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Online Submission, Paper presented at the Middle Tennessee University Instructional Technology Conference (14th, Murfreesboro, TN, Mar 29-31, 2009)

Purpose: For many years, the Lupton Library offered a traditional library introduction class to first year students participating in the Freshman Seminar Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 2007, the library applied for and received a campus grant to purchase thirty iPod Touches, along with accompanying hardware and software. The goal was to create library instruction content that would be both engaging and challenging to students. Methodology: As a result, the instruction librarians developed an iPod-based First Year Library Experience program, called the iPod Investigation, designed to familiarize incoming freshmen with the facilities, resources, services and people available to them at the Lupton Library. Results: By incorporating video, music, screen captures, quizzes, and even a bit of gaming, the Lupton Library iPod Investigation transformed the students' initial experience with the academic library. In the first semester, close to 750 incoming freshmen participated in the tour. This article details the program, including: the brainstorming and planning process, the creation of the video, the implementation of the program that meant obtaining buy-in from the Freshman Seminar instructors, and the assessment and evaluation by both students and librarians, with specifics on what we would do differently next time.

Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Instruction, First Year Seminars, College Freshmen, Library Services, Handheld Devices, Librarians, Investigations, Individual Instruction, Technology Uses in Education

Author: Cairns, Virginia; Dean, Toni C.


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