The Cephalonian Experience: how to bring some Greek sunshine to your library orientation Nigel Morgan & Sonja Haerkoenen What do you normally associate with Cephalonia? What is the Cephalonian Method? Unusual technique for library induction / orientation “A glorious fusion of music, color and audience participation which is designed to appeal to the senses whilst engaging the mind” It’s an accepted fact that library orientation is “boring”. So why did we bother revamping our sessions? • Stop students falling asleep • Stop OURSELVES falling asleep • Convey information more effectively • Inject some spontaneity • Encourage attendance at IL sessions We wanted to have a good time!! What qualities did we want our “new-style” orientation to have? • An interactive format – illusion of being “student driven” • Enjoyable to deliver • To present librarians in a favorable light • Humorous & entertaining • Theatrical & attention grabbing We wanted to put on a “show”! Where did we get our inspiration? Hi Finland! Sorry IAnd can’t be with you WHY are you reading out questions today! from those colored cards? The Cephalonian Method explained Basic introductory information Finding reading list items Services and facilities Miscellaneous My Mum has e-mailed me a photo of Miguel, my pet iguana. Where can I print him out? IT room in Biomedical Library IT rooms in Science Library • Microsoft applications • Blackboard & Email Networked printing payment • Laser printing (b&w) 6p per A4 sheet • Colour printing 20p per sheet Help! I’ve missed my 9am lecture - where can I copy my friend’s notes? Self service photocopying • 6p per A4 sheet • 8p per A3 sheet • 20p per A4 sheet (colour) Copyright Law What really irritates us? Eating & drinking Excessive noise Soggy books Loud talkers Theft Mobile phones ! Mobile phones !! Mobile phones !!! What are the advantages of using the C Method? • A good icebreaker • Extremely versatile – large & small groups / different audiences • Encourages creativity • Variety – each session is unique! • Non-linear approach ideal for the web generation • It works! What are the potential pitfalls? • • • • • • • Unpredictable for presenter Lacks “spatial orientation” value Shy students Audibility Color perception issues Preparation time ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! How did the students react to the Cephalonian Method? “Very well presented..loved it….Bravo!” “It was a creative way of introducing the library. Student’s participation was a smart idea!” “It was a bit weird” / “It was funny” “It was divine” / “It was bangin’ “ “Captivating” “Loved the jokes” “Who’s the guy in the photos? Can I have his phone number? I want to date him” “Did you think that this session provided an effective introduction to the library?” Year Year1 1Medicine Medicine 2003-2007 2002-2008 2500 2041 2000 1500 Number of students 1000 500 4 36 0 Yes Yes No Don’t Know No Don't Know 98.1% 0.2% 1.7% “Do you think it will be beneficial to attend the next IL session?” 321 97 1600 Year 1 Medicine 2003-2008 Yes No Don’t Know 79% 5% 16% How and why can you incorporate music and what did we choose? • Creates mood & atmosphere • Use at start, finish or during activities • An aid to learning – “Mozart effect” (Don Campbell, 1997) • Effect on biorhythms • Students like it! We like it! ….. and what did we choose? Santana / Latin American classical guitar Talking Heads Paul Weller Goldberg Variations - J.S. Bach Sarah Brightman Kate Bush New Age / Birdsong The Who Who else has used the Method and how successful has it been? 30+ UK Universities Including: University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of East London Imperial College London University of Leeds Manchester Metropolitan Uni Leeds Metropolitan Uni University of Leicester Loughborough Uni Manchester Metropolitan Uni University of Southampton 20+ Further Education Colleges (16-18 years) School Libraries Health Service Libraries Institute of Development Studies, UK. Also featured in curricula for library degree courses! Who else has used the Method and how successful has it been? International: Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium Universitaetsbibliothek Wuerzburg, Germany Redcliffe/Caboolture Health Service District Library, Queensland, Australia Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland Finland ?? United States: Emory University, Atlanta, GA Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, IL University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, IL Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME Camden County College, NJ College of New Jersey, NJ Kent State Libraries, OH Southwestern Oklahoma State University, OK Mt Hood Community College,OR Crichton College, Memphis, TN Faint o lyfrau gallaf eu benthyca? • • Israddedigion ac Ôl-raddedigion Hyfforddedig: 12 eitem am bythefnos Gellir benthyg llyfrau poblogaidd, fel y rhai sydd ar restrau darllen am gyfnod byrrach e.e. 24 awr neu 3 diwrnod Cofiwch y bydd angen eich Cerdyn Llyfrgell/Mynediad arnoch i fenthyca llyfrau!! 25 Quand peut-on avoir accès à la bibliothèque? Du lundi au jeudi: de 8h00 à 18h Le vendredi: de 8h00 à 17h Pendant les vacances: de 9h à 16h How to print your Polar Bear • We have drop-in IT facilities in the Learning Centre, G17, and the silent study room (L32). • All machines are attached to black and white printers. • At the start of term you have £20 worth of print credit, black and white prints cost 6p each, colour prints cost 75p. • Make sure you choose the correct printer! If you sent a black and white print to the colour printer you will still be charged 75p. How can I keep in touch? I want to send a photo of my pet gerbil, Derek, on the Karaoke to my friend. Can I email it? Comments from librarians “I invited the Dean of Faculty. He described it as ‘pedagogically practised and polished’” (Maria Bennett, University of Derby) “We got applause at the end of the session instead of the usual glum faces” (Mary Edwards Otter, University of Leicester) “It saved us from dying of boredom” (Hilary McKenzie, Cardinal Wiseman High School) “It engages them in a way that a straight presentation cannot” (Peter Godwin, University of Bedfordshire) In what ways can the Cephalonian Method be adapted and varied? • Incorporated into library tours (use of color zones) • Treasure hunts • Students write their own questions • Combined with “clickers” technology • Prizes / incentives • Quiz / game show formats • Use of video We hope you enjoyed your visit to Cephalonia! Finally…are there any other questions you would like to ask?
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