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Concerns of College Faculty Reading comprehension Writing skills Grammar Punctuation & capitalization Organization Research skills Research question Interaction with sources Selecting resources
Academy Student Survey Results 95 students participated 10 academies 1 does not have a library
Academy Student Survey Results Who staffs your library? CategoryStudents Reporting Librarian34 Teacher37 Students26 No Staff17 Other5
Academy Student Survey Results Which resources are available at your school? CategoryStudents Reporting Books87 Periodicals83 Media40 Databases30 Internet70
Academy Student Survey Results 90 of 91 students reported writing at least one research paper, using these resources: CategoryStudents Reporting Books71 Periodicals36 Media13 Databases19 Internet86
Academy Student Survey Results 59% reported receiving training in using library resources 53% have asked a library staff member for assistance
Academy Staff Survey Results Six schools responded 2 librarians 2 teachers 2 principals One reported not having a library
Academy Staff Survey Results Who staffs your library? CategoryReport Librarian0 Teacher1 Students2 No Staff1 Other3
Academy Staff Survey Results Which resources are available at your school? CategoryStudents Reporting Books5 Periodicals5 Media4 Databases0 Internet5
Academy Staff Survey Results 5 schools reported requiring 3 or more research assignments. Library Instruction Only a brief introduction to ninth graders. Nothing formal, but I always try to help them understand how to use the library better. 4 reported no or gave no response at all.
Academy Staff Survey Results Use of state-wide databases = 0 Membership in school librarians professional association = 0
Academy Staff Survey Results Comments No internet access until campus network complete. Library software (library catalog) Article indexing Time management
Additional Issues Internet usage isn’t limited to libraries About 90 percent of children and adolescents ages 5–17 (47 million persons) use computers, and about 59 percent (31 million persons) use the Internet. About three-quarters of 5-year-olds use computers, and over 90 percent of teens (ages 13–17) do so. About 25 percent of 5-year-olds use the Internet, and this number rises to over 50 percent by age 9 and to at least 75 percent by ages 15–17. Matthew DeBell and Chris Chapman, Computer and Internet Use by Children and Adolescents in 2001: Statistical Analysis Report, National Center for Education Statistics, October
Additional Issues The K-16 disconnect Elementary and secondary schools have standards required by law Tertiary institutions create their own standards The two aren’t consulting each other
Additional Issues Dog Year Change (Julie Beth Todarro) Analogy comparing the rapid pace of change in technology to the canine life span where one human year of life equals 7 years for a dog. Students learn the technology faster than we do, but are they learning to use the information wisely and effectively?
Information Literacy Set of abilities Recognize when information is needed Be able to locate, evaluate, and use the information effectively Important because both information and information technology is proliferating and becoming increasingly complex. Basis for lifelong learning and common to all disciplines. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries,
Literacy vs. Fluency 1 a: educated, cultured b: able to read and write 2 a: versed in literature or creative writing : literary b: lucid, polished c: having knowledge or competence educatedculturedliteratureliterarylucid polished
Literacy vs. Fluency 1 a: capable of flowing : fluid b: capable of moving with ease and grace 2 a: capable of using a language easily and accurately b: effortlessly smooth and flowing : polished c: having or showing mastery of a subject or skill fluidpolished
Standard 1 The student is who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively.
Standard 2 The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.
Standard 3 The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.
Standard 4 The student who is an independent learner is information literate and pursues information related to personal interests.
Standard 5 The student who is an independent learner is information literate and appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information.
Standard 6 The student who is an independent learner is information literate and strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.
Standard 7 The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.
Standard 8 The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
Standard 9 The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.