Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Strange and unusual footprints sighted @ Davis Library

Could there be a monster on the loose?!  

That’s the question our new students here at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College are trying to answer as they complete this year’s library orientation activity.

Deborah Thompson, Circulation Associate talks about Davis Library to incoming freshman
Each year Deborah Thompson, Circulation Associate at the Davis Library meets with each Freshman Success (also known as LA101) class offered on the Main Campus to talk with them about our library resources and services. 

To follow-up her presentation, students participate in a scavenger hunt to help get them acquainted with Davis Library’s layout as well as key resources and services we provide that are important to their academic success.

Last year, we tried something new by taking an “Alice in Wonderland” themed game-like approach to the hunt, which proved popular with students.

To keep things fresh, we revamped the exercise a bit.  A “Monster Quest” theme is now being utilized for this self-guided tour and puzzle game.

Adding to the fun and in hopes of making our full-time library staff more approachable our employees have taken on some famous “Monster Hunter” personas.

LA101 Students (right to left): Brittney Baisden, Jessica Northup, Kate Mollett, and Josh Scott working hard to complete the Monster Quest @ Davis Library

See the links below to get a better idea of how we’re using storytelling and low-tech gamification techniques to engage student learning—turning what used to be a hum-drum assignment into something more interesting and memorable. (We hope!)

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So… is there a really monster lurking somewhere in the library?  Come play along and see what you find out!

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to… “Ask Us!

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