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Cephalonian 2.0: Transforming large-scale library orientations to support student success: Cephalonian Method

Online guide to Eckerd College's orientation program

Sample Slides

Other institutions using Cephalonian

The following institutions have used Cephalonian in some capacity, based on information shared online or through library listservs:

  • St Michael’s University, VT
  • University of RI
  • University of New Mexico - for first year library instruction
  • University of Texas, El Paso
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Case Western University
  • Oregon State University (ALA Annual session)
  • University of Tulsa - “roaming” cephalonian (ILI-list)
  • St. John's College
  • Radford University 


Basic Principles


Cephalonian method is an active learning approach to library orientations that uses pre-established questions and planned yet spontaneous audience participation to create an interactive learning experience that results in an engaging and memorable orientation experience.


The Cephalonian method encourages students to engage in material by reading and asking questions, which encourages the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of presentation content.  Students ask both scripted and unscripted questions, which allows them to be part of the presentation.  Audience participation also encourages students to listen to their peers


The Cephalonian method has its origins at a resort within the Greek island of Cefalonia.  It was first adapted for use in library orientations in 2004 at Cardiff University (UK) by Linda Davies and Nigel Morgan, and has since gained popularity in libraries in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, and Australia.

Further Reading

Barnes, C., & Walton, E. (2007). Large-group induction at the University of Sussex Library: adapting the Cephalonian method. SCONUL Focus, (40), 57–58.

Camlibtmvideo. (2010). Library inductions using Cephalonian method [Video file]. Retrieved from

Castle, C. (2010, October 12). Musings on using the Cephalonian method - a different method of teaching [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Galloway, L. (2010). The Cephalonian method of instruction for first year science undergraduates. Upstate New York Science Librarians Conference, Paper 41. Retrieved from

Hegarty, N. (2008). Going Greek: introducing the Cephalonian method at WIT Libraries. SCONUL FOCUS, 43, 40–43.

King, K., & Heath, N. (2010). Cephalonian induction: it’s well worth a try. School Librarian, 58(2), 76–78.

Morgan, N., & Davies, L. (2008). How Cephalonia can conquer the world (or at the very least, your students!): A library orientation case study from Cardiff University. In D. Cook & R. L. Sittler (Eds.), Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors: 17 Innovative Strategies to Improve Student Learning (pp. 20-29). Chicago: American Library Association.

Wells, V. (2013, February 20). Revising the Cephalonian method [Web log post]. Retrieved from

MyEckerdLibrary Gallery

Audience at 2016 event

Audience at 2016 event

After party at 2016 event

Games at after party at 2016 event

Photo credit

Photo credit:

Nicole Valez
Eckerd College
Class of 2018