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Saturday, April 21 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Expectation vs. Reality in the High School to College Transition: Working Together to Bridge the Gaps

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How might we work together across the K-20 continuum to better serve students with information literacy instruction? Academic librarians have reported that students have increasing deficiencies in information literacy competency when they start college. In order to inform our instruction, librarians at Eastern Oregon University surveyed first-year students for the past four years about their knowledge and understanding of library research and information literacy concepts. This presentation will report on the findings of this survey, and compare them to the Oregon School Library Standards for grades 12-13 (soon to be released) as a way to spark ideas about improving the transition from high school to college.

Following the presentation portion of the session, librarians and paraprofessionals from K-12 schools and academic librarians are invited to work together to brainstorm and identify strategies for student success across the continuum. Because many school districts in Oregon, and particularly in Eastern Oregon, do not have teacher-librarians on staff, session participants will explore ways in which OLA, OASL, academic and school librarians could support practicing teachers who provide information literacy instruction to help college bound students be better prepared.


Sally Mielke

Associate Professor - Library, Eastern Oregon University
A former K-12 librarian, Sally Mielke is Collections & Instruction librarian and liaison to the College of Education at Eastern Oregon University.
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Sarah Ralston

Assistant Professor - Library, Eastern Oregon University
Sarah Ralston is an instruction librarian who teaches credit-bearing information literacy courses primarily in the First Year Experience (FYE) program at Eastern Oregon University.


Saturday April 21, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am PDT
Joplin/Seeger Hilton Eugene Conference Center, 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401-2667 USA