Presentation Title

Collaborating beyond the Campus: University Librarians in the K-12 Classroom

Location

Room 1002

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

The challenge of developing information literate college students begins long before freshmen enter the university classroom. However as tight budgets force many K-12 districts to cut important information resources, many high school graduates may be missing foundational research skills when they arrive on campus. This presentation will detail an ongoing collaboration between academic librarians, an education professor, public librarians, and a middle school teacher to help fill this gap by providing basic information literacy workshops for sixth-grade students. In weekly workshops the sixth-graders work alongside university education majors to develop research questions, locate information, evaluate sources, and integrate findings into presentations; these are then showcased each semester in an exhibition event on the university campus. The presenters, two academic librarians and an education professor, will discuss the process of collaborating on this initiative, changes and improvements to the workshop curriculum, and a multi-faceted approach to assessment. Attendees will be able to identify methods of engaging both middle school and university students with research skills, and discover new ideas about how to move collaborative information literacy initiatives beyond the campus and into the community.

Presentation Description

The challenge of developing information literate college students begins long before freshmen enter the university classroom. This presentation will detail a unique collaboration between academic librarians, an education professor, public librarians, and a middle school teacher to provide foundational information literacy workshops for sixth-grade students. Attendees will be able to identify instructional methods for engaging both middle school and university students with research skills, and discover new ideas about how to move collaborative information literacy initiatives beyond the campus and into the community.

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Sep 26th, 9:45 AM Sep 26th, 11:00 AM

Collaborating beyond the Campus: University Librarians in the K-12 Classroom

Room 1002

The challenge of developing information literate college students begins long before freshmen enter the university classroom. However as tight budgets force many K-12 districts to cut important information resources, many high school graduates may be missing foundational research skills when they arrive on campus. This presentation will detail an ongoing collaboration between academic librarians, an education professor, public librarians, and a middle school teacher to help fill this gap by providing basic information literacy workshops for sixth-grade students. In weekly workshops the sixth-graders work alongside university education majors to develop research questions, locate information, evaluate sources, and integrate findings into presentations; these are then showcased each semester in an exhibition event on the university campus. The presenters, two academic librarians and an education professor, will discuss the process of collaborating on this initiative, changes and improvements to the workshop curriculum, and a multi-faceted approach to assessment. Attendees will be able to identify methods of engaging both middle school and university students with research skills, and discover new ideas about how to move collaborative information literacy initiatives beyond the campus and into the community.