Reach for excellence: information literacy supports widening participation. Schneider
Reach for Excellence:
Information Literacy supports
Information Literacy Officer
Outline of today's session
Looking to the future
The Reach for Excellence programme:
Provides support to young people who are:
Year 12 and 13 students from schools all over Yorkshire
Have the academic potential for study at a leading research-led
From disadvantaged backgrounds
The programme offers:
Subject specific taster sessions
Impartial pre-entry guidance
5 day residential summer school.
Study skills workshops Where we fit in!
How did the Library get involved?
We were asked!
What did they want?
Research and referencing skills workshop
What did we think?
An opportunity to further our commitment to widening
A great way to introduce essential information literacy skills
An opportunity to gauge current skills and knowledge of
students before they get to university
What did we do?
Design a 2 hr workshop that was full of activities,
discussions and even prizes!
Librarian, Library Assistant, programme officer,
student support (real undergraduates)
Where it comes from
What to look for
Show your sources
How were they researching now?
Last time you researched a piece of college work:
Which resources did you use
to find information?
Why did you use them?
Often the first thing that
Easy to use, quick, lots of
Where does knowledge come from?
Dr Arthur has carried out some
important research people around the
world would like to read. In which
order will his research appear in
these different types of publication?
References in other books
Evaluation criteria Score out of 10 & reason for mark
Total marks out of 50:
Evaluating information on the web
Referencing and plagiarism
What is a reference for? - discussion
Pub quiz – teams and prizes
During one of his regular lectures, your tutor refers to
the latest and still unpublished results of his
experiments. You decide to mention these results in
your essay for another course, do you have to cite it?
How has the workshop changed?
Ice breaker- What would they expect to find in a
Books, Computers, Librarians- confusing, complex!
Information that’s more reliable then the internet
A chance to get out and about in the library
“Find and seek”- given an adapted floor plan and 12
questions, instead of a tour.
Really enjoyed by the students
They got a sense of how an academic library runs
Encouraged them to use their library cards after the session
as it was now less intimidating
Did the students actually learn anything?
The library wasn’t as
daunting as I thought
Not all websites
Don’t always trust
How uni libraries work
Discovered Google Scholar EVALUATE!
What did we learn?
Don’t underestimate the value of giving students a
chance to actually explore the Library
Snap-shot of pre-university students’ skills
Knowledge gained used in staff development training
session: “Googling for a degree? Is the web changing
student study behaviour?”
Experience and knowledge gained can be shared with
colleagues to inform the design of induction sessions for
It is beneficial to work in partnership with the
University to further our commitment to widening
Run the workshop again this year
Evaluate the session and make changes for next year
Think about running a second session with an
academic skills advisor covering academic writing
skills and referencing (including plagiarism)
Share experiences with colleagues in the Library
Meet with all involved in the Reach for Excellence
Programme and discuss long term plans