Where do you start? If you've never done programming before or trying to grow your program, this may seem overwhelming, so here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Schedule your events when you have the most students on campus. I've found that 11 AM - 1 PM is the best time to engage students.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are the best days for events. If an event is on Monday, students forget about it over the weekend, but if you put an event later in the week, you can use Monday to remind students about your event. There aren't as many students on campus on Fridays.
Library outreach goes beyond getting students into the library. Sure, we have great resources. Research shows that if students use the library resources and work with librarians that they will get higher grades and persist in college (Oliveira, 2018), but the library can be so much more, and librarians can have a greater impact!
Librarians are faculty, and faculty teach. Librarians are in the unique situation with expanded opportunities to teach and fill in the gaps of student knowledge and abilities, and in doing so, we can help increase student retention, perseverance and "grit".
It depends on where you are in your library outreach and always starts with what you want to accomplish in your library. If you're a veteran event planner, jump in anywhere, but if you're just starting out, start by reading this page and moving towards "Quick and Easy" events as well as "Workshops".
While you don't have to have a student group to do library outreach, there are benefits to having one.
Here are some ideas for marketing your events:
There are some additional supplies that you may need on a regular basis, and some of them can be easily found at a dollar store.
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