How does one shift student orientation from 37 ground campuses to a single 100% online environment in less than a year? With Springshare, of course! We share the theory, goals, mechanics, and lessons learned from rapidly implementing a 3-phase fully online orientation for both new and transfer students drawn from under-served populations with no higher education experience to active duty military to seasoned graduate students. We integrate ideas and information from an orientation committee using LibWizard to create tutorials, quizzes, and communications while presenting key information through fun and engaging designs. Continual engagement and follow-up with committee members are critical to success. Join us to explore ideas and tips from this ongoing project.
John Oyler is the recently retired University Librarian for National American University (NAU). He joined NAU in 2015 as a Campus Librarian and became University Librarian in 2018. John earned a Master of Arts in Information Science & Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri and served as the Public Services Librarian for Saint Paul School of Theology (SPST - Kansas City, MO) for 10 years. He also holds a Master of Theological Studies from SPST with an emphasis in church history. John worked as a Russian linguist and interrogator in the US Army, founded his own wholesale jewelry business and managed a seminary bookstore before becoming an academic librarian in 2004. In retirement, John is learning photography and videography to expand on his interests in video/online learning first kindled in 2007. This project is an outgrowth of this long-term interest.
Marilyn Miller became the sole librarian for National American University when John retired. As such she does it all from answering reference questions from students, staff and faculty to working with the Provost on subscriptions and acquisitions! Not only does she have her MSLS from the University of Tennessee but her BS is in school librarianship. Marilyn’s interests include participating in living history as a frontier army laundress, sewing, draft horses and living with a lap dog named Ros – a Newfoundland dog who just happens to weigh in at 100 pounds!
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