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Wild GooseChase: Reimagining Library Orientation with a Mobile App

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Directors Row 3

A physical tour is a valuable way for libraries to showcase services and spaces. In academic libraries, orientation sessions are usually our big chance to make a good impression on first-year and transfer students. However, large class sizes, numerous sessions, and lots of material to cover means that these orientations can sometimes end up overwhelming or even boring - for both students and librarians. With this challenge in mind, librarians from Pittsburg State University set out to reimagine our orientation sessions with the goals of encouraging active learning, facilitating team building, and creating a fun environment. The result? A mobile scavenger hunt that offers both knowledge about the library and plenty of laughs along the way. Could your institution’s orientation program use a revamp? Join us as we share the highs and lows of crafting, delivering, and assessing a mobile scavenger hunt using the GooseChase app.

Presented by: Lindsey Taggart, Jorge León, and Robert Lindsey
Sponsored by: Program Committee
Designed for: Academic libraries
Areas of interest: Technology, Public services

Lindsey TaggartLindsey Taggart is the Assessment and Collection Development Librarian at Pittsburg State University. She earned a BA from Grinnell College and an MLIS from the University of Missouri. Previously, she served as Public Services Librarian at Crowder College, where she provided instruction and outreach to incoming students. Her research interests include critical librarianship and student learning assessment.

Jorge LeonJorge A. León is the Learning Outreach Librarian at Pittsburg State University. Originally a Florida native, he moved to SE Kansas to work at the Leonard H. Axe Library in 2014. He received his MLIS from Florida State University.  His current areas of focus are First-Year Instruction, student retention, and library space transformation. Within Outreach, Jorge focuses on connecting the library with campus life. By emphasizing student centered programming and student created content, Jorge focuses on making students active partners in changing the library space.

Robert LindseyRobert Lindsey is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at Pittsburg State University.  He has done library instruction since 1997 and has been at PSU since 2003.  He collects vinyl records and watches movies made before he was born.  

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