Creating Info Lit Opportunities in your School

Information and Learning Specialist
Jan. 25, 2012

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Creating Info Lit Opportunities in your School

  1. Creating Information Literacy Opportunities in Your School SLANZA Conference, Auckland Senga White James Hargest College 20th July 2011
  2. Background O Librarian for 11 years at James Hargest College, a two-campus, two-library Year 7-13 school in Invercargill, roll of approx. 2000 students. O Previous experience in office management and communications O Has been a member of SLANZA National Executive since 2006 and is the out-going president O Passionate about school libraries and the difference librarians can make in teaching and learning outcomes.
  3. The Hargest Timeline O 2005-08 Teacher Designed Schools Project O 2006 Curriculum Alignment Project O 2006 Work began on Info Lit at Hargest O 2007-08 Information Literacy Project O 2007 Info Lit Y9 Module Trial – 3 depts. O 2008 Info Lit Modules Y9 Eng., Y10 Social St O 2009 Tertiary Prep planning O 2010 Tertiary Prep trial O 2010 Online searching module Y8 O 2011 Work beginning on Y8 Info Lit Module
  4. Teacher Designed Schools O Educationalists John Edwards & Bill Martin O Five year programme O Staff develop a shared vision and values system O Research – Seamless Transition group
  5. Curriculum Alignment Project O Information-seeking habits of more than 140 1st year polytechnic students O Also surveyed Y12 & 13 teachers and lecturers of 1st year tertiary students O Results of the survey
  6. First Steps O Imagine … dream … brainstorm … discuss … O Think big – work small O Identify your flock-mates O Who are your potential collaborators? O Test the waters O Look at the
  7. Literacy, Literacy everywhere! O Information Literacy O Digital Literacy O Visual Literacy O Critical Literacy O Transliteracy O It’s a moving feast! But they all link to libraries
  8. The Basics O Research cycle process O List of good examples O Bibliographic style with examples
  9. Trials O Year 9 Information Literacy Module O 3 depts. – English, Science & Social Studies Outcome: Embed skills into an assignment that can be assessed O Tertiary Prep O Y13 students – voluntary in their own time Outcome: Interest there but need to investigate timing
  10. Otago/Southland Information Literacy Project O 18 month project developed as result of Curriculum Alignment Project O Joint National Library, Otago University, College of Education & Ministry of Education O 7 schools across Otago and Southland participated O Focus on Year 8 students O Emphasis on collaborative work between teachers and librarians
  11. Year 9 O Info Lit Module O Trial in 2007 O Module taught through English since 2008 O Print researching focus O Databases O Introductory session through Science classes O Orientation O Finding resources in library using call numbers O Finding information in encyclopaedias using quiz
  12. Year 10 O Info Lit Module O Taught through Social Studies since 2008 O On line researching focus O Databases O Specific work using Health and Wellness Resource Centre in Science
  13. Years 11-13 O Targeted teaching based on assignments of: O Citation O Selecting resources O Searching databases O Using search engines O Google Scholar O Note taking
  14. Year 8 O On line searching unit O Evaluating websites O Searching strategies O Using Google O Library Passport O Working on series of library sessions O Info Lit Module O Work beginning on this in 2011
  15. Tertiary Prep O Tutorials offered to Y13 students in their study periods on voluntary basis O Trial in 2010 O Working with Otago University Library O Topics covered: O The Information Society O Note taking O Citations O Advanced online searching O Study skills and groups O Mind Mapping O How to get the best out of your academic library
  16. Nuts and Bolts O Whole school, department, year level, class, teacher O Planning O Collaboration O Evaluation

Editor's Notes

  1. Wanted to put this in to show the length of time and the progression of work done
  2. Gives staff the opportunity to shape the direction and focus of the schoolSeamless Transition Group – looked at teaching IL across campuses, within departments, across year levels and subject areasFrom all research undertaken all staff voted – in the Action for 2008 list, Information Literacy was rated 3rd with 71% of staff vote. On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest) Impact on Student Learning rated a 5
  3. Results presented in Dunedin in February 2006Teachers and lecturers rated students ability to decide/understand (46-59%), find/search (39-66%), Use/select/evaluate (41-63%), acknowledge use (29-53%Students rated themselves 88%, 79%, 81%, 82%Actual results were: 43%, 30%, 34%, 37%
  4. Spend some time developing your own ideal – what you would like it to look likeOnly tackle one thing at a time thoughTake time to consolidate before moving on to the next stageErica McWilliam – liked-minded colleagues = flockmates (probably only 2 or 3). Share dreams, brainstorm, celebrate successes and vent when things don’t go the way you plannedThink about potential collaborators on staff. Who do you already have a good relationship with? Who could you work with? Who might be open to working with you?Plan something simple and test it out
  5. Getting to grips with the lingo is important. Get good definitions of all the different types of literacy as it will help in your planning