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    Hundreds of students attended the annual Freshman Open House, which featured tours of Lamont Library and an introduction to library services.
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    Associate Librarian Susan Fliss greets students.
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    Student library worker Ashley Hutchinson talks with students before leading a tour.
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    Research Librarian Stephen Kuehler explains the Hoopes Prize, given annually to undergraduates for outstanding scholarly work or research.
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    Electronic Documents/Data Librarian John Baldisserotto greets students at Lamont Reseach Services desk.
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    Cabot Science Library Assistant Susan Leavitt talks with a student about science libraries.
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    Librarian for the Japanese Collection Kuniko McVey talks with a student about Harvard-Yenching Library's collections.
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    Students who toured the library were eligible for a raffle to win prizes, including movies passes, tickets to Boston museums and electronics.

September 3, 2010 – Hundreds of incoming students attended the annual Freshman Open House for an introduction to the libraries that included tours, free food and drinks and the chance to meet with librarians one-on-one. Dozens of staff from throughout Harvard College Library, along with staff from other Harvard libraries, were on hand for the event to highlight library services, help students find their way around, and answer questions.

To encourage student to become familiar with Lamont Library, staff and student workers led tours that highlighted areas like Research Services, the Multimedia Lab, the Language Resource Center, the Collaborative Learning Space and the Ginsberg and Donatelli reading rooms. As an added incentive, students who took the tour and received stamps from each location were eligible to enter a raffle with prizes that included, movie passes, tickets to Boston museums and electronics.

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In addition to helping students become familiar with the library’s physical spaces, the tours were a chance for students to get acquainted with the collections they are likely to use during the academic year, including Lamont Media, the Woodberry Poetry Room and Farnsworth Room, which houses a collection of leisure reading.

Informational tables were set up in the Collaborative Learning Space on Level B, and staff from other HCL libraries– Cabot, Widener, Houghton, Harvard-Yenching, Loeb Music, Fine Arts, and Tozzer – fielded questions from more than 100 students who visited the room. Tables were also set up to distribute information about online services like Scan and Deliver and VIA, Harvard’s catalog of visual materials. The Bureau of Study Counsel, which offers tutoring services to undergraduates, also set up a table during the event.

Library staff who took part in the open house include: from HCL, Susan Fliss and Maggie Hale; from Widener and Lamont – John Baldisserotto, Tom Bruno, Colleen Bryant, Geoff Carens, George Clark, Jason Clarke, Linda Collins, Ann-Marie Costa, Paul Hanna, Emily Kelly, Gwang-Ho Kim, Steve Kuehler, Cheryl LaGuardia, Chris Lenney, Pam Matz, Ken Petersen, Jo Rindfleisch, Lynn Sayers, Martin Schreiner, Julia Starkey, Rebecca Wingfield, Paul Worster; from Fine Arts – Mary Clare Altenhofen, Amanda Bowen, Spruill Harder, Robert Sennett; from Maps –Whitley Frost, Joseph Garver, Jonathan Rosenwasser,; from Houghton – James Capobianco, Caroline Duroselle-Melish, Chloe Garcia-Roberts; from Cabot Science – Linda Carter, Sue Leavitt, Reed Lowrie; from Loeb Music – Kerry Masteller and Liza Vick; from Fung Library – Kazuko Sakaguchi and Hugh Truslow; from Harvard-Yenching – Kuniko McVey; from Schlesinger Library – Diana Carey; from the Graduate School of Design – Alix Reiskind; from the Bureau of Study Counsel – Jennifer Page and Craig Rodgers. A number of student workers also took part in the event. They include: Aria Guarino, Natalie Heer, Ashley Hutchinson, Alan Ibrahim, Meaghan Lyons, Addie Rolnick, Aisha Townes, Tracy Vo.