Despite the lightning and thunder pelting the region Thursday evening April 9th, NC State’s first Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) drew a small crowd to the ground floor Reading Room at D. H. Hill.
Anne Burke, Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach Librarian, and Brandy Grabow, Assistant Director at the University Tutorial Center partnered to bring research and writing support to students from 6pm – 12pm. In addition to staffing the event with three Library Reference & Information Interns, the library generously provided printing, pizza, donuts, and the raffle prize, a $100 Amazon Gift card. Nayeem Hossain won the raffle. The University Tutorial Center arranged to have five writing consultants from Writing and Speaking Tutorial Services (WSTS) and the Graduate Writing Center (GWC) working in shifts throughout the evening.
Following the German model of Long Nights Against Procrastination that were first “ ‘invented’ by a peer tutor at the Writing Center at the Europa University Viandrina” in 2010, NC State’s LNAP was scheduled three weeks before the end of classes to help students get started on any research/writing final projects (Dreyurst, Stephanie. “The Long Night Against Procrastination.” Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders).
- 117 students signed into the event and entered the raffle.
- 16 students got help from the Library Reference & Instruction Interns,
- 8 students, 7 of them who had not been to WSTS or GWC in the past, received help from consultants.
WSTS consultant Ryan Pileski said, “I really enjoyed how I was able to sit at the table and help brainstorm with a student, but also just have a conversation with a lot of them. We laughed and talked and were able to work on writing while we did so. It was a great model for a fun and productive working environment in my opinion.”