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Wait? We’re Drawing? Engaging Visual Strategies for First Year Library Orientation

Sep 7, 2023


At the University of Memphis, librarians designed a highly visual lesson to improve first-year students’ knowledge of library spaces. Incorporating research on the relationship between drawing, cognitive engagement, and recall, librarians sent students out to interact and explore the library with a series of guided questions and maps. When students returned, they created a collaborative portrait of the library’s spaces. Presenters will highlight the lesson plan and the reasons behind their unique form of engagement as well as present findings of post-surveys and collaborative portraits collected during the sessions.


Ashley Roach-Freiman, Library Instruction Curriculum Coordinator, University of Memphis

Carl Hess, Undergraduate Success Librarian, University of Memphis

Jessica McClure, Virtual Instruction Librarian, University of Memphis