Lamont Welcomes Freshmen with Annual Open House

– The annual Lamont Freshman Open House held last Thursday welcomed more than 320 first-years to the library with tours, raffle prizes, and food in an all-afternoon event coordinated around the theme You@Lamont. Members of Lamont's staff, as well as HCL and FAS colleagues, served as meeters-and-greeters, tour guides, and advisers. Student greeters were also on hand in the Lamont lobby to welcome their fellow undergraduates.

The popular library tours, dubbed the "YouTour" in keeping with the afternoon’s theme, ran continuously throughout the afternoon, guided by staff recruited from across the College Library. Meanwhile, HCL librarians stationed at the Circulation desk, Morse Music & Media, and the newly opened Research Services at Lamont answered questions, discussed library resources, and provided information about the many services available to Harvard students at Lamont. The event also gave freshmen the opportunity to learn about the Social Sciences Program, Woodberry Poetry Room, and the Language Resource Center.

Students attending the open house received the giveaway item of a Lamont-branded USB key as well as the chance to win a prize during one of the afternoon’s hourly raffles.

Lamont employees greeting students   Quad employee entering student in raffles
Sue Gilroy, Head of Reference Services, and Steve Kuehler, Library Assistant, greeted a member of the class of 2011 in Lamont's lobby.   Emily Kelly, Quad Library Evening Coordinator, assisted freshman in entering the hourly raffles.
Food and beverages available in the cafe
Prize giveaways
Lamont student employees Ali Ahmed and Roxanne Fequiere handed out food and beverages in the Lamont Cafe.   This year's theme was You@Lamont. Raffle prizes included the event's theme-branded USB flash drive.
Informational materials    
Library Assistant Gwang-Ho Kim assembled and handed out informational materials on the libraries to students.