Presentations (20 min)
Gaining Ground: Building Lifelong Information Literacy Skills
Building Lifelong Information Literacy Skills is a campus-community bridge program designed by University of Wisconsin - La Crosse librarians to bring awareness to and application of lifelong information literacy skills for local high school students as they transition to college.
Becoming solidly information literate takes more investment and training than is possible in one session. However, through group work and active learning activities, this workshop introduced vital notions of one’s place and responsibilities in an information culture. By strengthening critical thinking skills, participants advanced towards becoming more intuitive, efficient and knowledgeable information consumers in the complex information environment that they must navigate. Participants also learned tangible and concise information seeking skills, and tips and tricks for successful navigation of the many information sources available.
In addition to creating a campus-community bridge, an important aspect of the GainingGroundprogramwasassessment. The librarians involved were interested in measuring the effectiveness of the program and designed a pre/post-test assessment to accomplish this task. While the assessments were identical, the pre-test results allowed librarians to understand the Gaining Ground participants’ pre-existing information literacy knowledge, while the post-test allowed them to see the areas in which participants had improved throughout the day. Together, both sets of assessment data enabled librarians to measure how well the his session will describe a State Library pilot project to create a computer skills cooperative in Downtown Inglewood between several institutions, the Inglewood Public Library, the South Bay One-Stop Career Center, the Inglewood Adult School and West Los Angeles Community College. Using a hired Computer Literacy Coordinator, we intend to create a shared calendar of tutoring sessions and basic computer skills classes, matching vetted community college students to seniors, job seekers and other adults needing computer training. The coordinator would also be responsible for sampling short term satisfaction and long term outcomes.
Getting Students College-Career Ready
Increasingly, schools are asked to prepare students to be college-career ready. Teacher librarians are well positioned to vanguard this effort because they provide broad physical and intellectual access to rich collections of resources. This year the Yolo County Office of Education has developed a college-career readiness curriculum for grades 5-12, with 4-8 lessons for each grade. The presenter serves on that committee so that information and digital literacy would be incorporated into the curriculum. This session explains the curriculum, and suggest ways that teacher librarians can implement this curriculum in collaboration with classroom teachers, counselors, and other school community members.
A Library Bridge to College
This session would present an initiative by Inland Empire Area librarians at the high school, college and university levels to develop a library bridge program to increase the college readiness of Inland area high school students. The organization, the Inland Library Collaboration Roundtable, is working to develop or revise lesson plans and other resources designed to foster the information literacy skills students will need when they arrive at college.