As part of Binghamton University New Student Programs’ Welcome Weekend events, library staff organized a fun, informative self-guided tour for incoming students at Bartle Library. Watch the video below.
Students visited six service “stations” throughout Bartle Library to learn about our services and resources. The stations were:
- Reader Services: learned about our generous borrowing privileges and how to renew books online.
- Research Help and Information Commons: discovered about the many ways to get research help – in-person, by phone or virtually – and about the computing services within the library.
- Library Stacks & Group Study Rooms: watched a demonstration on how to locate a book in the stacks and how to reserve a group study room online.
- Special Collections: learned about our unique, historical documents and rare books, including Civil War letters, late medieval manuscripts, University history, and the oldest book in Broome County, New York.
- Library Instruction Trivia Game: taught students about library resources and services by combining pop-culture and library trivia.
- Course Reserves: viewed a demonstration on how to look up materials assigned by faculty and instructors for their courses.
While all of the stations received positive feedback from students, the most popular were Special Collections and Research Help. A student commented, “I’m really happy I went on this tour because I learned so much about the library.”
Along the tour, students were given free giveaways such as pens, notebooks, earphones, water bottles, USB drives, and more. To add to the enjoyable atmosphere, Baxter the Bearcat interacted with students and library staff throughout the event.
The library offered a raffle to win one of three prizes for students who completed the self-guided tour. The grand prize was a book bag full of cool stuff such as a t-shirt, umbrella, mug, headphones, and more.
The Libraries’ Welcome Weekend event was very successful. As one participant stated, “Fun, informative and a great time overall!”