This past week was finals week at DeSales and students were appropriately stressed; many students seemed to live in the library. We try to give students a way to relieve their stress and have some fun in between their intense study sessions. We had some success with a coloring competition in the past, but decided to step up our game this semester. We followed the lead of librarians at Lafayette College, Salisbury University, and Michigan State University and introduced our campus to the #TrexlerFinalsFairy. We were hoping that treats hidden around the library would be received well and that students would enjoy sharing their findings with others through our hashtag. We envisioned many students finding the Trexler Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and our social media audience widening.
We apparently did not have realistic expectations. We were extremely disappointed when only five students posted the success of their findings. We had 64 packages floating around the library and so little response! We even found some of the packages in the trash. The majority of students didn’t seem to be interested in the stress balls, pencils, finger mustache temporary tattoos, or candy! The five students who did post made us smile, so I include them here.
We aren’t certain why the Finals Fairy didn’t provide us with the social media boost for which we had hoped. It wasn’t for lack of advertising, I made a few posters that were put on social media and hung throughout the library. It wasn’t because there was a shortage of students or gifts. Perhaps we just didn’t pick the right
gifts? In the end, we decided that our endeavors weren’t a complete failure because we made a few students happy and showed them we care.
I am interested to know if other libraries have had more success with efforts to make finals fun…