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1 Making a First Impression with Students and Staff: Library Orientation Ideas Jo-Anne LaForty & Sharon Mills Library and Learning Resources TDSB

2 AGENDA zWhos here? zThinking about orientations zKey messages and tips zStrategies zServing a diverse population zStaff need orientations too! zFinal thoughts

3 Orientations are like...

4 We went to the Library today. It was….

5 Key Messages

6 Libraries support your academic success zWe are going to help you do better in school zThis is the beginning of a beautiful relationship zWere available outside classroom hours zWe can fill the gaps and provide you with things you may not have at home zWeve got great resources to support your learning zWere current

7 Libraries provide a location for learning zClass work zHomework zGroup work zRespectful & safe

8 Libraries provide tangible and human resources Resources znewspapers zmagazines zfiction zgraphic novels znon-fiction zcomputer resources zvideos Human element zhelp you locate what you need or might enjoy zdisplays zreading programs zactivities

9 Essential Content zIntroduction of all staff zPurpose of the library zHours zAreas of the Library - signage zBorrowing procedures zOverdue procedures zOverview of collection zRules = *expectations * guidelines*

10 Non-essential Content zCovering all aspects of the collection MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE TO TEACH THIS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF A COURSE ASSIGNMENT, ACTIVITY OR PROJECT

11 Tips for Orientation Day zMake your environment welcoming ySigns yDisplays

12 More Tips for Orientation Day zMinimize conflict ytalk to teacher ahead of time and insist classes arrive as a group with teacher zMeet and greet zBegin with the students yfind out who they are zAddress learning styles yespecially visual and bodily kinesthetic

13 Within the first three seconds of a new encounter, you are evaluated… even if it is just a glance. Within only three seconds, you make an indelible impression. You may intrigue some and disenchant others. Scary Stuff! Michelle Sterling, Global Image Group

14 Strategy - PowerPoint zintroduction or activity zwhole class or individuals zprovides immediate focus for class zhighlights teacher-librarian as a techno-wiz Avoid: Power Pointless or Death by Power Point Irene Irene JitkaJitka

15 Additional Strategies: Activity Look through your package at the brochures & activities. Find an idea that you could your library.

16 More Strategies zStations -introduce students to different resources and areas zGames - scavenger hunts zMap activities - learn layout of library zWebquests

17 Webquests zhard to find for secondary zcurrently focus on skills yDewey yplagiarism ysearch skills zmight be part of an orientation or a later library visit

18 Strategy: Video ztechnology that is becoming more accessible zpermanent record zused for parent nights, staff meetings zinclude student testimonials zvisual zstudent involvement Tip for techno-wizs: embed in PowerPoint

19 ESL and Special Needs zIdentify special needs of these classes zTake nothing for granted zGreater need to address multiple learning styles zSignage takes on greater importance zESL - vocabulary acquisition zSpecial Needs - inclusiveness ESL

20 Staff Orientations znew teachers zpre-service teachers zstaff meetings zdepartment meetings

21 Nouveau teachers zMake connections zShowcase collection zOverview of library program zOutline how we can help through teaching research process zProvide sample assignments zProvide handouts (student research guides, etc.)

22 Vintage teachers zUpdate on new and exciting resources zRe-establish connections zRe-enforce message Im here…use me! zOpportunity for feedback zRemind heres what I can do for you…heres what I need you to do for me

23 Strategies zBrochures zHandouts zPowerPoints zSocial events: Open House, Books and Bagels zHave flyer and invitation ready for new arrivals throughout the year

24 You only have one chance to make a first impression Final Thought


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