Lamont Library Holds Annual Freshman Open House

September 16, 2005 — The annual Lamont Freshman Open House, held September 14, welcomed more than 300 first-years to the library with tours, prize baskets, and food all coordinated around the theme The Great Indoors. The event, held each fall, is designed to acquaint incoming freshmen with library resources and the librarians they are likely to work with during the course of their freshman year at Lamont, Harvard's primary library for undergraduates.

More than 30 members of Lamont's staff, as well as other Harvard College Library and Faculty of Arts and Sciences colleagues, served as meeters-and-greeters, tour guides, food-servers, job recruiters, and advisers. "Many of them noticed throughout the event that this year's invitees were eager consumers of library information and clearly welcomed our encouragement and attention," said Heather Cole, Librarian for the Lamont Library.

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The Annual Lamont Open House welcomed Class of '09 freshmen to the library.   Nancy Schrock, Chief Collections Conservator for HCL, and Lynne Schmeltz, Librarian for the Sciences, hand out pencils, information packets, and maps to students as they came in the door.
 
Raffle drawings were held throughout the event
and nearly 20 students won a variety of prizes, including food baskets and stationery supplies.
  Students enjoyed snacks and drinks in the Reference Room.
Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, greets a freshman in Lamont's lobby.
 
Susan Gilroy, Reference Librarian at Lamont, introduces students to the library's resources in the Reference Room.
Students had a chance to explore Lamont's features for themselves, including the new book section.
 
Heather Cole, Librarian for the Lamont Library, directs a member of the Class of '09.
Kathleen Sheehan explains the online HOLLIS catalog to a student.
Students listened intently to explanations of library online resources.

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