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Library Staff Introduce Freshmen to the Libraries

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    Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Research, Teaching and Learning and Interim Librarian of Harvard College Susan Fliss greeted students as they arrived at Lamont Library for the annual Freshman Open House.
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    Students toured the library as part of the Freshman Open House, which introduced students to the collections and librarians they’re likely to work with in their first year at Harvard.
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    Reference Librarian James Capobianco talked with a student about the collections available at Houghton Library.
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    Students entered a raffle to win prizes that included movie passes, tickets to Boston museums and electronics.

September 13, 2013 – Nearly 500 first-year Harvard students attended the annual Freshman Open House for an introduction to the libraries that included tours, free food and drinks and the chance to meet with librarians one-on-one.

Dozens of staff from throughout Harvard College Library, along with staff from other Harvard libraries, were on hand for the event to highlight library services, help students find their way around, and answer questions.

To encourage students to become familiar with Lamont Library, staff and student workers led tours that highlighted areas like Research Services, the Multimedia Lab, the Language Resource Center, the Collaborative Learning Space and the Ginsberg and Donatelli reading rooms. As an added incentive, students were able to enter a raffle with prizes that included movie passes, tickets to Boston museums and electronics.

In addition to helping students become familiar with the library’s physical spaces, the tours were a chance for students to get acquainted with the collections they are likely to use during the academic year, including Lamont Media, the Woodberry Poetry Room and Farnsworth Room, which houses a collection of leisure reading.

Informational tables were set up in the Collaborative Learning Space on Level B, and staff from other HCL libraries– Cabot, Widener, Houghton, Harvard-Yenching, Loeb Music, Fine Arts, and Tozzer – fielded questions from more than 100 students who visited the room. Tables were also set up to distribute information about online services like Scan and Deliver and VIA, Harvard’s catalog of visual materials. The Bureau of Study Counsel, which offers tutoring services to undergraduates, also set up a table during the event.

Library staff who took part in the open house included: Lynn Ansaldo, Gwang-ho Kim, Robin Carlaw, Tim Driscoll, Michelle Gachette, Pamela Hopkins, Jennifer Pelose, Churchwell Cynthia, Mindy Kent, Michael Leach, Todd Bachmann, Mary Clare Altenhofen, Amanda Bowen, Bill Connor, Nanni Deng, Andras Riedlmayer, Bob Sennett, Ken Peterson, Leila Smith, Sharon Yang, James Capobianco, Jason Clarke, Emily Kelly, Richard Lopez, Kerry Masteller, Liza Vick, Bonnie Burns, Joseph Garver, Jonathan Rosenwasser, John Overholt, Reed Lowrie, Craig Rodgers, Susan Berstler, Julia Starkey, Rebecca Wingfield, Fred Burchsted, Lynn Sayers, Kathleen Sheehan, Ron Lacey, Susan Fliss, Cheryl LaGuardia, Diane Sredl, Paul Worster, Linda DiBenedetto, Caitlin Elwood, Colleen Bryant, Janine Nichipor, John Baldisserotto, Emily Bell, Annie Dang, Enrique Diaz, Anna Esty, Lily Gentner, Susan Gilman, Paul Hanna, Shaquilla Harrigan, Steve Kuehler, Robert Ledniczky, Chris Lenney, Kate Massinger, Hannah Mohd-Amir, Joshua Parker, Marty Schreiner, Sharely Fred Torres, and Hugh Truslow.