Academic and school librarians are working towards the same goal - information literate citizens!
Although the tutorials listed here were created for college students, they are also appropriate for teaching high school students.
Help students recognize plagiarism.
Visiting an academic library is not the only way high school librarians and teachers can help their students prepare for college.
If you are limited by time or funding consider the ideas listed on this page to create a college experience in your media center.
Consider inviting guest speakers to talk about all aspects of the college experience. Guests might include college librarian, professor, academic advisor, or current college students.
Outstanding Book Display
Encourage students to read by maintaining an attractive display of classics and best books for young adults from YALSA's annual list. Rotate the titles in the display frequently. Many colleges and universities have common reading programs. Introduce the concept of a common reading to help students understand the purpose of this program. Identify students that are avid readers and enlist them to write book reviews that can be posted with the display. Investigate how to create a podcasts and asks students to record their book reviews. Post the reviews on the library website.
The Classic Research Paper
The research paper is alive and well on college campuses across the nation. Work with a teacher to plan a series of library sessions that occur at crucial points in the research process. Suggested library sessions: selecting and narrowing a topic; brainstorming techniques; searching the catalog; searching the databases; evaluating sources; plagiarism; and citation styles. Students will learn time management skills if you allow them to map out their own timeline for completing the paper.
Spice it up -- ask students to argue a viewpoint rather than just report the facts.
The College Library Online Catalog
Ask students to search the online catalog of a nearby college or university to locate resources on a topic. Teach students about the Library of Congress Classification System.
Teach students how to search the OhioLINK Library catalog and explain the process of requesting materials. Students with a Greater Access Card may request items through OhioLINK and have them sent to their local Cuyahoga County Public Library branch. This is also a good time to explain the inter-library loan services offered by academic libraries.
Introduce students to the research databases they are most likely to encounter at an academic library. Schools with access to INFOhio resources will find that most of the EBSCO databases are good choices for this exercise. Recommended databases include: Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, ERIC, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, Humanities International, and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection.
Discuss the features and limiters in these databases. Use the "scholarly/peer reviewed" limiter to spark a discussion about the difference between popular and peer reviewed sources. Ask students to use the database to locate an article from a popular and a peer reviewed periodical. Instruct students to compare the articles and create a list of how the articles are differ, especially in regards to content.
Librarians have been lighting the way to college and career readiness for decades. With the implementation of the Common Core Standards on the horizon, school librarians have a fresh opportunity to breathe new life into their library instruction programs and enlighten students' minds. During this session the presenter will compare the AASL and ACRL information literacy standards and illuminate their presence in the new Common Core. Using all three standards as a framework, the presenter will share lesson plans designed to teach high school students essential information literacy skills that will help them sparkle and shine in college and the workplace. Participants will have the opportunity to share their lesson plans and discuss best practices for college and career readiness.
OELMA Conference 2012