This session will explore the current state of IL education for rising college students, including how well IL instruction in high school aligns with the expectations and demands of college curricula. The researchers will share results from a study exploring what the expectations for information literacy abilities are at the college level, and what students are taught in high school. The study involved an initial survey to academic librarians asking which information literacy skills they believe to be most important for incoming college students, and which competencies they believe to be most lacking, as well as which information literacy competencies they would most like to see taught at the high school level. A parallel survey of high school librarians asked them which competencies they actually teach, which competencies they believe will be most important to their students’ college success, and at what level (high school or college) they believe the competencies should be taught. The session will will conclude with recommendations for increasing coordination in the K16 curricula in order to better bridge the skills gap.
1. Exploring high school and college instructors’ understanding of each other’s expectations for and approaches to IL for their students
2. Identifying approaches to improve the high school to college transition with regard to information literacy.
Hall: Newburyport T120