The High School to College Transition SIG / Information Literacy Instruction SIG met on Monday, November 4, 2019. The meeting was convened by Tess Hartman-Cullen from SUNY Ulster and featured a live production of the "Beyond CRAAP" webinar, posted below.
The meeting began with the “Beyond CRAAP: An Updated Approach to Source Evaluation,” webinar presented by Mary Thill, Frank Lambert, and James Rosenzweig in which they presented the “WHY Method” of evaluation. Following the webinar, SIG participants and the webinar presenters discussed the approach and how it could be used in the high school or college setting.
The SIG convener explained how she attended a presentation at ALA about the WHY method. This method appealed to her as it was fresh, and did not directly discuss bias which can be challenging to address in the classroom.
Question: Where do the databases fit in?
Question: I’m struggling with the issue of bias. I think everything does have bias or at least a point of view and it is important to address in the classroom. The participant gave an example of a holocaust denier website created by a history professor. Bias is important in this instance. This example demonstrates the need to read laterally. Perhaps lateral reading could be used in conjunction with WHY.
Question: Have you thought of doing a pre and post assessment in order to assess the value impact of library instruction on students’ critical thinking skills?
Question: How do you create the time if you have a 15min one-shot? How do you negotiate for that time?
Question: Can you discuss how this can be used for assessment?
Question: I’ve been telling the students they need to know how to search databases because they need to use the databases in college. But I’d love to expand to talk about these concepts. What’s your advice?
Question: You mention “data talks.” Do we need to be doing more research, producing more data in our profession?
-Consortium for academic and research libraries in Illinois is doing something called CARLI Counts in which member libraries are running different assessment projects. We should do more as a profession to leverage the data. And do more pre and post to really see the impact.
The presenters said they know a lot about what college freshman are using as sources in their papers, but are curious about high school students.
Response from SIG participants:
The presenters are interested in doing some research on what students are doing on the high school level.
The webinar presenters signed off and the participants discussed how this could be applied in the classroom setting.
Next meeting date will likely be in June.