28 March 2006


Here’s a great idea for a library orientation for a college or high school, courtesy of Prudence Morris, formerly at Blinn College, a two-year school in Brenham, Texas.

Her colleague, Eugenia Hall wrote, “at a ‘fair” type setting last year, we had some Sherlock Holmes decorations, and students who visited our table were given clue cards with the title and author of one of our books as well as a handout with brief instructions for searching our online catalog for the book. After finding the book’s call number in our catalog and locating the book on the shelf, they would find a coupon for free food from local fast food restaurants or money-off coupons from other local businesses which we had placed in the book’s date due card pocket. It was a great way to get students into the library as well as introduce them to the library catalog. The students seemed to enjoy it a lot!

Thanks to Jill Stover for calling this to my attention to this on her blog, Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book.

Blinn College Library: http://www.blinn.edu/library/
Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book: http://librarymarketing.blogspot.com/

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