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Mysteries of Murdock began as an in-person Pacific Northwest themed mythbusting event for first-year students, helping them feel comfortable in library facilities and with library resources. In light of Fall 2020, we were challenged to reach this population with an excellent online alternative. This lightning talk will share our experience from iterative project management to goal setting to “event” hype. We’ll share our final product as well as brief insights from our assessment data. Attendees will leave understanding how asynchronous events fit in their toolbox of library programming and what elements are critical to making those events high-impact and successful.

Jenny Bruxvoort is a Research & Instruction Librarian at George Fox University, where she heads library efforts to enhance First Year Experience and serves several undergraduate programs in the humanities and social sciences. As the First Year Experience Librarian, her focus is on introducing students to the library in fun and engaging ways, empowering them to use the library as they need it. Her academic research centers on libraries’ contribution to student success and retention. In recent years, she has presented at library conferences on the representation of libraries and librarians in college textbooks and helped to build the Mysteries of Murdock first-year-student event at Fox. She has expertise in practical library assessment, information literacy, and research in the social sciences.

Kate Wimer is a Research & Instruction Librarian at George Fox University. In addition to serving the Portland Seminary and several undergraduate programs in the humanities and social sciences, she coordinates library outreach to all levels of the university. She is fascinated by the crossover between instructional design and usability approaches, and is currently considering ways that website design and other asynchronous library experiences can support the development of critical thinking skills in unmediated virtual spaces. As a recent transplant to Oregon and the newest librarian at Fox, she is always excited to plug in with a new community.


Presented as a lightning talk at High-Impact Practices in Academic Libraries in 2020.

Start Date : 27-10-2020 12:20 PM

End Date: 27-10-2020 12:30 PM