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  • 1. Building a Community of Lifelong Learners: Connecting K-12 and College Information Literacy Standards Ellysa Stern Cahoy Information Literacy Librarian Penn State University November 3, 2004
  • 2. Today’s Presentation
    • Introduction
    • Comparing the AASL/AECT and ACRL Information Literacy Standards
    • Examples of K-20 Collaboration
    • What Can SLMSs do?
    • What Can Academic Librarians do?
    • Questions / Comments
  • 3. Comparing the Standards
    • K-12: Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning (AASL/AECT, 1998)
    • Post-Secondary: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ACRL, 2000)
  • 4.  
  • 5. Comparing the Standards
    • AASL/AECT K-12 Standards
      • Comprehensive in scope
      • Address “ appreciation of literature and other creative expressions of information”
      • Emphasize the development of the student as an independent learner and a socially responsible person
  • 6. Comparing the Standards
    • ACRL Post-Secondary Standards
      • Almost entirely focused on cognitive skills
      • Developed as a work-in-progress to be revisited
      • Highly practical , with detailed competencies
      • Should be viewed as a “continuum of the AASL/AECT standards”
  • 7. Why Do We Need to Know About the ACRL Standards?
    • A model for K-12/College collaboration
    • With the AASL standards, represents a complete picture of the information competencies that our students must learn
    • Lend clarity and added detail to skills defined in the AASL standards
  • 8. What Isn’t Covered in the ACRL Standards?
    • Affective Skills
      • How do your students feel about the library and academic research?
    • Library Anxiety
      • Four Causes of Library Anxiety (Mellon, 1986)
        • the size of the library
        • a lack of knowledge about where things are located
        • how to begin
        • what to do
  • 9. Examples of K-20 Collaboration
    • Nationally:
      • AASL/ACRL Blueprint for Collaboration
      • AASL/ACRL Information Literacy Task Force
    • Pennsylvania:
      • K-16 Councils
        • ( North Central PA Regional K-16 Council )
      • PSU Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS)
  • 10. K-16 Councils Statewide
  • 11. K-20 Library Collaboration
    • Collaborative Models
      • Academic Library “Warmth Seminar”
      • Research Field Trip to an academic library
      • Cooperative borrowing privileges
  • 12. What Can SLMSs Do?
    • Evaluate the scope and sequence of your library’s curriculum in relation to each set of standards
      • Selecting an appropriate academic research topic
      • Delineating between freely available Web resources and articles available via online subscription databases
      • Emphasizing concepts rather than processes
  • 13. What Can SLMSs Do?
    • Reach out to other schools in your area
      • Contact an academic librarian about bringing your students in for a tour/instruction session
    • Collaborate with librarians at other educational levels
      • Consider the information literacy skills that are being addressed above and below the grade levels that you reach.
  • 14. What Can SLMSs Do?
    • Explore and implement performance-based assessment methods
      • Research logs
      • Conferencing
      • E-Portfolios
      • Conferencing
    • Assessment examples and strategies for implementation are detailed in Information Power
  • 15. What Can Public Librarians Do?
    • Develop and promote programs for college-bound students
      • Career Development programs
      • Homework Assistance
    • Reinforce within school-age patrons
    • a love of libraries and lifelong learning
  • 16. What Can Academic Librarians Do?
    • Reach out to local SLMSs to form collaborative partnerships
    • Provide opportunities for freshmen and new students to get to know the library in a fun, non-threatening atmosphere
    • Include information competencies as a graduation requirement
  • 17. The Academic Library Today
  • 18. Which One is Your Typical College Librarian?
  • 19. Today’s academic library: an oasis of quiet, intellectual reflection…
  • 20. Or a fun, exciting place with lots of friendly people to help you?
  • 21. Can we introduce our students to the excitement and rigors of academic research…
  • 22. … Without overwhelming them in the process?
  • 23. YES WE CAN! Provided that we work together to bridge the K-12/College divide!
  • 24. Questions / Comments? Ellysa Stern Cahoy Information Literacy Librarian Penn State University [email_address]