Library celebration has record-breaking turn out
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 11:09
More than 5,000 students attended the 11th Annual Cunningham Memorial Library Extravaganza Thursday, and the associate dean of the library said new services and Twitter were contributing factors for its record breaking attendance.
“This year, we had several people tweeting about the event, so word was getting out through new channels,” said Greg Youngen, associate dean of the library.
The food has been one of the the most popular elements of the event for students in the past and Youngen said the record breaking attendance this year caused them to run out of pizza and order more.
But Youngen said in order for students to take advantage of the free food they had to get past the resource tables, and the event was a success.
“It went very well, the attendance numbers were great and we received quite a few complements on the event,” he said. “For several students, it was their first visit to the library.”
Students flooded the first floor of the Cunningham Memorial Library to visit tables set up and provided information about different departments and organizations located on campus.
Organizations present at the event with this year included: Sycamore Express, the Math & Writing Center, Cup and Chaucer Café with 28 more groups helping to make the event successful.
Adriana Salas, a freshman communication major, said the event is a good way for first year students to become familiar with the campus community.
“It was the perfect thing for freshmen because the extravaganza gave out a lot of needed information for different organizations and offices on campus,” she said.
While junior theater major, Corinne Koller said the extravaganza was a useful resource for freshmen and transfer students.
She learned about Ebscohost, which is an online tool to assist students in finding primary or secondary resources to use for their coursework.
“I plan on using it [Ebscohost] for class now,” Koller said.
Though she enjoyed this year’s event, she had some suggestions for the library she said would be very useful in her studies.
“The library [should have] certain sections dedicated to specific majors,” she said. “Because I am theatre major and some of the books I need tend to be on three different floors.”
Shelby Christison, freshman chemistry major, said she benefited from the information tables representing the Office of Technology and the Student Government Association, as well.
Many of the tables offered information to students, but they also handed out free items.
The Career Center offered note pads, pens, pencils and collapsible water bottles to students, while the college of technology supplied chap stick and color changing drinking cups.
Other campus offices raffled out prizes, such as the Office of Diversity which awarded 20 t-shirts to attendees.
This year live music was on site outside the library’s entrance instead of a disc jockey, which was used in previous years.
The live music was performed by Southland, a band composed of mostly retired, former and current Indiana State employees.
The Cunningham Memorial Library Extravaganza started in 2002, with an event much different compared to this year’s event, Youngen said.
He said new technology and participation from other campus groups was a contributed factor to draw more students to attend, which would assist them in gaining knowledge of all services and assistance the library currently offers.
“Library products and services are continually evolving, we always have something new to introduce,” Youngen said.