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K 16 2004


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2004 presentation at the K-16 Central PA Information Literacy Network

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K 16 2004

  1. 1. Building a Community of Lifelong Learners: Connecting K-12 and College Information Literacy Standards Ellysa Stern Cahoy Information Literacy Librarian Penn State University November 3, 2004
  2. 2. Today’s Presentation <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Comparing the AASL/AECT and ACRL Information Literacy Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of K-20 Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>What Can SLMSs do? </li></ul><ul><li>What Can Academic Librarians do? </li></ul><ul><li>Questions / Comments </li></ul>
  3. 3. Comparing the Standards <ul><li>K-12: Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning (AASL/AECT, 1998) </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Secondary: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ACRL, 2000) </li></ul>
  4. 5. Comparing the Standards <ul><li>AASL/AECT K-12 Standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive in scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address “ appreciation of literature and other creative expressions of information” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasize the development of the student as an independent learner and a socially responsible person </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Comparing the Standards <ul><li>ACRL Post-Secondary Standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost entirely focused on cognitive skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed as a work-in-progress to be revisited </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly practical , with detailed competencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be viewed as a “continuum of the AASL/AECT standards” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Why Do We Need to Know About the ACRL Standards? <ul><li>A model for K-12/College collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>With the AASL standards, represents a complete picture of the information competencies that our students must learn </li></ul><ul><li>Lend clarity and added detail to skills defined in the AASL standards </li></ul>
  7. 8. What Isn’t Covered in the ACRL Standards? <ul><li>Affective Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do your students feel about the library and academic research? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Anxiety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Four Causes of Library Anxiety (Mellon, 1986) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the size of the library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a lack of knowledge about where things are located </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>how to begin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>what to do </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Examples of K-20 Collaboration <ul><li>Nationally: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AASL/ACRL Blueprint for Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AASL/ACRL Information Literacy Task Force </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>K-16 Councils </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( North Central PA Regional K-16 Council ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PSU Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. K-16 Councils Statewide
  10. 11. K-20 Library Collaboration <ul><li>Collaborative Models </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Library “Warmth Seminar” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Field Trip to an academic library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperative borrowing privileges </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. What Can SLMSs Do? <ul><li>Evaluate the scope and sequence of your library’s curriculum in relation to each set of standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selecting an appropriate academic research topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delineating between freely available Web resources and articles available via online subscription databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizing concepts rather than processes </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. What Can SLMSs Do? <ul><li>Reach out to other schools in your area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact an academic librarian about bringing your students in for a tour/instruction session </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with librarians at other educational levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider the information literacy skills that are being addressed above and below the grade levels that you reach. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. What Can SLMSs Do? <ul><li>Explore and implement performance-based assessment methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research logs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Portfolios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assessment examples and strategies for implementation are detailed in Information Power </li></ul>
  14. 15. What Can Public Librarians Do? <ul><li>Develop and promote programs for college-bound students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Development programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homework Assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reinforce within school-age patrons </li></ul><ul><li> a love of libraries and lifelong learning </li></ul>
  15. 16. What Can Academic Librarians Do? <ul><li>Reach out to local SLMSs to form collaborative partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for freshmen and new students to get to know the library in a fun, non-threatening atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Include information competencies as a graduation requirement </li></ul>
  16. 17. The Academic Library Today
  17. 18. Which One is Your Typical College Librarian?
  18. 19. Today’s academic library: an oasis of quiet, intellectual reflection…
  19. 20. Or a fun, exciting place with lots of friendly people to help you?
  20. 21. Can we introduce our students to the excitement and rigors of academic research…
  21. 22. … Without overwhelming them in the process?
  22. 23. YES WE CAN! Provided that we work together to bridge the K-12/College divide!
  23. 24. Questions / Comments? Ellysa Stern Cahoy Information Literacy Librarian Penn State University [email_address]