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Wednesday 12 September 2007

Transform! From tourist to treasure hunter

Kate Thompson, Rosemary Kardos & Lynne Knapp
Lynne presenting - works in Dental library at Otago

Library tours/presentation tedious so treasure hunt - so students could take more responsibility for learning.
Induction programme to get them aware of self as beginner registered professional - raise awareness of services etc. Get them out of their comfort zone...

Science librarian had camp/treasure hunt for school students.

Hoped to be fun, breakaway from information overload, develop collegiality, learn library skills and learn why they might use libraries.

Covered a number of library sites and other campus hot-spots.


  • brainstorming
  • develop timeline
  • develop risk assessment matrix

    • risk of ripping books - solution only once open book, otherwise just call numbers and e-resources
    • risk of power failure!
    • main risk - creating sound clues

36 students in teaching lab - presentation, hands-on, then treasure hunt pack (including maps, guides to catalogue etc, keypoints of presentation, first of five cluecards). Grouped in pairs. 1.5 hours.

Cluecards specific to each library/hotspot. Once each card was completed, checked by librarian and given next card.

At end quick-fire quiz to recapitulate what learned; and evaluation where they reflected on it.

Now worthy of treasure. As well as knowledge got Colgate sponsorship with goodies.

Follow-up: two days later went into a class and presented special prizes to three of those who'd successfully completed quiz. Discussed what improvements would make for next year.

A month later, after had handed in assignments - asked how treasure hunt had helped.

  • improvement in written work - accessed more resources
  • greater awareness of uni services and campus
  • got to know each other


  • include Student Job Search, Sports Centre
  • consider competitive nature of some students
  • campus very spread out so need more time to complete and warn them to wear sensible shoes

What questions asked? Kate looked at what had been done. Wanted to learn basics of where things were. Use of books, use of electronic resources. Didn't want congestion or risk to physical materials.