Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Busy First Weeks of the Fall Semester

UK Libraries rolled out the “blue” carpet for new and returning student this fall, beginning with an  introduction to library services for undergraduates at the Residence Life Resource Fair on August 13, reaching 180 Resident Advisors.

UK Libraries was well represented at the orientation for over 400 new graduate teaching assistants held August 13-14. The new teaching assistants learned about some of the most important library services needed for effective teaching and research. This fifteen minute overview was a preview to encourage new graduate students to meet their Academic Liaison at the New Graduate Student Resource Fair to make a personal connection.

The UK Libraries information table was by far the busiest at the August 15 New Graduate Student Resource Fair, where UK Libraries representatives welcomed new students, answered questions, and demonstrated a variety of library resources.  Three tables filled with displays and videos served as the backdrop for UK Libraries personnel busily activating student IDs to be used as library cards, setting up ILLiad accounts so students could request library materials from other institutions, showing examples of UK Libraries' unique materials, and introducing students to UKnowledge for publishing their dissertations and theses.

During K-Week, the William T. Young Library welcomed students with several Turbo Tours, a quick orientation to the library followed by a lively overview of UK Libraries services and resources.

UK Libraries also welcomed new and returning students during the first two weeks of classes at an Information Desk in the William T. Young Library lobby, featuring bookmarks, brochures, maps, and library coffee mugs. From August 22nd-31st, UK Libraries faculty and staff from public services, technical services, library technologies, the Dean’s Office, and other areas answered over 1500 student questions ranging from “where is my class?” to “how do I find a book on this topic?”

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