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Orville, Wilbur, and Walt, oh my!

Thursday, March 22, 2012 1:44 pm

As part of my instructional duties, I coordinate library instructional classes and tours for elementary and high school students. In February, I received a phone call from a teacher at Mount Tabor High School requesting an IL session for her students. She wanted me to introduce her students to some of the library resources on Roman authors. As I thought about what some of those resources might be, I decided to check and see if someone had created a LIBGuide. I did a search for the keyword “classics” in the Research Guides’ search box and guess what? The first one on the list was “Classics” created by Carol Cramer. Thanks to Carol and her LIBGuide I quickly identified some really good sources for this class.

On April 22, Hu and I provided library tours for 4th and 5th graders from Mountain View Elementary School in Wilkes County. The teacher who arranged the tour noted in his email that he had “coordinated a tour for last April that was very successful.” During the library tour, students had an opportunity to visit Special Collections. Megan had pulled a wide variety of materials and displayed them on the table in Special Collections. Some of the “rare” gems included the Nuremberg Chronicle and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Thanks to both Megan and Rebecca for assisting with the tours. In Reference, Joy provided an excellent overview of our resources and services. Students were also introduced to The Bridge. For the Government Document part of the tour, I selected documents based loosely on flying and space travel. The Wright Flyer included pictures of Wilbur and Orville Wright. I read a quote from JFK’s Land a Man on the Moon Speech from the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Kennedy - 1961. Thanks to Joy, Megan, Rebecca, and Hu for assisting with the tours.

2 Responses to “Orville, Wilbur, and Walt, oh my!”

  1. You all always deliver a good experience for visiting groups!

  2. This is great! What an inventive way to engage these visiting kids and help them avoid the intimidation that an academic library would otherwise bring.

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