At a time when universities and colleges are placing emphasis on the first-year experience, there has been an effort on the part of the libraries to address this audience with a customized approach. Involvement with academic orientation programs is one method of reaching these first year students, and as one step the Wayne State University Library System has established a presence in the university’s iStart program (http://www.istart.wayne.edu/). In the large environment of a research university with over 30,000 students, technology has also been employed as an efficient way to establish a connection between first year students and the library. As one response the Wayne State University Library System created a webpage designed with the needs of the first-year student in mind (http://www.lib.wayne.edu/fye/). This gateway, which supports the University’s First Year Experience program, provides a “one-stop shopping” environment for beginning students by bringing together library information and resources with university-wide services.
This presentation was given at the ALA Annual 2009 National Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Library and Information Science
Arnold, Judith M. and Croatt-Moore, Carrie F., "First-Year Student Initiatives at an Urban Research University" (2009). Library Scholarly Publications. Paper 6.