Libraries welcome students to campus

Boiler Gold Rush photoThe fall semester provided Purdue University Libraries many opportunities to introduce their services and interact with new students and faculty arriving on campus. Libraries faculty and staff participated in a variety of resource fairs and gave an hour-long presentation to new Purdue students about resources and services available in the Purdue Libraries as part of the annual BGR activities. The Libraries’ talk was one of ten presentations to new students from various Purdue units that were organized by Student Success. The Libraries presentation included several short videos of Purdue students who work at the Libraries. In each video a student talked about they how use the Libraries’ spaces, resources and getting help when they need it.

Adding an element of fun, Ilana Stonebraker, assistant professor and Business Information Specialist, created a poll of Buzzfeed style questions that were peppered throughout the presentation. Students were asked things like, what they eat or drink to "fuel" their studying and what soundtrack best describes the last essay they wrote. Their answers determined what type of Boilermaker they are: a) sensitive, b) nonconformist, c) chill, or d) fierce! The "What type of Boilermaker are you?" quiz is available at

Students were welcomed back to campus at a special event celebrating the beginning of a new semester and the completion of the renovation of the main floor of the Hicks Undergraduate Library. The renovation was accomplished through support from the campus facilities award office, the Provost and the Esther Ellis Norton Fund. Students combined eating, picking up mementos, listening to a DJ and playing a variety of board games. A short program was held in which Provost Deba Dutta, Bobby Haddix, Purdue Student Government President, and Libraries representative RaeLynn Boes welcomed students back to campus.

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