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Preparing students to_survive_and_thrive

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Advice on preparing K-12 students to successfully transition from High School to College. Presented with Ken Burhanna, Head of Instructional Services at Kent State University.

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Preparing students to_survive_and_thrive

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Can Information Literacy SaveLives?Girl uses informationliteracy to save 100 lives!
  3. 3. 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=
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Visits to academic librariesWork with college level assignmentsTalk with current college students(former students)Share faculty / instructor expectationsTransitioning to college web sitewww.transitioning2college.orgIncrease Confidence / LowerAnxiety
  8. 8. • 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
  9. 9. TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessmentof Information Literacy Skillswww.trails-9.org
  10. 10. • Online Card Catalog– OhioLINK ebook content; databases and ejournalscan be accessed through local OPACS– Understanding types of authentication– My AccountSkills that transition with students
  11. 11. • 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…
  12. 12. • 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
  13. 13. Research Project Calculator
  14. 14. • Text-A-Librarian & LibAnswers …LibGuides• QR Codes• Bitly URL’s• Mobile Apps– EBSCO– LexisNexis– Taylor & FrancisA word about microfilm & fiche….Commonly found technology
  15. 15. • 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
  16. 16. • Keeping up with trends is crucial tounderstanding what your students mayencounter when moving to college– RSS Feeds– Twitter– Facebook– LinkedInProfessional Development
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. QuestionsKen Burhanna, Head of Instructional Serviceskburhann@kent.eduSuzanne Johnson-Varney, Technical Services Librarianssvarney@shawnee.edu

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