This afternoon I gave a presentation on library services to a group of student residence advisers. I wasn't quite sure what to show them -- my directive was "a sampling of library services that they might find useful." So I made a slide show called "Ten things you (or your residents) might not know about library services." I went really broad, and showed them everything from placing storage requests, to interlibrary loan, to borrowing agreements with other local schools, to EndNote. Since these were sophomores to seniors, I didn't do any of the real basic stuff I might show to first-years, but tried to pick out tips and techniques that students often seem not to know about.
I was anxious about it, because I have a lot of back-to-school work going on this month (we all do!), and I didn't feel I'd done as much preparation as I'd like. Then again, I never do, and I rarely bomb completely.
Everything went great. They were mostly a very outgoing bunch, asked intelligent questions, and kept the session going with some good back-and-forth discussion. They loved EndNote and I got some "whoa"s as I created a bibliography out of thin air. I put in a plug for them to request library programming in their residence halls, took them on a visit to our archives and technology centers, and I dare to think they even enjoyed themselves. A very encouraging way to start the semester's instruction work.