Picture Perfect: Transforming the Library Tour with Instagram

Date(s) - 09/30/2016
All Day



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You’ve seen the blank stares, yawning, and texting. Students must be thinking, “When will I ever use these resources?” “Why should I care?” You need a creative way to orient folks to your library. Look no further!

To enhance the undergraduate experience at Western Carolina University, members of Hunter Library’s research and instruction team sought a new way to introduce students to the library. Librarians explored alternatives to traditional tours and found that some libraries were using Instagram. In summer 2014, an Instagram self-tour pilot was launched. Students were given a specific task and asked to post their findings on Instagram. Photos were then shared and discussed with librarian input.

Attendees will discover how Instagram can be used in library orientations as well as learn how to plan, promote, implement, and assess these tours in their libraries. Though presented from an academic library perspective, the Instagram tour principles can apply to any library setting.

Instructor Bio ~ Elizabeth Marcus
Elizabeth Marcus is the Undergraduate Experience Librarian at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. She earned a Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University. She is especially interested in the first-year student experience in academic libraries and mentors a first-generation college student at WCU.



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