Last Spring we piloted a program that consisted of placing a Reference Librarian in a Residence Hall for a two hour block. (See “Have ThinkPad, Will Travel!) We revisited the program this semester, visiting three Residence Hall on three different days and times before Fall Break (See “Embedded in the Residence Halls: Discovering What Works!) Based on what we learned from those sessions, this past Sunday we offered two more two hour sessions, one in Babcock Residence Hall and one in Johnson Residence Hall. Within five minutes of arriving in Babcock Residence Hall at 1pm, (with my ZSR banner in tow and candy supplied by the Residence Hall) I had my first personal research session. The first of five back-to-back personal research sessions! Topics ranged from “Children of Divorce” to “Rural to Urban Migration in China”. Upon completing these sessions I moved on to Johnson Residence Hall from 3-5pm. While I only had two personal research sessions in Johnson Residence Hall, other students noticed the banner and candy and stopped to ask why I was there. All were very appreciative to see ZSR in the Residence Hall, even if they didn’t have a research question! In between the sessions I caught up on email and chatted with students as they passed by my table in the formal parlor. These sessions are a great way to reach students at the point of need and our partnering with Residence Life and Housing ensures that the word gets out to students we will be in the Residence Halls! All in all it was a great Sunday afternoon!
Friday, November 18, 2011 2:26 pm