Orienting Students to Library Services through Asynchronous Engagement

Poster Description: Through an interactive escape room using Google slides and forms, Bitmoji characters, and library resources, Forsyth Library reached record numbers of on-campus and online students. In this case study, learn how the activity was designed to introduce students to university history, special collections, the library website and other electronic resources.

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Presenter Name(s): Brittney Squire, Fort Hays State University and Cyndi Landis, Fort Hays State University

Presenter Bio(s): Brittney is the Outreach Services Specialist at Forsyth Library where she coordinates events, promotion and communication efforts, and exhibits and displays. She has eight years of previous experience in higher education student affairs with an emphasis on student engagement. Contact Brittney at bmsquire@fhsu.edu.

Cyndi is the Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Forsyth Library where she provides library instruction, creates instructional materials and tutorials, and offers one-on-one research help. She also leads the outreach team overseeing the library website, programming and events, communication, wayfinding, and other initiatives. Contact Cyndi at cllandis2@fhsu.edu.

6 replies on “Orienting Students to Library Services through Asynchronous Engagement”

Thanks for sharing, Brittney and Cyndi! Could you elaborate on the prizes. What was the completion prize and the grand prize? How did the logistics work for your online students and on-campus students for receiving their prizes?

Ruth, these are great questions! There were three prizes levels: (1) one grand prize which was a full sweat suit donated by Campus Intramurals, (2) three gift baskets filled with library swag and an Amazon gift card, and (3) completion prizes for anyone who completed which was a button designed and made in-house with our button machine. In order for participants to be eligible for prizes, they had to complete the entire activity and provide their email address. An email was sent to prizes winners in each of the three levels with instructions for on-campus students to pick-up their prize at the library and or for online students to respond with their address so we could mail the prize. We ended up mailing two of the gift baskets and a handful of completion prizes. The extra work was well worth it to be able to connect with our online students!

This is a great idea. Having online students being familiar with the university’s history seems like it was a success. Do you have any online doctoral students in your programs? If so, did they participate?

Thank you for your comment Melissa! Our university is primarily a bachelors and masters degree granting institution but we do have one doctoral program in nursing which is also an online program. There was a general comment box at the end of the activity where several participants self-identified as online students which is how we know we were able to reach that audience. However, we did not collect information indicating class level or status so there is no way to determine the breakdown of participants in that detail.

Thanks for your encouragement Anne! I have also thought about trivia for a more interactive presentations. What platform do you use for that?