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Special Interest Group Archive: High School to College Transition 01/24/2017

These are the notes from meetings dating back to 2015.

January 25, 2017

A concentrated group of High School and College Librarians met on Wednesday, January 25 after the meeting's original date (January 24) was snowed out. The following notes were generated from our discussion:

Notes from the meeting

Embedded Librarianship as a concept...

JC: To get it started, you need to meet one-on-one with the faculty.

TA: she works through the material with the students in their HS.

SF: If you can get the syllabus from every class, then you have an idea of what's coming up. They have one professor on staff who will take and give credit based on student use of the library. 

JC: In high school, you assume more hands-on library work. In college, you give students tools for independent work. Research skills begin in the 9th grade, and teachers should be on board with this. 

JA: You get more teachers using the library resources when you have directives from the Principal and other administrators to ensure that teachers are coming back. 

MS: She has offered to go to the computer lab with teachers, but they don't always take her up on it. Everyone was in agreement that it's best to show up anyway. 

JC: One professor has students sign off on all their sources. A link to that document is on the SUNY Ulster LibGuide here.

MS: It's good to stress that in college students will be expected to use databases. The question is: what about them should they know? 

EH: Are there any research-based classes in high school? HS students probably don't understand the concept of peer review yet, and it might take them 4 years of college to get it. 


JC: Sometimes databases are too high-end. Keywords are important as a basic skill, and there are some good online tutorials for teaching that skill. (See links at left.) 

JC: Students get multiple chances to take the tutorials, and Blackboard saves the highest score. It reinforces good answers. 

TA: Has used the Google game where students get a question and the person who can get to the answer with the fewest results is the winner. 

EH: Has had success with the password game where players have to guess the keyword using only related words.

SUNY New Paltz used a game called "Ghosts in the Library" (see link at left) to get students doing research. 

LF: She used Star Trek themes for her information literacy classes, and the students got really into it. 

RG: Some of the embedded librarians in her district would give one specific piece of info lit that went with the teacher's syllabus. One librarian has all teachers go through a protocol for using library resources. 

MS: The guidance counselors put up a display on college readiness, and all of the questions could be answered at the library. 

Follow-up idea: Can college librarians give presentations to high schoolers? Are there colleges who would be willing to host 11th & 12th graders to show them research tools? 

Also, if guidance counselors know where students are going to college, could we connect them with the librarian at that institution? 


Ideas for a summer & ongoing workshop series for educators to be hosted by Southeastern. This would be a one or two day intensive class, followed up by workshops, and educators would get CTLE credit. 

Keep it close to the "high school to college transition" theme, because BOCES has classes already about public services. 

Everything we teach needs to be student-centered - what is the outcome that will benefit students? 


  • time management
  • first-year experience
  • update on what is currently expected for the college research assignment
  • general research skills, and how to apply them to current discovery tools and general research outside of the library databases.
  • great examples of faculty and librarians working together on curriculum.
  • how to research papers differ in different disciplines? (We could host a panel of professors to talk about their subject areas.)
  • Google & Wikipedia search
  • website evaluation
  • How to teach best practices around plagiarism & paraphrasing
  • Copyright issues
  • Primary Source research (HRVH, National Archives, DPLA)
  • Citations
  • An overview of what is expected of students in college today, and when they should get started with this type of research.
  • ACRL Framework concepts, and Empire State Information Continuum overlaps

We will approach the Instruction Librarians at their February 3rd meeting to get volunteers to teach and to get dates set on the calendar. 


Keywords Video

In Attendance

Carolyn Bennett Glauda Southeastern
Ellie Horowitz Dominican College
Joanna Arkans New Paltz High School
Judy Capurso SUNY - Ulster Community College
Linda Fonda Highland High School
Michele Sherman Monroe Woodbury Central School District
Rebecca Gerald Dutchess BOCES S.L.S S Staff Only
Sharon Fetters St. Thomas Aquinas College

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Monday, May 22, 2017 

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