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First-year students face many challenges in adjusting to university life, including making the most of the university library. Librarians are constantly addressing student misconceptions about libraries and locating information, and have been working hard to reach first-year students and create high-impact practices in student retention.

The First-Year Experience Cookbook provides librarians with a series of innovative approaches to teaching and assessing information literacy skills during a student's first year. Featuring four chapters—Library Orientation, Library Instruction, Programs, and Assessment—and more than 60 practical, easy-to-implement recipes, this book compiles lessons and techniques for you to adapt, repurpose, and implement in your libraries.

This Cookbook is essential for all academic and school librarians looking for ideas on how to infuse the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in their first-year courses and instruction; design and assess effective services and programs; and engage and retain students.





A. General Orientations




How Sweet it is! Making Library Orientations Palatable Again with Library Mythbusters
Chapel D. Cowden

Find Your #FlatLibrarian: Using an Instagram Photo Booth to Introduce Students to Subject-Specialist Liaison Librarians
Elizabeth Rugan Shepard

The Magnificent Library Race
Katherine O'Clair

A Spoonful of Sugar: Using Instagram and Kahoot to Sweeten Library Orientation
Elizabeth Marcus

Plateau de Fruits de Bibliothèque: A Pictorial Scavenger Hunt Appetizer for Up-Close Students (Incoming Students)
Leila June Rod-Welch

Twitterbird Cake: A Tweet-a-licious Scavenger Hunt
Amanda Kraft

Progressive Three-Course Meal for Library Orientation
Jacalyn Bryan and Elana Karshmer

B. Special Orientations



Camera Rolls: ESOL Student Library Orientation
Joy Oehlers

Making Zines: Content Creation with First-year and Transfer Students
Nick Ferreira and Mackenzie Salisbury

Cognition Connection: Student Mapping of the Library Experience
Marissa Mourer

Cooking up the Cephalonian Method for Honors Orientation
Brenda Yates Habich

In the Test Kitchen with International Students: Decoding Research Terminology, Concepts, and Tools
Kelly Cannon, Rachel Hamelers, and Jennifer Jarson




A. General FYE Instruction



Bite-Sized Wikipedia Editing Assignment
Lindsay McNiff

Ruminating on Metadata: Deconstructed Database with Twitter Feed and Fluid Comparison
Jessica Denke

A Melting Pot of Fondue: Embedding a Librarian into a FYE Course
Kyrille Goldbeck DeBose

Spoiling Their Dinner: Using Candy to Incentivize Active Learning for Multiple Learning Styles
Rebecca Johnson and Edita Sicken

Plagiarism Awareness for First-Year Students
Nancy Noe

Scholars in Training: Solving the Mystery
Jenny Yap and Sonia Robles

Apple Slices: A Card-Matching Party Game about the Library
Kelly Giles, Kristen Shuyler, Andrew Evans, and Jonathan Reed

Writer: Party of Two
Amanda B. Albert

Top Secret Recipes: Internet Search Hacks Every Student Researcher Should Know
Amanda Foster

Better Ingredients. Better Papers.
Jackie AlSaffar

#Candy: Creating Categories to Introduce Search Strategies
Elise Ferer and Kayla Birt Flegal

Grilling Sources for Information: Determining which Ingredients Are Best
Heather Snapp

Google Bytes: Chowing Down on the One-Shot Information Literacy Session for First-Year Students
Carly Lamphere

A Reserved Table for First-Generation Students
Neal Baker and Jane Marie Pinzino

Database Dash
Amy Gratz

Indulging in Infographics: Research Presentations for First-Year Students
Myra Waddell

B. First Year Discipline-Based Instruction



From Prep to Delivery: Peer Instruction for First-Year Business Students
Teresa Williams

Chefs Academy: Creating a Scenario-based Activity for First-Year Engineering Students
Chris Langer

This Wine Tastes Like CRAAP!
Lee Ann Fullington

The First Taste is Always with the Eyes: Using Visual Cues to Teach Search Strategies
Christina E. Dent

From Potato Chips to Vegetables: Embedded Instruction in a General Biology Classroom
Alyson Gamble and Tammera Race

Blind Taste Test: Helping First-Year STEM Students Understand "Information Creation as a Process"
Adrienne Button Harmer, Bethany Havas, Patti Lee, and David Minchew




A. First Year Experience Programming



Ready Player, Ready Research: A Common Reader Caper
Jamie Addy

Superstition Speak Easy: A Library First-Year Experience Event
Barbara E. Eshbach

Who's the Boss? Getting Students to Understand Authority in an Academic Context
Stephanie Gamble and Sofia Leung

DIY the FYE with Zines: Two Mini Morsel Recipes
Erika Montenegro and Cynthia Mari Orozco

The Perfect Fondue: Partnering Advising and Libraries
Ashlyn H. Anderson, Donna E. Coghill, and Shajuana Isom-Payne

B. Library Programming



Cooking with the STARs (Science, Technology, and Research) Early College High School Program
Matthew Harrick

Serving Those Who Served: Outreach for Student Veterans
Nancy Fawley

Nothing Beats Home Cooking! Programming for First-Year International Students
Joi Jackson

College Bookworms: Leisure Book Clubs in Academic Libraries
Charissa Powell

Locally Sourced Materials: Primary Sources Pulled from the Archival Garden
Erin Passehl-Stoddart

Cooking on High with Early College and Dual-Enrollment Programs
Jolene Cole

Informed Leadership Fusion
Elizabeth Ponder and Emily Row Prevost

Rolling Through the Library
Judy Geczi

A Steaming Bowl of Stone Soup: Offering a Feast on a Budget
Sarah Copeland and Becca Decker

Chavez Ravine: Reshaping the City of Los Angeles
Veronica Ciocia and Thomas Philo

May I Take Your Order? Student Library Advisory Group
Beth Daniel Lindsay

Collaboration with Undergraduate Research Office to Create "Join the Research Conversation" Workshop
Elizabeth L. Black




A. Instructional Assessment



How Was Your Meal? Post-instruction Assessment of FY Classes
Donna E. Coghill, Jennifer A. Stout, and Rachel A. McCaskill

Infographic Pie Judging in a Science FYS
Sarah Oelker and Katherine Aidala

Whetting the Intellect with Sources: Considering the Continuum of Information Sources
Jennie E. Callas

Culinary Fusion: Integrating Information Literacy into a General Education Menu using the LEAP Toolkit
Laura Baker

Practicing Peer Review
Christina Heady and Joshua Vossler

B. First Year Experience Assessment



We All Read the Same Book: Assessing the Impact of the Common Reader
Jenny Harris and Jamie Addy

Taste Testing for Two: Using Formative and Summative Assessment
Elisa Slater Acosta and Katherine Donaldson

Setting the Table: Using Ethnographic Methods to Understand First-Year Students
Ilka Datig

Season to Taste: Using Citation Analysis and Focus Groups to Assess First-Year Student Research Papers
Ilka Datig

The Ingredients for Assessing a Personal Librarian Program for First-Year Students
Eric Resnis and Jennifer Natale

First-Year Student Ceviche: Turning Raw Ingredients into a Spicy Dish
Corrine Syster and Allyson Valentine


Raymond Pun

Raymond Pun is a librarian in the Bay Area, CA. He is an active member of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). Along with Laurie Bridges and Roberto Arteaga, he is a co-editor of Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project (published by Maize Books, an imprint of Michigan Publishing).

Meggan Houlihan

Meggan Houlihan is the director of the Open Society University Network (OSUN) library resources program, where she provides creative leadership for instruction, outreach, and collections efforts for the organization. She directs the OSUN open educational resource program where she works to promote diversity, representation, and open pedagogy. Prior to her role at OSUN, Meggan served in leadership roles at Colorado State University, New York University Abu Dhabi, and the American University in Cairo. Her research interests include information literacy, international students, and the use of evidence synthesis methods in LIS. Meggan has a BA in history from Eastern Illinois University, a MA in modern history from the University of Reading (UK), and an MLS from Indiana University.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship.