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My Library Packet: For Faculty

My Library Packet
Library & Research Orientation Activities

  • There are 4 library orientation activities in the FYE My Library Packet. They are presented here in recommended order. For a list of alternative or additional library activities visit our Tutorials & Activities page.

  • The student-facing My Library Packet page is here

  • The introduction page for each activity has learning objectives and instructions. 

  • Each activity is self-guided. In-class reflection/discussion is strongly encouraged. 

  • It is recommended that you contact Ellen Peterson before you assign the FYE Library Packet to your students. She can help with classroom implementation and further instructions. Ellen can provide alternative activities for those students who have already completed the packet.
  • Each packet captures student answers and tracking data. When you are ready to view your student data, please ask Ellen for your student, class, or course data.

1) Mobile Scavenger Hunt

Introduces students to the physical library - library spaces, services and people. 

Fun Stat (Fall 2017): 25% of the participants indicated they had never been inside the library before.


2) Library Online Scavenger Hunt

Introduces students to the library website (the digital library) and all that it has to offer. Students learn to perform strategic tasks within core databases and search systems. 

Fun Stat (Fall 2017): Upon completion, 95% of all participants indicated that they felt Comfortable or Very Comfortable using the library website.

Objectives: By the end of this tutorial students will be able to:

  • identify a variety of search options from the library homepage.
  • select different databases to search.
  • search and retrieve items from the library catalog and article databases.
  • recognize the different help tools available from the library homepage.


3) How to Spot Fake News Tutorial

Introduces students to source evaluation strategies for identifying and working with fake news online. 

NOTE: An extended version of this module is available that includes a practice session for students at the end. This extended version is called How to Spot Fake News - Deep Dive and is available here


Objectives: By the end of this tutorial students will be able to:

  • identify the characteristics for fake and real news
  • evaluate whether a source is fake
  • differentiate between types of fake news
  • consider how their own biases affect their ability to reason  
  • recognize their responsibility in the spread of information 


4) Introduction to Academic Research

Introduces students to various aspects of academic research, including the student's role in scholarly communication, "21st Century" source evaluation, and using information strategically and responsibly.

Objectives: By the end of this tutorial students will be able to:

  • identify strategies for using information strategically and responsibly 
  • recognize your role in scholarly communication
  • explore 'post-truth' source evaluation techniques