Extended Orientation Seminar
- 1 Extended Orientation Seminar Course Description
- 2 Approaches at Different Institutions
- 2.1 Bowling Green State University
- 2.2 Ohio University
- 2.3 Abilene Christian University
- 2.4 Niagara University
Extended Orientation Seminar Course Description
"Sometimes called a freshman orientation, college survival, college transition, or student success course. Content likely will include introduction to campus resources, time managment, academic and career planning, learning strategies, and an introduction to student development issues."
Approaches at Different Institutions
Bowling Green State University
BGSU: 4+/pub/med// Contact: Colleen Boff
BGSU First Year Initiatives
Instructors for this course can choose from a variety of library resources designed specifically for this course. These activities are either lead by the instructor or designed to be self-directed learning experiences that the student completes on their own outside of class time.
Ohio University: 4+/pub/lge // Contact: Sherri Saines
It's Not All on Google: the library Experience
This Library Experience teaches students that "Everything is Not On Google" in an online interactive tutorial. This takes about 45 minutes to work through. This hasn"t been updated since 2006, but the concept is still good.
FindOUt First: New Sudents' Blog
A resource blog for First Year students, tied to the FYE classes. Each week's topic is a category, and during the fall term we add a new entry weekly for the current topic. The rest of the year, we just add things as they occur.
Audio Tours of Alden Library
The MP3 Audio Tour allows students to take a walking tour of the library on their own schedule. Students download these MP3 files onto their player and then walk around the library, like a museum tour, learning about places and services. We offered this to the FYE seminars rather than have librarians do hundreds of tours. This offers, at the very least, the common experience of walking the library. These tours are available in the voice of a librarian as well as several languages (Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, etc.) The downside is you must keep them up-to-date with changes in the library, even if the original tour guide has graduated!
Abilene Christian University
Abeline Christian University: 4+/priv/sm // Contact: Laura Baker
Article: Library Instruction in the Rearview Mirror
Baker, Laura. "Library Instruction in the Rearview Mirror: A Reflective Look at the Evolution of a First-Year library Program Using Evidence-Based Practice." College and Undergraduate Libraries, Vol 13. No 2. 2006. pp. 1-20. doi: 10.1300/J106v13n02_01 
Ms. Baker chronicles the evolution of ACU's FYE approaches from a scavenger hunt to research skills instruction to an embedded research unit. Each year the library tried, evaluated, and adapted until they could prove students were actually improving their information literacy skills. Approx 1,00 students go through this program every fall. Includes a particularly good bibliography.
Niagara University: 4+/priv/sm // contact: David Schoen
Article: Launching the Library Mystery Tour
Kristine Kasbohm, David Schoen, Michelle Dubaj. Launching the Library Mystery Tour A Library Component for the "First-Year Experience". College & Undergraduate Libraries. Vol. 13. No: 2. 2006. pp.35-46. doi:10.1300/J106v13n02_03