The First-Year Experience

Sponsored by ACRL

Recorded on 07/31/2017
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 1

First Year Experience Cookbook book cover

In this debut of Choice’s new podcast, The Authority File, editorial director Bill Mickey speaks with Raymond Pun and Meggan Houlihan about their new book published by the ALA, The First-Year Experience Cookbook, which is a collection of lesson plans and assessment activities for engaging first-year students in the library. Ray and Meggan discuss what it means to be a first-year experience librarian and offer tips for implementing first-year experience programs.

Buy it here.

About the guests:

Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian at California State University, Fresno. He coordinates the first-year experience and information literacy program across campus. He previously worked as a reference and research services librarian at NYU Shanghai and at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library. He has presented and published extensively in the field including three edited volumes, Career Transitions for Librarians, Bridging Worlds and The First-Year Experience Cookbook. Raymond holds an M.L.S. from CUNY Queens College, M.A. in East Asian Studies and B.A. in History from St. John’s University.

Meggan Houlihan is the First-Year Experience and Instruction Librarian at New York University Abu Dhabi. In this role Meggan collaborates with the Office of First-Year Students, Writing Program, and Writing Center to equip freshman with basic information literacy skills. She is a former Coordinator of Instruction at The American University of Cairo, where she handled instructional activity, assessment, and outreach. She is active in ALA, ACRL, and the Information Literacy Network of the Gulf. She is a graduate of Indiana University (MLS), the University of Reading, UK (MA Modern History), and Eastern Illinois University (BA History).

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About the Music:
The intro and outro music in Authority File is “Grapes,” mixed by I dunno. The transition music is “Peace ( There’s A better Way ),” mixed by Loveshadow. The music is available on ccMixter, and is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (cc-by 4.0).