The University of Dayton Libraries wanted to find a fun way to introduce incoming first-year students to our leisure reading collection, a rotating collection of current popular fiction and non-fiction titles. We developed a quick and easy game that had students guessing popular book titles based on sequences of emojis. (View a sampling of Book Emoji puzzles under Attachments at right.)
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For librarians working at colleges and universities, the end of the summer signals the inevitable approach of a wave of new faces. No, not students. It's time to meet the new faculty hires!
At Loyola Marymount University, every August has brought as many as 40 to 60 new full-time faculty from across the campus's six academic colleges. Orientation for new faculty occurs during the weeks leading up to the start of the fall semester. For the past few years, this three-day event has included a tour and reception hosted by the William H. Hannon Library.
Like many libraries, the University of Dayton Libraries has worked to implement a fast, informative and fun orientation activity to replace the traditional library tour. We started with a scripted, librarian-led tour and scavenger hunt with clues posted around the library. However, this format required both librarian time and a lot of that awkward, backward walking that tour guides do. The scavenger hunt's clues, though clever, required set-up and tear-down time.