Tilly Smith, from Oxshott, Surrey, England, was holidaying with her parents and 7 year old sister on Mai Khou beach in Phuket, Thailand, when the tide rushed out. As the other toursists watched in amazement, the water began to bubble and the boats on the horizon started to violently bob up and down. Tilly, who had researched and studied tsunamis in a geography class two weeks earlier, quickly realized they were in danger and told her mummy. Her mother alerted hotel staff who immediately evacuated the beach and hotel. The tsunami struck minutes later, but no one on the beach was killed or seriously injured. I really liked this story and not just because it’s entertaining. It really presents information literacy within its true context, that is within the learning process related to whatever topic (in this case, it was geography) and also at the moment learning is realized. Again, I think speaks to how information literacy education is a collaborative process between teachers and school librarians, between professors and academic librarians and of course our students.
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Preparing Students to ThrivePreparing Students to Thriveand Survive in Collegeand Survive in CollegeKen Burhanna, Head of Instructional Services, Kent State UniversitySuzanne Johnson-Varney, Technical Services Librarian, Shawnee State University
Can Information Literacy SaveLives?Girl uses informationliteracy to save 100 lives!
College Faculty Expectations for FYStudents• Savage, S.B., & Sigalet, J.M. (1 June,2011). Library Research Skills SurveyReport: What research skills do collegeprofessors expect first-year students tohave? Kelowna, BC: Okanagan CollegeLibrary. See web link below• Film Project -- Research Skills:Bridging the gap between highschool and post-secondaryhttp://libguides.okanagan.bc.ca/content.php?pid=
College Faculty Expectations for FYStudentsFaculty Expectations in ranked order -- Okanagan Study1) Locate & access information2) Avoid plagiarism3) Recognize when information is needed4) Evaluate for credibility & authority5) Organize & use information effectively6) Differentiate between popular & scholarly7) Differentiate between primary & secondary8) Create research strategy / keep research journal9) Synthesize & build on existing information10)Develop & build on existing skills
Standards Bridge the Way• AASL– Accesses infoeffectively– Evaluates info– Uses accurately– Pursues for personalinterests– Appreciates literature– Contributes to thelearning communityand groups– Uses ethically• ACRL– Defines and articulatesneed– Accesses infoeffectively– Evaluates &incorporates info– Uses for specificpurpose– Uses ethically– Incorporates info intoknowledge base
Strongly Related to College Success:Academic self-confidence: Level of academicself-confidence (of being successful in the academicenvironment). The Role of Academic and Non-Academic Factors in ImprovingCollege Retention, ACT Policy Report (2004)Student Perceptions Matter
Visits to academic librariesWork with college level assignmentsTalk with current college students(former students)Share faculty / instructor expectationsTransitioning to college web sitewww.transitioning2college.orgIncrease Confidence / LowerAnxiety
• Librarians were tremendously underutilized by students.Eight out of 10 of the respondents reported rarely, ifever, turning to librarians for help with course-relatedresearch assignments. • “They’re basically taking how they learned to research inhigh school with them to college, since it’s worked forthem in the past,” Alison J. Head.“Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in theDigital Age,” Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg, ProjectInformation Literacy First Year Report with Student SurveyFindings, University of Washingtons Information School,December 1, 2009Key to Success: Asking for Help
TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessmentof Information Literacy Skillswww.trails-9.org
• Online Card Catalog– OhioLINK ebook content; databases and ejournalscan be accessed through local OPACS– Understanding types of authentication– My AccountSkills that transition with students
• All of the INFOhio databases are available throughOhioLINK– EBSCOHost: Enhanced content purchased at thecollege level by OhioLINK; most schools purchaseeven more content from EBSCO– The Art Collection– Literature Online– Learning Express Library– Mango– Oxford Reference Online– NewsbankINFOhio databases go to college…
• SSU offers Noodle Bib and End Note Web• Students should be aware that there are multipletypes of citation styles• Area of study may determine what citation style isused…..• Sometimes a professor will have students usewhat they preferCitation Tools & Styles
• Text-A-Librarian & LibAnswers …LibGuides• QR Codes• Bitly URL’s• Mobile Apps– EBSCO– LexisNexis– Taylor & FrancisA word about microfilm & fiche….Commonly found technology
• Basic word processing skills are essential• Excel is helpful• PowerPoint will be expected at some point• Content Management Software• Email• Attachments• The “Cloud”• Authentication – again……Computer Skills
• Keeping up with trends is crucial tounderstanding what your students mayencounter when moving to college– RSS Feeds– Twitter– Facebook– LinkedInProfessional Development
TRAILS & Transitioning to College are joining forces!• As part of a grant, we plan to father feedback on theneeds of librarians working with high schoolstudents to strengthen their information literacyefforts and to prepare their students for college.• If you would be willing to provide feedback, let usknow by filling out the form available at the linkbelow:http://tinyurl.com/hs2collegeYour Input Is Needed
ResourcesFaculty Expectations for College Students, The Okanagan Projecthttp://libguides.okanagan.bc.ca/content.php?pid=109335&sid=2234332Research Project Calculator http://www2.infohio.org/rpc/TRAILS – Tool for Real-Time assessment of Information Literacy Skillshttp://www.trails-9.org/TRAILS & Transitioning to College Feedback Volunteer Formhttp://tinyurl.com/hs2collegeTransitioning2College – Helping You Succeedhttp://www.transitioning2college.org/http://www.transitioning2college.org/documents/brians_top_10_firstyear_001.pdf
QuestionsKen Burhanna, Head of Instructional Serviceskburhann@kent.eduSuzanne Johnson-Varney, Technical Services Librarianssvarney@shawnee.edu