On Thursday, November 30, SUNY Schenectady held its first Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP). Library doors stayed open extra late, and during this well-attended event, students got help from tutors and librarians, met with study groups, worked on papers and homework, and enjoyed free snacks and fun study break activities. Bacon Bits the therapy pig made an appearance, and staff provided yoga, meditation, coloring and other opportunities for fun. The college joined over 100 other schools in the U.S. and around the world that held such an event.
We've tentatively scheduled our next LNAP for April 2018. We'd like to build on the success of the first event, and welcome your participation. Perhaps you’d like to hold a study session for your students during LNAP, or hold office hours in the library that night, or have other ideas how you could help make the event a success for our students. Please contact Siu Ng, Jacquie Keleher, Robyn King, Aubrey Seppa-Hodgkins, or Carrie Buff if you’d like to get involved.
The following is a selection of comments received from students during the event:
“This event was completely worthwhile.”
“Thanks so much to all who were involved in the conceptualization and execution of this event! It would be fantastic to have Long Nights @ the library once or twice a month, if not more frequently! Integrating the late night schedules of our students into the campus community could be so fruitful for academic achievement, as well as retention and graduation rates”
“You guys should do this once a month, it would put me and most of the student body ahead.”
“So nice that you all put this event on for us. The pressure REALLY mounts and the end is close but still far. Everything keeps piling on and it’s nice to be thought of and taken care of for a moment.”
“It was really fun and I was able to use my time efficiently.”
“This was pretty amazing! I never seen an actual pig before this experience.”
“Must do this again.”
Students graduate, but just because they’re out of school doesn’t mean they should stop learning. That’s why trade journals are so useful. They’re a great way to keep up-to-date on trends and issues in the field, as well as job postings, important events, and new products. By learning to use these sources, students develop a habit that can help them for years.
Instructors are in an even better position than librarians are to show students how to use trade journals, because many of you have valuable experience in the field. If you model how to use trade journals your students will learn from your example.
Here are some suggestions for bringing trade publications into your class and using them to teach:
By Anne Matusiewicz, Librarian
Research and Instruction Librarian
In addition to editing the Begley Buzz, I oversee the library's research and instruction services, including Ask Us 24/7 online research help. I can work with you to integrate library content into your in-person or online courses.
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