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Librarians are always looking for inventive ways to engage first year students in Library Orientation programs. In 2017, ACRL released the First Year Experience Cookbook, which included chapters on topics such as how to use social media to engage FYE students and various innovations of the traditional scavenger hunt, among other great ideas. This book showcased how we are looking for new ways to promote active learning of both online and physical resources and to help students understand the importance of the library in their college career at the beginning of their college experience. As early adopters of the Escape Room program, the presenters in this workshop have had a chance to use, assess, and improve the program they are using with their FYE students. In this interactive workshop, the presenters will teach you how to develop an Escape Room game for your library orientation programs, how to assess the effectiveness of your game, and how to continually improve and update it up to keep it fresh for you and the students. They will be bringing their kits and a will have a special LOEX-themed game to give you a chance to “break out” of the traditional and into the innovative world of team-based strategy that has shown to be exceptionally effective at their institution. The presenters will also share the results of their current study of this FYE program. Their current post-instruction survey instrument is comprised of 6 yes/no questions and 2 free-form response questions. With over 150 survey responses to date, preliminary data trends show that over 90% of the students state they have a better understanding of the library and 95% have a better understanding of the library’s website. Over 50% of the student responses to date indicate that the students have retained the ability to name specific website links and specific physical collections within the library.




First Year Instruction, FYE, BreakoutEDU, Escape Room, Information Literacy, Gamification, Freshman, Library Literacy, LOEX


Information Literacy | Library and Information Science

Beyond Reinventing the Library Scavenger Hunt: Teaching Library Literacy to First-Year Experience Students Using an Escape Room



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