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Library information literacy is a crucial skill for first-year students. Familiarizing students with subject librarians, item locations, and basic search skills helps reduce library anxiety and combat imposter syndrome. Our library is in its third year of using escapes rooms that teach the basics of navigating the digital and physical library. This activity requires critical thinking and creative problem solving in a team environment. We have assessment data showing extraordinary retention of information learned during the game. This presentation will cover our various escape games and provide information on how to adapt escape rooms for your community.

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Washington, D.C.


escape room, breakout, breakoutedu, first-year experience, FYE


Information Literacy | Library and Information Science

Utilizing an Escape Room Game to Reduce Library Anxiety



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