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2 Effective & Exciting Information Literacy outreach efforts for international & ESL students John Hickok, MLIS, MA Coordinator of Library Instruction ESL Librarian California State University, Fullerton

3 First session (1 ½ hours): A 3-fold plan for outreaching to international & ESL students

4 Introduction: Demographics : International students in the U.S.-- over HALF A MILLION! : International students in the U.S.-- over HALF A MILLION! : 10.8 MILLION K-12 school children (20%) coming from a non- English speaking home 2006: 10.8 MILLION K-12 school children (20%) coming from a non- English speaking home

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7 Cal State Fullerton, 2008 = 54%

8 Library/Research Skills What kind of library/Research (Information Literacy) skills do these students arrive at universities with? What kind of library/Research (Information Literacy) skills do these students arrive at universities with? From my 10 years of observations: a lacking in these skills among International & ESL students From my 10 years of observations: a lacking in these skills among International & ESL students

9 Yes, but dont homegrown, English-speaking U.S. students likewise lack I.L. skills???

10 Of course. However… Extra challenges: Extra challenges: English unfamiliarity English unfamiliarity Culture shock Culture shock Different academic system (e.g. little independent Research) Different academic system (e.g. little independent Research) Limited experience with libraries/ librarians due to different library conditions in their home countries Limited experience with libraries/ librarians due to different library conditions in their home countries

11 So…what to do? How to outreach to these students?

12 3-fold plan: 1.Do background research about your intl/ESL students countries/cultures… namely, educational & library aspects. 2. Prepare custom outreach guides (online, but print too) for these students 3. Outreach to them, by going to them! (to their clubs, ESL classes, parties, etc.)

13 Background Research

14 1a. Read the professional literature on educational aspects e.g. Teaching and Learning in Korean Classrooms, Asia Pacific Education Review, v4 n2 p e.g. Teaching and Learning in Korean Classrooms, Asia Pacific Education Review, v4 n2 p

15 1b. Read the professional literature on foreign library conditions e.g. Information Literacy in Chinese Higher Education, Library Trends 51 no Fall 2002 e.g. Information Literacy in Chinese Higher Education, Library Trends 51 no Fall 2002

16 1c. Consult campus cultural experts Chicano Resource Center director Chicano Resource Center director Asian or Asian-American Studies faculty Asian or Asian-American Studies faculty Education faculty (Compar. Intl. Educ.) Education faculty (Compar. Intl. Educ.) School/public librarians of local ethnic areas School/public librarians of local ethnic areas Intl Education or ESL Dept. Director Intl Education or ESL Dept. Director Ethnic faculty/staff themselves! Ethnic faculty/staff themselves! (younger/more recent = better) (younger/more recent = better)

17 1d. Query the students themselves (pre-contact) Administer a IL survey to them via their ESL teacher, the Intl Office director, their student club advisor, etc. Administer a IL survey to them via their ESL teacher, the Intl Office director, their student club advisor, etc.

18 1e. And finally… establish contacts with libraries at foreign universities that send many of your Intl students an atypical way of doing this… an atypical way of doing this…

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20 What?! You expect us to go to those lengths?!

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22 If you like to travel, then sure, write a research travel grant…or if on a vacation, visit academic libraries then. If you like to travel, then sure, write a research travel grant…or if on a vacation, visit academic libraries then. But even if you dont travel, you can still make contacts and do this virtually. But even if you dont travel, you can still make contacts and do this virtually.

23 How virtually? 1. Identify demographics at your librarywhat country is most heavily represented? 2. Check with your universitys Intl Relations office and Intl Exchange office to see what partnerships you have

24 3. Then contact those universities libraries from their websites. (English is the de facto international language, so Web pages in English are increasingly commonwith contacts and bilingual staff) (English is the de facto international language, so Web pages in English are increasingly commonwith contacts and bilingual staff)

25 CSUF – Fudan partnership

26 Nanjing University

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28 An optional nice touch: If you have a campus colleague who is bilingual, sending your intro letter bilingually is great! If you have a campus colleague who is bilingual, sending your intro letter bilingually is great!

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30 Another optional nice touch: Webcam with them! Webcam with them! MSN, Yahoo IM, Skype are already very used overseas. MSN, Yahoo IM, Skype are already very used overseas. Then you can show them things, and vica versa! Then you can show them things, and vica versa!

31 For example… CSUFs Cambodian Club

32 Network with them! Learn about their library conditions & instruction programs (if any) Learn about their library conditions & instruction programs (if any) Share with them your instruction programs…and offer to link to your librarys homepage (or special page for them) Share with them your instruction programs…and offer to link to your librarys homepage (or special page for them)

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48 The resulting benefits? You learn more about what kind of library conditions/services exist at certain universities You learn more about what kind of library conditions/services exist at certain universities (CAUTION: dont stereotype the whole country from your 1 university) (CAUTION: dont stereotype the whole country from your 1 university)

49 Both are China!

50 The resulting benefits? They learn about your library, and can better prepare their study- abroad students on what to expect They learn about your library, and can better prepare their study- abroad students on what to expect And you might even meet them, in-person!

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53 Prepare custom outreach guides (print & online) for these students Introduce them to some initial similarities/differences between their home libraries and here- Introduce them to some initial similarities/differences between their home libraries and here- Present library resources on their country, to get them excited to come! Present library resources on their country, to get them excited to come!

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56 Print brochures (bilingual)

57 Circulation Circulation Print brochures Define unfamiliar terms! ILL ILL Citation Citation ERIC ERIC …air fan? …sick? …traffic ticket? …another librarian?

58 Print brochures can also be informal

59 Online guides Get them excited about all the resources in the library about their country (books, periodicals, videos, databases, etc.) Get them excited about all the resources in the library about their country (books, periodicals, videos, databases, etc.) Include links to their home library and home online catalog! Include links to their home library and home online catalog!

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61 Books! Books!

62 Online guides videos! videos!

63 Online guides periodicals! periodicals!

64 Online guide maps! maps!

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66 Outreach to them, by going to them! (their clubs, ESL classes, parties, etc.) Make it fun! Youre not going to give them a library lecture…youre going to celebrate their country! Make it fun! Youre not going to give them a library lecture…youre going to celebrate their country! Then you can weave in info about the library and I.L. elements Then you can weave in info about the library and I.L. elements

67 Spring 2007: Outreach Indonesian club Indonesian club Cambodian club Cambodian club Vietnamese club Vietnamese club Korean students (ESL classes) Korean students (ESL classes) Thai party Thai party

68 Sample advertising to them:

69 Even if you havent traveled… You can still make it fun & appealing! Title it, for example: Cool things about Japan in the Library or Cool things about Japan in the Library or German libraries partnering with us! German libraries partnering with us!

70 Make it appealing!

71 Add some incentives! Popcorn Give-aways Cultural treats Cultural treats

72 But dont forget the I.L…. Have handouts about the library Have handouts about the library Include the URL to your Web guide Include the URL to your Web guide

73 Now its your turn… Do the same at your library!


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