On a rare sunny but cool June day in Dayton, Ohio, the University of Dayton Libraries staff competed (and excelled in!) the inaugural Library Olympics. Developed by the professional development team, led by Erik Ziedses des Plantes, the day featured journal Jenga, journal toss, cart racing, book balancing, speed sorting and a scavenger hunt that played out on Twitter.
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In today's information landscape, there is no avoiding Wikipedia. Not only is it the largest encyclopedia, but it’s one of the 10 most visited websites in the world. As early as 2011, more than half of the U.S. population was already using Wikipedia for research, according to a Pew Research Center project. A major part of Wikipedia's success is that anyone can contribute to its content.
Each summer, the University of Dayton’s Reunion Weekend offers a “welcome home” to graduates celebrating milestone years. During the weekend, typically held in early June, alumni socialize, network, and explore campus to see how much has changed since they graduated.
On the Saturday of Reunion Weekend, the library hosts a four-hour open house where alumni and their guests can visit the building and reacquaint themselves with the library. Thinking back on some recent open houses, here’s a list of five ways to welcome back alumni.
I have been teaching meditation as part of Yoga in the Library programs for many, many years, including in classes for children. I also teach meditation techniques to staff. Unsurprisingly, library staff are stressed. (I know, right?)
University of Dayton boasts a beautiful 373-acre campus, housing approximately 90 percent of undergrads on campus or in the student neighborhood. In 2015, the Department of Housing and Residence Life implemented a program called Aviate, a nod to Dayton’s aviation history and connection to a student’s journey toward their destination. Aviate provides students with a series of learning goals to master by the time they’re ready to graduate, including authorship, interculturalism, community living and more.