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Friday, November 5 • 10:33am - 10:48am
Utilizing Virtual Mini-Escape Rooms to Increase Awareness of Services at an Academic Health Sciences Library

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One way that the McGoogan Health Sciences Library responded to the changes brought about by the pandemic was by running a six-part series of virtual mini-escape rooms. The escape rooms served two main purposes; to assist users in understanding what services the library offers and how to access services remotely, and to familiarize users with newly renovated physical space that opened in 2020. To make the experience of using the escape rooms more convenient for patrons with busy schedules, the library created six virtual mini-escapes containing five questions with corresponding clues instead of one large escape room. The team responsible for designing the escape rooms determined the focus of the mini escape rooms would cover the medium-sized study room, the model storage room, archives and special collections, the reflection room, the print book collection, and distance learners. The six members of the library’s programming task force created the questions and corresponding clues. The library’s graphic designer took pictures of library faculty and staff in each escape room area. The programming task force built the escape rooms with Pressbooks utilizing the H5P plugin to create interactive question sets and image hotspots. The library publicized the guide using various methods including a blog post, the monthly liaison message, ePosters on the library social media platforms, and an article published in the daily, campus-wide publication. The library released one escape room each week and offered opportunities to win one of six virtual $20 Amazon gift cards as incentives to participate. The results included numerous positive comments through email and more engagement than anticipated. Based on previous library engagement efforts and events, library staff were expecting to get between 10-15 completed submissions each week. However, in the first week alone, the library received 49 submissions from students, faculty, staff, and their hospital partners. In the future, the library plans to find a different way to handle the drawing submission process due to the unexpected high level of engagement. Upon completion of this mini-escape series the library received a total of 168 submissions. This level of engagement indicated this series was a success and is worth duplicating in the future.

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Jessica King

Assistant Professor, Education & Research Services Librarian, Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library
My work currently includes the following:Expert literature searching, Open Educational Resources (OERs), accessibility of library teaching resources, trauma-informed libraries, diversity/equity/inclusion/accessibility (DEIA), liaison to the College of Public Health and our international... Read More →

Friday November 5, 2021 10:33am - 10:48am CDT