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Special Interest Group Archive: High School to College Transition 05/16/206

These are the notes from meetings dating back to 2015.

May 16, 2016

Our first meeting was on May 16, 2016! During the World Cafe, we broke into three groups:

  • How to get them into the library
  • Research skills
  • Beyond Google
  • Working with teachers & faculty

See below for notes from each group.

How to get them into the library: NOTES

  • no expectation that HS or public library will be like college
  • [ACTION IDEA] - invite areal college librarians into the high schools
  • let students know that they shouldn't have any expectation
  • super important! The library is a place where you can come to ask questions
  • synthesis - need to learn
  • problem - faculty resistance
  • [ACTION IDEA] set up a workshop to teach the teachers
  • set up one-on-one consultations at the library with librarians
  • in HS, students may be around before or after school, depending on the library
  • a lot of research is taking place outside of the library. 
  • [ACTION IDEA] implement district-wide online library instruction

Research Skills - NOTES

  • modes of thinking that students can learn, no matter their developmental age
  • students' worlds are narrow and they don't necessarily know about certain contexts, then they can't think critically.
  • see: John Oliver's scientific research rant (posted on the right)
  • high school level research tasks are very simple, which doesn't help the transition. 
  • [IDEA] have the students be comfortable being uncomfortable in the research process. (which high schoolers have no experience with due to Regents, Common Core, and other tests where they simply regurgitate answers.)
  • how do you access good research on a state-wide level, like Common Core?
  • [ACTION IDEA] we should have a coalition to speak with high school faculty, admins, and ultimately the Regents Board.
  • [ACTION IDEA] SENYLRC could host a workshop for high school & college faculty & admins, re: info lit & critical thinking skills. 
  • how do online tools like LibGuides affect student learning? 
  • time matters more in high school re: one-to-one research consultations.

Beyond Google - NOTES

  • Getting HS teachers to use resources besides Google and requiring students to do so.
  • [IDEA] teachers should require specific database use.
  • It not so much getting them beyond Google, but understanding how to use Google properly when it comes to research. 
  • teach them critical evaluation from the start
  • [IDEA] use visual tutorials

Working with Teachers & Faculty - NOTES

  • Getting HS teachres to require their students to cite their sources
  • [ACTION IDEA] hold a workshop during professional development or CE about the importance of this. Maybe collaborate with college librarians.
  • [ACTION IDEA] join committees!
  • Working collaboratively with high school colleagues - more collaboration.
  • We should get teachers to attend workshops on how to use databases & resources.
  • Do HS librarians consider ACRL standards or the framework when developing lessons? 
  • [ACTION IDEA] create a joint committee to go over shared standards College: ACRL; HS: IFC, ISTE; English, Science, Social Studies & Math: CCS.
  • Is it possible to do more outreach to schools, or embed librarians in schools?
  • Academic usage of LibGuides & Turn-It-In

John Oliver on Science Communication

Meeting Agenda

Questions raised via sticky note brainstorming...


  • What do incoming freshmen really need to be familiar with re: research?
  • What preparation do HS students get with using / being aware of databases?
  • Do HS students really understand how to avoid plagiraism?
  • how soon do college research projects begin?
  • not sure what research looks like at college today (undergrad was a long time ago!) :)
  • What holds HS students back from thinking for themselves (thinking critically?) - is it because they don't do it much in HS?
  • How important is it for HS students to break away from the 5 paragraph theme?
  • The importance of time management.
  • How can HS teachers better prepare students for college-level study? 
  • Do you find students have trouble with transitioning from Dewey to LOC?


  • Teaching students basic technology / software functions, ie: CTRL-F, basic Word formatting, etc. Are MS/HS, or even elementary school students still taught these skills?
  • Being able to reach a critical mass of freshman in the first year. 
  • What skills seem to be the most lacking in incoming freshman?
  • Kids think they know everything about how to resarch.
  • Addressing the research capabilities of our students


  • Databases vs. Google!
  • Authoritative sources: kids default to Google & Wikipedia.
  • Use books for researchs.
  • Making them aware of proper sources.


  • How to get all classes, at least English to use the library? (Research is primarily done in English class, not in other disciplines.)
  • Which are the most research intensive majors and courses? Is there one discipline, or is it more likely to be by class?
  • Can we get teachers & professors to share assignments / research projects in advance? 


  • Proper citations, citation tools, the purpose of citation, making them familiar with different styles


  • being comfortable with their classmates in the collaborative setting
  • Making students aware of higher ed expectations
  • how to communicate best with students: email social media, etc.)
  • Will they ever realize how noisy they are???

Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian

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  • Go a step further and find a way to bring faculty into the group.
  • Maybe host a meeting at different schools with a topic of the day.
  • have the college librarians come and address the faculty.
  • Different standards for different levels & disciplines – ACRL for college, IFC, CCS, ISDE standards in high school.
  • are the skills that are highlighted in IFC really giving them a building block for ACRL?
  • The group could get together to do that virtually to make sure they correlate.
  • Skill of evaluation and looking critically at sources. Are the freshman in college ready to evaluate sources?
  • The expectations that students are ready for the library falls apart when students enter academic libraries. We need to teach them when to be independent and when to ask for help. Students should get to know all the things that they can do in the library space, including getting help.
  • The depth of the resources depends on the requirements of the teacher.

FOR NEXT TIME, Tuesday, August 16 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Academics could bring samples of research that college freshman are expected to do.

Topics: more about standards, getting faculty and teachers on board, building experiences within the library (either hearing about it, or visiting on site), use college students to talk to high school groups. 


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