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The Transition Years
Evaluating Information Literacy Skills
from High School to College-Level Research
Emily Gover
@Emily_...
Who We Are, What We Do
Every 60 seconds:
• 1.8M Facebook “likes”
• 2,000,000 Google searches
• 20,000,000 Flickr views
• $83,000 in Amazon sales
...
“High school students are often not allowed enough
time to do in-depth research.
Students are often told what to learn rat...
Students do not utilize library resources as much in
high school as they do in college.
Use search engines in high school,...
College freshmen overly confident with research skills.
Bad first research experience = less likely to use
academic librar...
40% have never used their library's website
Of those who have not used it, 23% believe
other websites have better informat...
Students: What words comes to
mind when you hear “Wikipedia”?
EasyBib data.
What Are They Citing?
1. Wikipedia – 8%
2. Yahoo! Answers – 7%
3. eNotes – 3%
4. Answers.com – 3%
5. Oppapers – 3%
Seconda...
1. Wikipedia – 11%
2. Oppapers – 4%
3. SlideShare – 4%
4. Course Hero – 4%
5. Scribd – 3%
What Are They Citing?
Higher Ed,...
What percentage of students are “adequately prepared”
with information literacy skills?
"Both Sides Now: Librarians Lookin...
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2
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
Short quotes Long quotes In-text citations Relevance Use of quotes as
filler
Recognize
publicatio...
You may feel like this…
…But it’s not so bad!
Areas of Understanding
Boolean Operators
• 38.6% understood “AND” narrowed results
• 9.8% believed “OR” narrowed results
W...
Preferred Source Types
Freshmen vs. Seniors
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2
4
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First-year English Composition N = 16 Senior Capstone N = 1...
Sources Used in
Student Writing
First-year students primarily accessed more general
databases, including:
• LexisNexis Aca...
Sources Used in
Student Writing
Seniors used:
• Academic Search Premier
• Library catalog
• JSTOR
• Montana Rules of Civil...
What Can We Do?
“Train the Trainers”
Information literacy instruction for educators
How?
• Inservice training
• PD
Why?
• Common Core
• Fa...
Collaborate!
Common ground for high school
student learning outcomes (NY)
1. Task definition
2. Source selection
3. Information access
...
Information Literacy Continuum Committee (NY)
• Document covering IL skills between H.S. and college
• Shared with teacher...
Information literacy curriculum collaboration (UT)
• Two library media specialists
• High school English teacher
• Two uni...
Visit local academic libraries
• LC classification
• ILL
• Subject specialists
• Writing center
Collaborate!
“Bridging the...
Connect
• #infolit
• #libchat
• #highered
• Join groups
• Follow local colleges
• Explore your network
• infolit list serv...
Cloud made using Tagxedo
In Summary
Ashbridge, Carole. Bridging the Gap for Information Literacy: Connecting High Schools,
Colleges and the Workforce. Waterto...
Nix, Donna E., Marianne Hageman, and Janice Kragness. Information Literacy and the
Transition from High School to College....
Thank You :)
Emily Gover
emily@imagineeasy.com
@Emily_EasyBib
Brad Heringer
brad@imagineeasy.com
(212) 675-6738 ext.009
• ...
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  1. 1. The Transition Years Evaluating Information Literacy Skills from High School to College-Level Research Emily Gover @Emily_EasyBib NJASL Fall Conference October 5, 2013
  2. 2. Who We Are, What We Do
  3. 3. Every 60 seconds: • 1.8M Facebook “likes” • 2,000,000 Google searches • 20,000,000 Flickr views • $83,000 in Amazon sales Qmee
  4. 4. “High school students are often not allowed enough time to do in-depth research. Students are often told what to learn rather than asked to conduct self-directed research. Standardized testing at the K-12 level makes it difficult for teachers to emphasize information literacy skills.” “Bridging the Gap: Preparing High School Students for College Level Research.”
  5. 5. Students do not utilize library resources as much in high school as they do in college. Use search engines in high school, see no reason why it would be different in higher ed. “Are They Ready? Exploring Student Information Literacy Skills in the Transition From Secondary to Tertiary Education.”
  6. 6. College freshmen overly confident with research skills. Bad first research experience = less likely to use academic library resources in future. “Are They Ready? Exploring Student Information Literacy Skills in the Transition From Secondary to Tertiary Education.”
  7. 7. 40% have never used their library's website Of those who have not used it, 23% believe other websites have better information (!) “Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community.”
  8. 8. Students: What words comes to mind when you hear “Wikipedia”? EasyBib data.
  9. 9. What Are They Citing? 1. Wikipedia – 8% 2. Yahoo! Answers – 7% 3. eNotes – 3% 4. Answers.com – 3% 5. Oppapers – 3% Secondary, 2011-2012 “The Sources in Student Writing – Secondary Education. Turnitin.”
  10. 10. 1. Wikipedia – 11% 2. Oppapers – 4% 3. SlideShare – 4% 4. Course Hero – 4% 5. Scribd – 3% What Are They Citing? Higher Ed, 2011-2012 “The Sources in Student Writing – Higher Education. Turnitin.”
  11. 11. What percentage of students are “adequately prepared” with information literacy skills? "Both Sides Now: Librarians Looking at Information Literacy from High School and College." 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 0%-20% 21%-40% 41%-60% 61%-80% 81%-100% K-12 Academic
  12. 12. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Short quotes Long quotes In-text citations Relevance Use of quotes as filler Recognize publication bias Include Cultural context First-year English Composition N = 16 Senior Capstone N = 16 “Information Literacy Learning Outcomes and Student Success.” Use of Information in College Writing
  13. 13. You may feel like this…
  14. 14. …But it’s not so bad!
  15. 15. Areas of Understanding Boolean Operators • 38.6% understood “AND” narrowed results • 9.8% believed “OR” narrowed results Web Site Credibility • 23.8% selected all three (date, author, purpose) • 73.9% selected an answer with at least one “Are They Ready? Exploring Student Information Literacy Skills in the Transition From Secondary to Tertiary Education.”
  16. 16. Preferred Source Types Freshmen vs. Seniors 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 First-year English Composition N = 16 Senior Capstone N = 16 “Information Literacy Learning Outcomes and Student Success.”
  17. 17. Sources Used in Student Writing First-year students primarily accessed more general databases, including: • LexisNexis Academic • Quick Search (a federated search feature) • Academic Search Premier • Library catalog “Information Literacy Learning Outcomes and Student Success.”
  18. 18. Sources Used in Student Writing Seniors used: • Academic Search Premier • Library catalog • JSTOR • Montana Rules of Civil Procedure • Science Direct • Business Search Premier “Information Literacy Learning Outcomes and Student Success.”
  19. 19. What Can We Do?
  20. 20. “Train the Trainers” Information literacy instruction for educators How? • Inservice training • PD Why? • Common Core • Familiarity with library “Bridging the Gap: Preparing High School Students for College Level Research.”
  21. 21. Collaborate!
  22. 22. Common ground for high school student learning outcomes (NY) 1. Task definition 2. Source selection 3. Information access 4. Make connections, draw conclusions 5. Ethical writing and presentation 6. Reflect on research Collaborate! “Bridging the Gap for Information Literacy: Connecting High Schools, Colleges and the Workforce.” Academic K-12
  23. 23. Information Literacy Continuum Committee (NY) • Document covering IL skills between H.S. and college • Shared with teachers and parents • Discussion forum of K-12 and academics • Visit each other’s learning environments Academic K-12 Collaborate!
  24. 24. Information literacy curriculum collaboration (UT) • Two library media specialists • High school English teacher • Two university librarians • Instructional designer Collaborate! Academic K-12 http://helios.weber.edu “HeLIOS: Bridging the Information Literacy Gap from High School to University.”
  25. 25. Visit local academic libraries • LC classification • ILL • Subject specialists • Writing center Collaborate! “Bridging the Gap: Preparing High School Students for College Level Research.”
  26. 26. Connect • #infolit • #libchat • #highered • Join groups • Follow local colleges • Explore your network • infolit list serv • K-20 collaboration • lists.ala.org/sympa What ideas do you have?
  27. 27. Cloud made using Tagxedo In Summary
  28. 28. Ashbridge, Carole. Bridging the Gap for Information Literacy: Connecting High Schools, Colleges and the Workforce. Watertown, NY: Connections Abound, 2010. PDF. http://connectionsabound.com/Bridging the Gap.pdf De Rosa, Cathy, Joanne Cantrell, Matthew Carlson, Peggy Gallagher, Janet Hawk, and Charlotte Sturtz. Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community. Rep. Ed. Brad Gauder. OCLC, 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2012. EasyBib Student Survey. June 2013. Raw data. Imagine Easy Solutions, LLC, New York, NY. Kasowitz-Scheer, Abby. Easing the High School to College Transition: Creating an Information Literacy Continuum. N.p.: Educator's Spotlight Digest, Winter 2007. PDF.http://www.informationliteracy.org/users_data/admin/V2I1-college.pdf Kinikin, JaNae. HeLIOS: Bridging the Information Literacy Gap from High School to University. Ogden, UT: Weber State University, 21 Apr. 2010. PDF. http://www.mpla.us/documents/handouts/2010/kinikin.pdf Works Cited
  29. 29. Nix, Donna E., Marianne Hageman, and Janice Kragness. Information Literacy and the Transition from High School to College. Publication. University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, 1 June 2011. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. Salisbury, Fiona, and Sharon Karasmanis. "Are They Ready? Exploring Student Information Literacy Skills in the Transition from Secondary to Tertiary Education." Australian Academic & Research Libraries 41.1 (2011): 43-58. Print. Samson, Sue. "Information Literacy Learning Outcomes and Student Success." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 36.3 (2010): 202-10. ScienceDirect. Web. 2 Mar. 2013. Schein, Christine, Linda Conway, Rebecca Harner, Sue Byerley, and Shelley Harper. "Bridging the Gap: Preparing High School Students for College Level Research." Colorado Libraries 36.1 (2011): n. pag. 2011. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. Works Cited
  30. 30. Thank You :) Emily Gover emily@imagineeasy.com @Emily_EasyBib Brad Heringer brad@imagineeasy.com (212) 675-6738 ext.009 • Questions, pricing, trials for EasyBib or ResearchReady Bibliography tinyurl.com/njasl13 easybib.com researchready.com EasyBib Librarians EasyBib

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