A new Web page made its debut this fall designed just for first year students. The â€œWSU Libraries: the first year experienceâ€ page was created with input from first year students by a team of librarians. It provides a â€œone-stop shoppingâ€ environment for beginning students by bringing together library information and resources with university-wide services.
A few of the resources the students can see at a glance include the current day’s hours for the Undergraduate Library and the 24-Hour Extended Study Center; the Assignment Planner, a time management tool for helping students generate a list of deadlines for a paper or project; a â€œFind Books and Moviesâ€ Wayne State catalog search to locate materials in the library; and a â€œFind articlesâ€ search generates a list of articles available online from full-text library databases.
A section of the page called â€œCampus Connectionsâ€ links to university services such as advising, the schedule of classes, tutoring, places to eat and other essentials. For fun, students can read â€œWeird Newsâ€ from the RSS feeds generated by Reuters or learn unusual facts (â€œDid You Know?â€) from a family of librarian avatars. Renewing books, getting personalized help from a librarian via e-mail or chat, or finding out where to get access to a computer are additional features of the page. Check out the â€œFirst Year Experience’ features at:http://library.wayne.edu/fye