Librarians at UC Merced understand the importance of connecting with students early in their freshman year to make them aware of available resources and services.
Up until now, most new students were introduced to the UC Merced Library by way of their Writing 1 courses and live instruction by library staff. With increasing enrollment each year, librarians realized that in-person instruction wouldn’t be sustainable, and they were compelled to come up with an alternative.
After hearing about a successful iPod Touch library orientation created by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, they were inspired to begin looking into producing an iPod library tour for UC Merced students.
Librarians developed video content and prepared a storyboard for the project. Video production was completed almost entirely by library student assistants.
The video tour directs students through the library’s book stacks, self-checkout stations, study rooms and offices.
4 years ago