Library wins Award

The staff of Fairfield’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library has been singled out for creating an interactive game helping to orient first semester freshmen to the library.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) selected Library Scene: Fairfield Edition for the organization’s PRIMO Project, also known as ACRL Instruction Section’s Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online. The popular resource for academic libraries nationwide showcases exemplary instructional materials, such as Library Scene, which was inspired by the popular DVD game “Scene It.” The game instructs patrons about DiMenna-Nyselius Library services by incorporating multimedia elements as well as traditional game play techniques, complete with animated scenes set in the library.

Jessica McCullough, senior reference librarian and instruction coordinator, said librarians have been thrilled with student response to Library Scene, which was incorporated into library instruction classes required for freshmen. “Preliminary data in the form of electronic evaluations given to students at the end of the instruction classes were extremely positive,” she said. “One of the questions asks students if the game contributed to their awareness of library services and resources, to which 95 percent of students answered yes.”

In addition to McCullough, the creative team behind the project included librarians and media production specialists, specifically Curtis Ferree, reference and electronic resources librarian; Philip Bahr, reference and media librarian; Karen Connolly, writer and producer at the Fairfield University Media Center; and Steve Evans, of the Media Center.