Usually during the summer, things are a lot quieter at the library. There are fewer students on campus and the classes that are offered tend not to be too terribly research or IL heavy. This allows the librarians and staff to do a variety of tasks to plan and prepare for the fall. Beyond weeding, meeting with faculty to prep fall classes, collection development, end of the year statistics, and reviewing/revamping our video tutorials (among other things), I wanted to tap into the energy from Summer Reading Programs at public libraries to see if we couldn't get something to help continue to build community (and increase interest in our new leisure collection), and also bring new populations into the library--because one group I realized I didn't see much of was campus staff.
I put together a calendar, a list of prizes (mostly small, inexpensive things), created a few signs, and sent out an email to staff, faculty, and students (and even spouses/partners could participate).
Here’s the info. flyer:
It has also helped me with my librarian duties by building connections around campus, helping get the word out that we have “fun books” at the library too, and it helps me visit with those faculty who do participate to see what their classes are looking like for the fall, hear about any questions they may have, and assist them.
Another bonus: on all of the prize entry slips I have them indicate whether the book is from our library and (if not) whether they would recommend we purchase it for our collection. This is going to come in very handy when I go to work on preparing the leisure collection desiderata. (Below are some photos from a few of our events.)
How do you build connections around campus and how do your non-faculty relationships help you with your library duties & instruction? What fun summer programming or activities do you do?