libraries. Abby Kasowitz-Scheer Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz. Special Programs/Groups. SummerStart Program that enables incoming first-year students to begin taking classes in July and get a head start on their college careers. First Year Forum

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engaging first year students at su libraries

Engaging First-Year Students at SU Libraries

Abby Kasowitz-Scheer

Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz

special programs groups
Special Programs/Groups
  • SummerStart
    • Program that enables incoming first-year students to begin taking classes in July and get a head start on their college careers.
  • First Year Forum
    • Small-group, seminar-like class to introduce new students to College of Arts and Sciences, SU and the surrounding communities.
  • Posse
    • SU offers scholarships to students recruited and trained through the Posse Foundation, a college access and youth leadership program. Students enroll at SU in groups or “Posses” from home cities (Atlanta, LA, Miami). Librarians assigned to work with students from each city.
goals
Goals
  • As a result of our programs for first-year students, students will:
    • Become familiar with the Libraries’ buildings and spaces.
    • Identify key services and resources to use for future research activities.
    • Recognize Libraries’ staff as friendly, helpful people.
photo activity
Photo Activity
  • Used for SummerStart, First-Year Forum
  • Session:
    • Brief intro to Libraries
    • Split into groups for activity
    • Wrap up to discuss answers
wits and wagers
Wits and Wagers
  • Used with Posse Students
  • Designed own questions to introduce students to SU and Libraries
  • Played in teams
  • Answers must be numbers
wits and wagers examples
Wits and Wagers Examples
  • Useful Library Info:
    • What is the late fee per day for a digital camera at Bird Library?
    • For how many days can an undergraduate student borrow a book?
  • SU Facts and Figures
    • How many countries did SU students come from in 2012-2013?
  • Not-as-Useful Interesting Library Trivia
    • How many items were borrowed from the Libraries from June 2011-June 2012?
wits and wagers examples answers
Wits and Wagers Examples: Answers
  • Useful Library Info:
    • What is the late fee per day for a digital camera at Bird Library? $5
    • For how many days can an undergraduate student borrow a book? 28
  • SU Facts and Figures
    • How many countries did SU students come from in 2012-2013? 126
  • Not-as-Useful Interesting Library Trivia
    • How many items were borrowed from the Libraries from June 2011-June 2012? 183,294
feedback
Feedback
  • SummerStart Student e-mail:“…to my surprise, this was the most fun and informative presentation out of all [SummerStart seminar presentations]. It was fun because we played and learned at the same time….Through this game, I also got to know a lot of things about the library.”
  • Posse Program Coordinator: “Thank you!!  Your presentation was so informative and FUN!  Very much how Posse rolls!  The students loved those [meeples]…Again, thank you for your commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity!”
contact information
Contact Information
  • Abby Kasowitz-Scheer (askasowi@syr.edu)
  • Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz (fathorne@syr.edu)