Any of our regular Residence Life programs are available for First-Year Focus groups. See the "Residence Life" tab for more details.
In addition, we also offer programs targeted for first-year students, and can incorporate the Common Reading.
Class-specific Library Scavenger Hunt
Similar to the standard Amazing Race, this is adapted to fit into a 50 or 75 minute class, and can be designed to fit the research needs of the class. Students will learn to locate materials in the Library and online, and we will work with you to design a race that will highlight materials and resources relevant for the research your class is doing. Works best as a competition between groups.
Class Library Tour
Want to give your class an intro to the Holland/Terrell Libraries physical collections, study spaces, and helpful resources? Schedule a tour! Your class will be led through the different areas of Holland and Terrell, learning where to find books, magazines, journals, government documents, microforms, and more. Let us know what areas will be most helpful for your students to become familiar with, so we can make sure to highlight them.
Library Instruction Session
Being able to find, use, and share information in today's info-saturated world is a skill, and one that takes practice. For many first-year students, doing academic research is a completely new concept, and a library the size of WSU's can be intimidating. Schedule a day (or two!) for your students to visit the Libraries and learn how to get started with academic research. From choosing a database and finding articles, to searching for books, to evaluating information sources, we can help prepare your students for the strange new world of doing research in college.
Studies show that students are more engaged and active when their instructor is present. Please plan to attend the class or activity with your students.