Library Orientation Odyssey: Using Gaming and Social Networking Concepts to Educate New Users

PRESENTER:
Ron Joslin, Systems Librarian, Macalester College   

SESSION DESCRIPTION:
A challenge for all academic libraries is how best to introduce new students to its services and resources without contributing to the "information overload" that first year students encounter when they arrive on campus. Macalester College's library has been experimenting with online gaming and social networking concepts in order to offer first year students an opportunity to be introduced to library services and resources during the summer before they arrive on campus. This session will highlight these projects and share lessons learned as they traveled along this orientation odyssey.

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