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Plotting Sessions

As the fall semester approaches (too quickly, for some) the library & learning commons staff are beginning to plan. It’s never quite safe when the librarians plan…but it’s happening all the same. This year, in a small change of pace, we’re looking for ways to reach out to our campus and community. We want to be more directly involved in your education and entertainment. So…this post is all about some of the ideas being tossed around as we plot.

Completely Infallible and Fantastic Ideas

  • Bring gaming to the library! All kinds of games. Chess and Checkers to Risk and Settlers of Catan. Also, host maker nights for games…create your own game and play it sorts of events.
  • Speed Book Dating or Blind Date w/ a Book evenings. We’ll break out the comfy chairs and maybe a bean bag or two while you and your peers meet some new books. Books will be from the library and from the participants, covered, and have a dating profile styled description. Pick your “match” and sit and read for a bit.
  • Movie night. Pretty self explanatory, eh?
  • Video making contests w/viewing parties. The first of these would be for Halloween. We’ll want you and anyone else you’d like to include to make a halloween video (appropriate of course), submit it to us in some format tba and we’ll have a viewing party to pick a winner. Prizes are also tba.
  • Read In events. As many activists do “sit-in’s”, we may host a read-in event to support reading or banned books week or some such literary holiday.
  • Technology and Researching workshops. We’re adding new technology as fast as we can and trying to keep new and shiny things available to the Avila campus. We are considering hosting workshops in the library on how to use/do certain things. Specifically the video making equipment and software we’re adding to the “yet to be named” presentation room.
  • Scavenger hunts. If we do this, we’re hoping more to participate in a campus wide event. You’d be searching for library artifacts, photographing them, and submitting them to some location.
  • Arts and Crafts time. Everyone like this part of school, yeah? You got to play with scissors and glue and markers and crayons. It’ll be just the same but a little more library or book related. In the spring we put out coloring sheets and crayons & markers for you guys to play with. Some were definitely enthused, more were either unaware, didn’t care, or were too busy cramming. We’d like to do this some more, and build on it.
  • Book Club. Yep, a literal book club where we pick a book, everyone reads it, and we discuss.
  • Webcasts, webinars, and Tweetchats. A wide range of topics from pop culture to how to use the computers. We’re going to try to be all over the internet trying to be of use to the Avila population.

Do any of these ideas sound like something you would be interested in? Is there something you would like to see on this list? Are any of these ideas so lame you want to facepalm with a brick? Please let us know! We’re looking for feedback from the community as a whole to make YOUR library a place you enjoy and want to be. 🙂

 

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Getting Organized…Like a Boss

As the semester starts up, I’m sure many of you are prepping for your new classes. For those of you who are new to the game or maybe had a “rough” Fall semester, sometimes being (and staying) organized will help you succeed. Here are some tips from around the web on how to get and stay organized in college!

  • Remember that no one is there to remind you to do your homework, study, pay bills, wake you up, etc. You are responsible for your own success.

  • Create a time management system that works for you.

  • Get a planner, a good one (not one of those puny 4” monthly planner booklets). Write down all important dates & times (work schedule, class times, due dates, tests, etc.). If its a really big planner, schedule your day by the hour and be sure to add in time for sleep, studying, free time, eating, and basic functions (showering, bathroom, etc.). But…be sure to remain flexible in case of emergencies or special events.

  • Color code your life. For some people, myself included, having different tasks written or high-lit in a specific color helps to keep me organized/on task. Think about different colors for different tasks or maybe go with the stoplight motif.

  • Keep your classes separate: Get folders or binders for each class (go even further and use corresponding colors from your scheduling for the folder color) and keep all notes, handouts, etc. in that folder. Try to keep things in chronological order.

  • Put things away in specific spots when you are finished with them (like keys, phone, etc.) so you always know where they are.

  • Carry a backpack/large bag and keep specific items in them at all times. Have spare pens, paper, blue books, flashdrive, etc. on hand and easy to find always in this bag.

  • Invest in a big desk calendar–write down all important dates & times.

  • Use a whiteboard & dry erase markers. Write down all upcoming important dates & times or course work that is due (color code if that helps you) and erase as they are completed or passed.

  • Take a trip to the dollar store for desk organization items. Keeping your workspace organized will help you stay on task.

  • Go through “something” once a week. Clean out a drawer, empty your purse, etc. Sometimes you’ll find missing things or realize you’ve missed an assignment! If nothing else, this will help you keep your space organized for longer if you are a messy person (like me).

  • Plan in advance. Yes, that paper isn’t due until May, but it might be a good plan to have it written down somewhere so it stays in your mind.

  • Take a stapler to class (or a hole punch). This will allow you to keep materials together from each days class. Three hole punch will let you toss it in a folder or binder immediately.

  • Create routines. Having a morning routine could help non-morning people stay on task in their haze.

  • Sticky notes! Have to read a specific chapter, put a sticky note in at the beginning of the required reading with the date it must be finished. You could color code this too (red for NOW – green for “ you have time”).

Organizing is different for everyone, and not every technique works for every person. These are just some basic ideas to keep you on track during the semester. Perhaps having a clear picture of your semester written down will help you avoid the end of semester crunch/crash. Good luck in this new semester! If you need any help staying on track, you are welcome to visit the library. We can sometimes be very helpful! 🙂

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