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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Faculty info: Escape the Library! Challenge

The Lloyd Sealy Library and Student Academic Success Programs (SASP) are partnering to coordinate the Escape the Library! Murder Mystery Challenge. This is a hands-on learning activity that introduces first-year and transfer students to basic library research skills.

This is a productive, fun alternative to library instructional sessions or workshops! Please encourage your students to sign up. (Registration will open in September.)


  • Students compete in teams to solve a puzzle in the Library using scholarly and historical resources.


  • Daily during Community Hour (1:45–2:45) in September-October 2017 (Dates TBA)

Learning outcomes:

  • Team-based, active learning
  • Basic research skills
    • find a book in the catalog
    • find a book by call number in the stacks
    • find an article in New York Times Archives 
    • use citation style
  • Familiarity with library
    • location, librarians, resources, study spaces


  • First-year and transfer students in teams of 3­–4 from the same class (teams from the same class compete against each other)
  • Peer Success Coaches from SASP
  • The Challenge is coordinated by Profs. Robin Davis and Marta Bladek (Library) and the SASP team, Nancy Yang, Wynne Ferdinand, Natasha Graf, and Jay Chopra.


  • Each day, the first team to finish the Challenge with all correct answers will win prizes (TBA)

Questions? Want a preview of the Challenge? Please contact Prof. Robin Davis at