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High School to College - the Information Literacy Gap: Home

Presentation at the NNYLN Conference on October 6, 2009

Panal Discussion

  “Secondary school librarians and college and university librarians share a responsibility to prepare high school students for the different resources, facilities and responsibilities they will face as they move on to college.  Join a mix of school and academic librarians for a discussion of developing strategies to better coordinate, integrate, and improve education for secondary school through college students. “

The Players

The Issues

The Framework:

  • K-12 and Higher Education are two separate systems
    • Each system is responsible for covering its own standards
    • The standards are created independently of each other
    • Information Literacy has been an add-on rather than a primary componant for many years
    • Information Literacy is not "owned" by the faculty the way the content areas are


The "deciders"

  • At the K-12 level, the state learning standards drive all - Administrators focus time, energy, and money to meet the standards and teachers must cover that material
  • In higher education, faculty own their courses - this individual academic freedom in practice often interferes with attempts to standardize elements for all students
  • Librarians - not deciders, but support personnel


The cyclical nature of the problem:

If we don't succeed in teaching college students (especially teacher education students) the value and importance if information literacy, they will not be inclined or able to teach it in the K-12 system when they become teachers.

The Solutions

The challenge in aligning exectations in Information Literacy across K-16 is now a well-known and acknowledged problem.  Many groups are interested in addressing the issue at local and state levels, as well as national.

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