In September 2013 Reynolds Library welcomed students and faculty back with open houses on the Parham Road and Downtown campus locations. With over 200 hundred attendees, the events were a tremendous hit and attracted both library regulars and newbies. The library took this opportunity to dazzle the college community with library services and new resources. More than one student commented, “The library should do this more often!”
Activities at the events included; a technology petting zoo, a mobile scavenger hunt, bead making, altered books, and hula hoop dancing. Many were thrilled at the chance to use an iPad in our mobile scavenger hunt. Others scanned their first QR code or learned the fundamentals of downloading eBooks to their mobile device. “QR codes are great,” one student told another, “you can get discounts and all sorts of stuff when you scan them.”
Maker spaces were a welcomed edition to the event. At the Altered Book table students marveled that the librarians were actually letting them write on, cut up, tear apart, glue and tape books. At the bead making table, students were equally amazed to see how simple paper could be made into a beautiful piece of jewelry. One young man even made a bracelet for his mother.
One of the greatest take-a-ways from the event, without a doubt, was the opportunity for the college community to provide feedback for the library. Each participant who took a library survey received a free pair of ear buds. Comments included, “I can ask for help and someone comes to my rescue,” and “staff is exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful.” The fact that so many participants remarked on the quality of staff just goes to show that no matter how many new resources and new technologies we provide for our college community, the most valued resource will always be the library staff who are committed to helping faculty and students find the information they need to succeed.