Student Information Skills How Can the Library Help? Dana Longley, Manager of Library Services
The Need <ul><li>87% of students are “information illiterate”  1 </li></ul><ul><li>89% use search engines to start researc...
Student Research Behavior <ul><li>Primary student sources: textbooks and Google 1   </li></ul><ul><li>Tend not to use “lib...
A Greater Cause? “ the key to a democratic society is the ability of the population to access and handle information effec...
<ul><li>What information skills should a successful student (and citizen) possess? </li></ul><ul><li>Are students given en...
Information Interaction <ul><li>In any form </li></ul><ul><li>Independent of platform / tool </li></ul><ul><li>Requires: <...
<ul><li>WHEN: recognize need </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT: analyze need </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE: locate </li></ul><ul><li>WHY: e...
@ Empire State College GEAR: Basic Communication “ Approaches”   = Sources may be presented  without careful analysis , an...
Core Competencies Data source: Empire State College Fact Book, Eighth Edition 2008-09, p. 96 GEAR: Information Management:
GEAR: Historical Studies Data source: Empire State College Fact Book, Sixth Edition 2006-07, p. 116
Obstacles <ul><li>18,000+ students : 3 FT librarians </li></ul><ul><li>+270% reference volume last 5 years </li></ul><ul><...
Faculty Role? <ul><li>&quot;Professional literature indicates that, when faculty </li></ul><ul><li>members place value and...
Library Services <ul><li>Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials  </li></ul><ul><li>S...
Collaborate? <ul><li>Scalable, reusable </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment-integrated </li></ul><ul><li>Real world-based  </li><...
Contact Me to Talk More <ul><li>Dana Longley </li></ul><ul><li>Manager of Library Services </li></ul><ul><li>[email_addres...
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Discussion on Information Literacy for Faculty at Empire State College

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Slides for a 1.25 hr internal college conference session I did for faculty, staff and admins, trying to highlight the dire need for more information literacy efforts college-wide and to highlight existing library services that may help, but that they might not be aware of. I also want to hopefully create more opportunities for collaboration between the library and our faculty.

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  • Study: 2,318 college students on six campuses across the U.S. in the spring of 2009.
  • Photo via Flickr creative commons: Right: by L S G: http://www.flickr.com/photos/l_s_g/4407672870/
  • IL can be seen as a prerequisite for lifelong learning! Info skills are more than library skills! Information age: data, information &amp; authority are liquid , easily manipulated – ability to filter &amp; evaluate is essential Creative Commons image by Network Osaka: http://www.flickr.com/photos/networkosaka/3199354666/
  • Photo credit: Woman Inspecting Transistor, 1948 © Bettmann/CORBIS
  • 2006-2007 assessment of Historical Studies student work samples found that students met or exceeded standards in regards to research skills less than 50% of the time on all fronts: proper use of sources: 40% conducting research: 30% diversity of materials: 23%
  • By the way, if you are using a research assignment where students will be coming to the library, let us know (what the assignment is and the due dates, if possible) – we can provide much more relevant help to the students if we have this information in hand.
  • Other possibilities (that would probably require more librarians): Parallel to select capstone/research courses: required information literacy credit courses or add-on modules that tie directly into course term assignments? Information Skills “Bootcamps” – online or residency-style intensive studies (2 days/ 2 weeks, etc.) covering all aspect of research processes Photo via CC license by Leo Reynolds, www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/167559345/
  • Photo credit: We Can Do It! Poster by J. Howard Miller © CORBIS
  • Discussion on Information Literacy for Faculty at Empire State College

    1. 1. Student Information Skills How Can the Library Help? Dana Longley, Manager of Library Services
    2. 2. The Need <ul><li>87% of students are “information illiterate” 1 </li></ul><ul><li>89% use search engines to start research </li></ul><ul><li>(2% use library web site) 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Foster, A. (2006). Students Fall Short on 'Information Literacy,' Educational Testing Service's Study Finds. Chronicle of Higher Education , 53 (10), A36. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database: http://bit.ly/cnxwEx </li></ul><ul><li>College Students’ Perceptions of the Libraries and Information Resources: A Report to the OCLC Membership. Dublin, OH: OCLC, 2006: http://www.oclc.org/reports/perceptionscollege.htm </li></ul>
    3. 3. Student Research Behavior <ul><li>Primary student sources: textbooks and Google 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Tend not to use “library services that require interacting with librarians.” 2 </li></ul><ul><li>“ miss opportunities that college education provides for exploration, discovery, and deep learning .” 2 </li></ul><ul><li>A. Head and M. Eisenberg, &quot;Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age,&quot; Project Information Literacy Progress Report, Information School, Univ. of Washington, Dec 1, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharon A. Weiner, “Information Literacy: A Neglected Core Competency,” EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 33(1), 2010. </li></ul>
    4. 4. A Greater Cause? “ the key to a democratic society is the ability of the population to access and handle information effectively and efficiently.” - William Badke From: Badke, W. (2010). Foundations of Information Literacy: Learning From Paul Zurkowski. Online, 34(1), 48-50. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.
    5. 5. <ul><li>What information skills should a successful student (and citizen) possess? </li></ul><ul><li>Are students given enough opportunities (and motivation) to acquire these skills? </li></ul>Thoughts?
    6. 6. Information Interaction <ul><li>In any form </li></ul><ul><li>Independent of platform / tool </li></ul><ul><li>Requires: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Context & content evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information ethics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical thinking & problem solving </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>WHEN: recognize need </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT: analyze need </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE: locate </li></ul><ul><li>WHY: evaluate / filter </li></ul><ul><li>HOW: use effectively & ethically </li></ul>5 Basic Information Skills
    8. 8. @ Empire State College GEAR: Basic Communication “ Approaches” = Sources may be presented without careful analysis , and it may be inadequately documented Data source: Empire State College Fact Book, Eighth Edition 2008-09, p. 96
    9. 9. Core Competencies Data source: Empire State College Fact Book, Eighth Edition 2008-09, p. 96 GEAR: Information Management:
    10. 10. GEAR: Historical Studies Data source: Empire State College Fact Book, Sixth Edition 2006-07, p. 116
    11. 11. Obstacles <ul><li>18,000+ students : 3 FT librarians </li></ul><ul><li>+270% reference volume last 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching information skills = time & effort </li></ul>
    12. 12. Faculty Role? <ul><li>&quot;Professional literature indicates that, when faculty </li></ul><ul><li>members place value and emphasis on the library, </li></ul><ul><li>so will their students...from the teaching methods </li></ul><ul><li>faculty use, to their choice of class activities and </li></ul><ul><li>assignments, as well as their own personal use of </li></ul><ul><li>the library” </li></ul><ul><li>Cahoy, Ellysa Stern, and Lesley Mutinta Moyo. &quot;Faculty Perspectives on E-Learners' Library Research Needs.&quot; Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning 2.4 (2007): 1-17. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Library Services <ul><li>Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Course Development Consults </li></ul><ul><li>Online Office Hours (coming) </li></ul><ul><li>Embeddable Library “Nuggets” (coming) </li></ul>
    14. 14. Collaborate? <ul><li>Scalable, reusable </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment-integrated </li></ul><ul><li>Real world-based </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment design </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Other ideas? </li></ul>
    15. 15. Contact Me to Talk More <ul><li>Dana Longley </li></ul><ul><li>Manager of Library Services </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Ext. 2479 </li></ul><ul><li>Resources: tinyurl.com/allcollege2010 </li></ul>

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