Creating Info Lit Opportunities in your School


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Presentation at SLANZA Conference July 2011. How information literacy skills are embedded in the curriculum at James Hargest College, Invercargill, New Zealand

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  • Wanted to put this in to show the length of time and the progression of work done
  • 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
  • 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%
  • 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
  • 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
  • Creating Info Lit Opportunities in your School

    1. 1. Creating InformationLiteracy Opportunities in Your School SLANZA Conference, Auckland Senga White James Hargest College 20th July 2011
    2. 2. BackgroundO 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 communicationsO Has been a member of SLANZA National Executive since 2006 and is the out-going presidentO Passionate about school libraries and the difference librarians can make in teaching and learning outcomes.
    3. 3. The Hargest TimelineO 2005-08 Teacher Designed Schools ProjectO 2006 Curriculum Alignment ProjectO 2006 Work began on Info Lit at HargestO 2007-08 Information Literacy ProjectO 2007 Info Lit Y9 Module Trial – 3 depts.O 2008 Info Lit Modules Y9 Eng., Y10 Social StO 2009 Tertiary Prep planningO 2010 Tertiary Prep trialO 2010 Online searching module Y8O 2011 Work beginning on Y8 Info Lit Module
    4. 4. Teacher Designed SchoolsO Educationalists John Edwards & Bill MartinO Five year programmeO Staff develop a shared vision and values systemO Research – Seamless Transition group
    5. 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. 6. First StepsO Imagine … dream … brainstorm … discuss …O Think big – work smallO Identify your flock-matesO Who are your potential collaborators?O Test the watersO Look at the
    7. 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. 8. The BasicsO Research cycle process O List of good examplesO Bibliographic style with examples
    9. 9. TrialsO Year 9 Information Literacy Module O 3 depts. – English, Science & Social Studies Outcome: Embed skills into an assignment that can be assessedO Tertiary Prep O Y13 students – voluntary in their own time Outcome: Interest there but need to investigate timing
    10. 10. Otago/SouthlandInformation Literacy ProjectO 18 month project developed as result of Curriculum Alignment ProjectO Joint National Library, Otago University, College of Education & Ministry of EducationO 7 schools across Otago and Southland participatedO Focus on Year 8 studentsO Emphasis on collaborative work between teachers and librarians
    11. 11. Year 9O Info Lit Module O Trial in 2007 O Module taught through English since 2008 O Print researching focusO Databases O Introductory session through Science classesO Orientation O Finding resources in library using call numbers O Finding information in encyclopaedias using quiz
    12. 12. Year 10O Info Lit Module O Taught through Social Studies since 2008 O On line researching focusO Databases O Specific work using Health and Wellness Resource Centre in Science
    13. 13. Years 11-13O 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. 14. Year 8O On line searching unit O Evaluating websites O Searching strategies O Using GoogleO Library Passport O Working on series of library sessionsO Info Lit Module O Work beginning on this in 2011
    15. 15. Tertiary PrepO Tutorials offered to Y13 students in their study periods on voluntary basisO Trial in 2010O Working with Otago University LibraryO 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. 16. Nuts and BoltsO Whole school, department, year level, class, teacherO PlanningO CollaborationO Evaluation