My College Freshman is Your High School Senior

Presenter says she will prepare a LibGuide and upload it to: http://subjectguides.mwcc.edu/nela

Incoming college freshman have wide ranges in their information literacy (IL). Students are often unprepared for research. There is inconsistencies in abilities among classes. Some have some familiarity with evaluating resources, using databases. Others can’t find a book on the shelf. Some have library anxiety and are coming in with negative experiences from public libraries.

At Mt Wachusett (presenter’s school) librarians are trying to raise awareness among faculty of information literacy by using assessment tools developed by librarians. By doing this, faculty are more apt to talk to their classes about IL and work it into their lectures. In addition, they are more likely to invite library staff into the classroom (or arrange a library visit) to assist students. Train faculty and they will sell the product to the students. The OCLC white paper reports that students use what their faculty tell them to use.

One focus is to teach students that librarians are approachable and want to help.

Mt. Wachusett offered events for high school students taking college classes. Students came to the library, listened to the faculty talk about their expectations of students, got to look at a syllabus.

High school students are allowed to use college’s collection. Flyers were sent to high school to extend offers to do library instruction at the high schools.

There are college readiness efforts in MA via Gov. Patrick’s administration. The presenter felt librarians should try to get involved in these efforts.

When presenting to students, try to inject humor to get their attention. Working the room = good instruction.

When teaching students to authenticate their resources (who is the author, how old is the info, what are the author’s sources), choose an interesting library topic to wake the students up like urban legends. “Teaching Information Literacy: 35 Standards-based Exercises for College Students” has other good examples.

Is it necessary to teach style guides when there are tools like Easybibs, noodlebib, refworks, zotero and Facebook applications (CiteMe)? Should time be spent on other IL skills?

What type of search skills are students being taught in high school? Boolean? Natural language? Do they know anything other than Google? Try teaching them the value of taking a moment to think about their search first and to use good keywords.

Draw kids into the library with popular reading and engage them in conversation. Make use of LibGuides to help with fiction Reader’s Advisory as well as for curriculum support

Make connection with your local high school and attempt to collaborate, see what you can come up with that is right for your community.

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One Response

  1. Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

    I’ll be watching you . 🙂

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