College & Career Readiness: Information Literacy Skills Needed By College Bound Students

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A presentation delivered by Julie Arensdorf, Instruction Services Librarian at Loras College, during a Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) Teacher Librarian Update in Elkader, Iowa on March 4, 2014, on behalf of the Iowa ACRL/K-12 Higher Education Committee.

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<ul><li> 1. College &amp; Career Readiness Information Literacy Skills Needed By College Bound StudentsIL</li></ul> <p> 2. I would be interested in one of the following offered by a teacher librarian and an academic librarian Mini-conference Workshop offered at my local AEA Webinar Online tutorial OtherK-16 School Librarian Survey135 RESPONDENTSIL 3. THE FOCUS Research Skills College Preparedness CollaborationIL 4. THE OUTCOMES Develop pathways for building academic and teacher librarian collaborations and outreach projects Understand the information literacy skills expected of students at the college levelIL 5. THE END GOAL: ensure student success in the freshman year of college and beyondIL 6. Data What do national and local assessments tell us about student IL skills?IL 7. THE NUMBERS | NATIONAL Project Information Literacy The average college library had 19x as many online library databases and 9x as many books as the average high school library 74% of students said they struggled with selecting keywords and formulating efficient search queries, and 57% found it difficult to sort through irrelevant results from online searchesIL 8. THE NUMBERS | NATIONAL Project Information Literacy Most freshmen said their research competencies from high school were inadequate for college work Freshmen had written so few high school research papers that they had a very limited understanding of what the research process entails and how libraries could helpIL 9. THE NUMBERS | NATIONAL 2006 ICT Literacy Assessment: 44% identified a research statement that captured the demands of the assignment 40% entered multiple search terms to correctly narrow a web search 35% were able to correctly narrow a broad searchIL 10. THE NUMBERS | NATIONAL 2006 ICT Literacy Assessment: 12% used points directly related to their persuasive argument in a visual presentation &gt;50% did not understand how to take large amounts of information and sort it for clarification purposesIL 11. THE NUMBERS | LOCAL Wartburg College 2009 IL Assessment: 46% recognized that a personal web page is not an appropriate scholarly source. 49% identified the parts of a bibliographic citation. 37% did not recognize that writers include citations when paraphrasing.IL 12. THE NUMBERS | LOCAL Wartburg College 2009 IL Assessment: 29% understood the Boolean terms AND, OR, and NOT 30% of students reported that they had written 3 or fewer papers in high school that required citationsIL 13. THE NUMBERS | LOCAL U of Dubuque TRAILS Test: Average score percentages were between 61%-69% Lower scores were found in the areas of copyright, quoting, paraphrasing, and biasIL 14. WEIGH IN: Given that we have all been teaching students these skills, how can we work together to bridge the gap and improve the data?What have you been doing? What have others been doing?IL 15. Sample Assignments What is required of first-year college students?IL 16. FOR DISCUSSION Similar expectations Different expectations Known issues that would prevent a student from being successfulIL 17. WEIGH IN: What are some of the key skills/themes within these assignments?IL 18. Collaboration What does a successful partnership look like?IL 19. I would be interested in working with an academic librarian in the following ways: Inquiry lessonsResearch skills Citations DatabasesCollege preparedness Lesson plans for instruction OtherK-16 School Librarian Survey135 RESPONDENTSIL 20. EXAMPLE Grand View U + Des Moines Area HS Help senior AP students prepare for college Grand View librarians prepared presentation, activities, handouts Used college-level assignments How would I find sources for this? What parts dont I understand?IL 21. EXAMPLE Briar Cliff U + Sioux City HS Video of Sioux City high school student talking about his experience working with Briar Cliff staff Loras College + Western Dubuque HS Others??IL 22. ACTIVITIES AP class research day Collaborative English research paper Research scavenger hunt Future career research projectIL 23. THE END GOAL: ensure student success in the freshman year of college and beyondIL 24. Questions How can we help you?IL 25. CONTACT Julie Arensdorf Instruction Services Librarian Loras Collegejulie.arensdorf@loras.edu 563.588.7917Thank you for sharing your time with me!IL 26. REFERENCES Educational Testing Service. (2006). 2006 ICT Literacy Assessment Preliminary Findings. Head, A. J. (December 4, 2013). Learning the ropes: How freshmen conduct course research once they enter college. Project Information Literacy Research Report. University of Washington Information School.IL </p>