Harford Community College (HCC) Library initiated collaboration with Harford Public Libraries (HCPL) and Harford Public Schools media specialists (HCPS) -- part of library’s strategic plan. Information Literacy Symposium: HCC Library, HCPL, & HCPS librarians First conducted in 2009 Held again in 2012 After 2012 symposium, library administrators discussed results from symposium. Decided to conduct at least ONE of the ideas produced at symposium.
For the area libraries to collaborate in some way to improve student information literacy skills. Question: How can HCC Library, HCPS, and HCPL collaborate to “bridge” students from K-16 with regards to info lit skills?
Areas we thought students needed most help with transitioning from public to school to college libraries: Use of library databases Book call numbers (Dewey and Library of Congress) Help/reference services -- many students come to college not familiar with the idea of going to their librarians for help with research/finding information
Idea: some kind of contest for teens (who are patrons of HCPL, students at HCPS, and potential students at HCC). Originally considered doing during “Teen Tech Week” but that week was already very busy. Decided on National Library Week as HCPL did not already have program for teens for that week.
Decided on an "online scavenger hunt" that would have students exploring specific resources, mostly on the public libraries' website for access purposes. (Homeschooled students wouldn't have access to school library resources.)
AT LEAST: One rep from public, schools, college, etc., libraries (depending on collaborators) One administrator (there is money involved, important for buy-in) One storyteller/creative One techie One organizer/note-taker
Make it FUN!!!! Backstory Videos Images Incentives: flashdrive giveaways for each completer. Grand prize drawing for an iPad mini -- $600 value. Publicize through the schools – media specialists, teachers, etc., may provide their own incentives/extra credit.
“Packaged” with National Library Week events (this was the “teen promotion” event) Posters & mini fliers Posted in public, schools, and HCC library Facebook, Twitter, etc. School media specialists spread the word to teachers.
Expectation: “would be lucky to get 100 completers” Back Story: “Dr. Who”-type narrative. Had 25 completers. http://harford.libguides.com/hacks2014
Students found the questions to be a little too difficult. Don’t be too pedantic Don’t try to cover it all! We didn’t have a way built in for students to hand in answer logs to their schools – didn’t meet them where they were. Gina (college librarian) was impressed by creativity & enthusiasm of public librarians! Answers can change when databases are involved! Need to be flexible with student answers. (Ex. “The Singularity” question.) Need to have creative individuals who are motivated to devote time to this project! (Daria will find out how many hours approx. this took)
Added videos and “cheat codes” for questions. More accessible and also More FUN!!! (Videos) Improved flashdrive giveaways (mainly because prices decreased). Improved collaboration between public librarians (school librarian liaisons) and the school media specialists. Improved familiarity now that we had done it once already. Ran it longer and started it before schools’ spring break so students could do it while on break. Had 43 completers – an almost 60% increase.
“Innovation Lab” Green screen Cameras Used iMovie (Mac product) to produce video Videos uploaded to YouTube so they could be embedded on LibGuide. Linda (was Children’s Librarian & Assistant Branch Manager in 2014, now Branch Manager) wrote script
Branding: kept same logo, so the program is starting to have a “look” of its own. Prizes: They worked well the first time, so why not? URL for subject guide (LibGuide) where questions, images, videos, etc. were housed (archived the old LibGuide with a new name) Most of the same team members: institutional knowledge.
COSTS: $600 for prizes and giveaways. Marketing design, printing costs: in-kind contribution from public library Staff time (may play out differently depending on your libraries) Video production, scripting, website work, collecting & reviewing answer logs, HCC librarians answering question via chat.
BENEFITS: Incredible good will between library systems Student learning More exposure to public library resources Connecting middle and high school students to a college librarian in a small way. (Gina give anecdote about “Where is K?”) Shared experience between parents & children [read quote from parent]
[Print out and read quotes]
Use cue cards for actors in video (actors were looking down a lot).
One student used the “Comments” feature on LibGuide to ask the “Where is K?” question, instead of going to the proper tab on the LibGuide and using the “Contact Us” box. Instructions on answer log could have been clearer (some students likely did not bother going to the LibGuide).
Library Hacks for Teens: A College/Public/School Libraries Collaboration
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Gina Calia-Lotz, Harford Community College
Daria Parry, Harford County Public Libraries
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