97 SPEC Kit 361: Outreach and Engagement campus community centre. Participants were invited to partake in family-friendly activities, browse the collection of seeds and books, and take seeds to start their gardens. Though open to everyone, the expected audience was people who live on campus. Approval came from branch heads. Budget from University Neighbourhood Association UTown Grant for two events totaling $800. The event was planned and staffed by the two UBC librarians who implemented the Seed Lending Library branch collections, as well as other liaison librarians and library staff. It was announced through the library’s social media channels and it had an event page on Facebook. Promotions were also distributed through partnering organizations such as UBC Farm and the University Neighbourhood Association, and related faculties such as the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the Faculty of Education. University Neighbourhood Association (partnered to fund the event through a UNA UTown Grant and stock local seeds for distribution) Wesbrook Community Centre (where the event was held) UBC Farm (provided expertise at the event and donated seeds) West Coast Seeds (donated seeds). Other organizations such as FarmFolk CityFolk helped to provide information and promote the event. Headcount feedback from participants feedback from partnering organizations, particularly the University Neighbourhood Association and UBC Farm Estimated over 300 community members participated. Feedback was very positive and many who attended returned to the Seed Lending Library later. Case Study 33 The largest event is our annual Open House, a three-hour long, carnival-like event in the library the week before classes start in the fall. Our event is a signature event during a week of events on campus from new student programs. As a signature event, it is open to all students, faculty, and community. In the last several years, our attendance as been around 4,000. The budget is typically between $18–$20K. A member of the learning and outreach unit will develop a leadership team that involves “booth” leaders from across library units and the library marketing unit. Highly. We promote the event at Fish Camp, our new student orientation camp, T-Camp, the transfer student orientation camp, and at other resource fairs throughout the summer. Ads are placed on our website and social media pages. The Writing Center typically has a booth in our open house. It is also advertised as a signature event. Assessment varies year to year. We always have a “head-count” to track attendance. We have also used a “vote for your favorite booth” activity, an online survey, a comment wall, and have counted “tickets” to understand how many giveaways we distribute. Assessment report will be attached at the end. Case Study 34 The Libraries supported a new program called the Laidlaw Scholars to support undergraduate research. 1st and 2nd year students participate in a two-year research project in support of a faculty member and their own interests. The Libraries coordinated the workshops on research fundamentals and act as personal librarians to the individual students throughout the duration of the program.
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