Lamont Welcomes Freshmen with Annual Open House

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Library staff gave tours of the library throughout the afternoon, introducing freshmen to the myriad library resources and answering questions.

The annual Lamont Freshman Open House held last Thursday welcomed more than 400 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 ran continuously throughout the afternoon, guided by staff recruited from across the College Library. Students taking the library tour were handed a "YouGuide," containing Lamont's history, floor plans, and resources, as well as questions that required visiting specific parts of the library to figure out the right answers.

Meanwhile, HCL librarians stationed at the Circulation desk, Morse Music & Media, and 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 additional resources located within Lamont, like the Woodberry Poetry Room and the Language Resource Center.

Students attending the open house received a free keyring light and were encouraged to sign up for the chance to win a prize during one of the afternoon’s hourly raffles. Students who answered all YouGuide questions were also entered into a special raffle at the end of the afternoon. The grand prize included a Sigg water bottle, a "You@Lamont" flash drive, and tickets to the Museum of Science, Aquarium, and local movie theaters.

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Sue Gilroy, Head of Reference Services, and Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, greeted students from the class of 2012, handing out information about the College Library as they came in the door.   Pam Matz, Research Librarian, Widener Library, prepared to lead a tour of freshmen through Lamont.
Popular Print and Popular Medicine: Almanacs and Health Advice in Early America
 
Popular Print and Popular Medicine: Almanacs and Health Advice in Early America
Liza Vick, Music Reference and Research Librarian, Loeb Music Library, and Paul Worster, Morse Music & Media Assistant, Lamont Library, manned the desk in Morse Music & Media.   Ellie Clement, Head of Reference/Research Instruction Liaison for the Sciences in Cabot Library, and a student worker handed out snacks and drinks in the Lamont Cafe.