Students: you may like the library but do you “Like” it?

This September, the Loyola University Libraries are launching a series of interactive events aimed at getting students to “Like” their Facebook page and get more involved with life in the stacks. Laura Berfield, political papers archivist for the Loyola University Libraries, says the libraries’ Facebook page has been live a few years, but students haven’t taken advantage of the opportunities it offers.

“It seems that most Loyolans may not realize it exists and that it provides useful information,” she says in an e-mail interview. “We hope that this Facebook campaign will encourage students and faculty to utilize the University Libraries Facebook as a good resource for the latest library information, as well as an easy way to interact with the library.”

So what do students get out of “liking” the library?  Unlike that “friend” who posts their latest Farmville stats and horoscopes, the University Libraries’s page provides helpful posts that make navigating the library easier.  Berfield says the page will feature new resources, services, and events that benefit students, such as upcoming reference workshops, Friends of the Library Speaker Series, and Donuts with the Dean.

First, however, the focus is getting “Likes.” During the month of September, the Klarchek Information Commons (KIC) and Cudahy Library will be busy with treasure hunts, free food, and prizes all named with a clever literary title. But it doesn’t stop there.  Once students “Like” the library, they can go online and interact with the page for an opportunity for even more prizes.

Events are as follows:

  • Treasure Library (all of September) – If you start seeing a glimmer of gold in the library, investigate: it could be your ticket to a free TV.  Coins will be hidden around Cudahy Library and the KIC, and once students find coins, they can turn the treasure in to the second floor service desk to be entered into a raffle for a 22″ LCD television.
  • A Series of Fortunate Spins (September 14, 2-3 p.m., first floor of the KIC) – Who doesn’t like free food AND a prize wheel?  Students who “Like” the University Libraries page on Facebook get the chance to spin a prize wheel and win gift cards, coupons, and other prizes. Food will also be available.
  • As You LIKE Us-Photo Contest (during the week of September 19) – Each day a photo will be posted on the Libraries Facebook page and students can comment on the photo for a chance to win a gift card. Have a penchant for photography? Post your own original photo on the Facebook page of something to do with the library (an action shot, a favorite study spot, etc.) for an even bigger prize.
  • Lord of the LIKES (September 28, 2 p.m., first floor of the KIC) – The grand prize winner of the Treasure Library raffle will be announced, plus there will be another round of free food.