Lamont Welcomes Freshmen with Annual Open House

September 19, 2006 - The annual Lamont Freshman Open House held last week welcomed first-years to the library with tours, raffle prizes, and food in an all-afternoon event coordinated around the theme Ask Us! Members of Lamont's staff, as well as HCL and FAS colleagues, served as meeters-and-greeters, tour guides, and advisers.

Adopting a new format for its open house, Lamont reinvented itself as "The Boardwalk," and featured a long trail of stations staffed by HCL librarians ready to demonstrate basic library resources for students considering study and concentration in the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

Oversized posters in the Lamont lobby announced "Ask Us on the Boardwalk" and listed where students could go to find more information about resources in a given subject area. The public workstations in the alcoves were put to good use by librarians demonstrating resources for languages, literatures, and history, among others, while the Ginsberg Reading Room (a.k.a. "Boardwalk South") had been set up to demo resources in social sciences like psychology, government, economics, and more. Resources for history of art and architecture, music, and film studies were explained by librarians in Morse Music & Media downstairs on Level 2 (a.k.a. "Under the Boardwalk").

In further keeping with the day's theme, Lamont librarians also wore pins encouraging students to "Ask Us!"

Lamont Cataloger Danielle Adams was stationed near the door to pass out miniature yellow flashlights and to point freshmen in the right direction.   Students took the "Boardwalk" tour, which included individual stations staffed by librarians who demonstrated and discussed basic library resources in the various disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences.
Reference Assistant Steve Kuehler greeted a member of the class of 2010 in Lamont's lobby.   Representatives from Harvard's Bureau of Study Counsel attended the open house to advise students and hand out information about their services.
Linda Collins, Head of Access Services in Lamont, took a moment to talk to students at the Circulation Desk.   Students lined up to put in their names for the Lamont Open House raffle. Prizes included movie tickets and baskets filled with stationery supplies.
The raffle drawings were held throughout the afternoon, with Heather Cole, Librarian of the Lamont Library, officiating.   Cheryl LaGuardia, Reference Librarian, and Joe Bourneuf, Head of Reference in Widener, talked one-on-one with freshmen.
David Cobb, Curator of the Harvard Map Collection, spoke to individuals as well the guided tours about the map collection.   Diane Sredl, Data Reference Librarian, and Meghan Dolan, Head of Numeric Data Services, were on hand from Littauer with information about Economics and Numeric Data Services.
Students could also sign up to receive email from Lamont Library that includes library announcements, research tips, and workshop information.    


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