ISU’s New Student Orientation: Debriefing

Well, in late May, I posted the ‘here comes New Student Orientation’. We all survived! This posting will give you an idea of the kind of support such an undertaking needs: June’s New Student Orientation has finished – what a way to make a month fly by! Karen Evans and Marsha Miller hosted the Open Preference Students in Library Events and interacted with many parents and family members at the Parents & Staff Open Houses in the ISU Bookstore. They loved those whistle/light/key chains!! Carol Lunce bore the brunt of staffing the Resource Table for the AOPs in Gillum Hall, with appearances as well by Steve Hardin, Shelley Arvin, Anthony Kaiser, and Susan Frey. Barb Austin passed out 1,528 of the “Student Guide to the Library” booklets at the Resource Fairs in HMSU. Some of the materials prepared for NSO will be kept on hand to distribute if other newly admitted students come through between now and the start of the Fall semester. Special thanks to Admin Office students, VK & Karthik, for pencil sharpening and pen & key chain gathering, Ref/Instruction students, Allison Flurry & Daniela Baez, for counting out packs of 50 – ad nauseum – of last year’s Extravaganza handouts, Dara, for setting up the Events OP corner, David & Kevin for bringing down tables from 230, and to Bev for the candy supply and some pink paper. Thanks also to Darla for the continuing supply of Writing Center brochures and to Cheryl/Circ for the Community Borrowers info we used at the Parents Social Hour. Additional special thanks to the Admin photocopier for never breaking down! At the RefDesk, we noticed LOTS of groups coming through the Library on the campus tours, so I think we definitely got some notice. If I missed thanking someone, sorry! Oh yes, I think Wilma assisted with some desk coverage for people who were going over to Gillum.

  • Parents & Staff Social Hour [resource table & brief orientation], in ISU Bookstore: 14 sessions
  • Open Preference students [resource packet & brief orientation with PowerPoint], in Library: 10 sessions
  • Academic Open Preference [staffed resource table], in Student Academic Services Center: 10 sessions

2008-09 Instruction Statistics

It is that time of year that we spend a lot of time counting! The 9 Reference/Instruction librarians had the usual busy year.

Number of sessions: 319
No. of patrons: 5,785
Hours of instruction: 400:02
Hrs of Online [support] work: 74:02

Distance Learners: 15
Undergrad: 203
Grad: 51
Faculty: 11
Staff: 0
Other [non-ISU]: 38
Individual Instruction [reported if more than 15 min. spent in consultation, off refdesk]: 34

Library Getting Ready for New Student Orientation

Starting this week, and continuing thru June, ISU will be running its New Student Orientation Program. Running from noon until noon, with an overnight stay, incoming students and their parents will have a whirlwind orientation stay, ending with students getting advised and registered for Fall classes. Participants will have several opportunities to interact with the Library:

  1. Resource Fair: as parents & students arrive, before the big program begins, they can visit a resource fair with tables representing many campus areas, including the Library.
  2. Parents will have an opportunity to interact with librarians during a Social Hour preceding dinner. Hosted by the ISU Bookstore, librarians will give parents/family members an idea of the sorts of things they can do to help their student get ready for the world of academic research.
  3. During the morning advising and registration process, parents may take a campus tour and stop by the library. A librarian met with the student orientation leaders who will be conducting the tours, and has given them lots of information to share with the parents.
  4. Student Academic Services Center staff will be advising and registering students in two programs: Academic Open Preference and Open Preference. AOP students can stop by a Library display table, visit with librarians, and receive information after they have finished registering. OP students have the option of an informal orientation session, in the Library, after they have completed their registration, which takes place in the Library’s Instruction area.
  5. The Parent/Family member schedule ends around 6:30. The Library is open until 10pm. People who live nearby can actually get a Community Borrower’s card and use the same library their student will!

2nd floor shifting update

Work was completed this week on the backshifting of the music books (M’s). We are moving into the L’s (Education) and we project that we will finish the backshifting of the 2nd floor by the end of next week. Once the backshifting is completed the K’s and L’s will be in the middle range of shelves and the south range will be empty.

Then the real work begins.

In late April and May, we will begin moving the books from the basement up to the second floor. The start of our monograph collection (regular books) will begin on the 2nd floor, just across from the 229 classroom. Bound journals will be left in the basement and backshifted to free up shelves that will be moved to the north end of the basement. Once we get some of those shelves to their new home, we will begin moving bound journals from the end of our collection (the Z’s) from the 3rd floor to the basement.

Ultimately, we will have all of the bound journals in the basement, the monographs on the second and third floor, and government documents and a large study space on the lower level.

-A Kaiser