College libraries play a critical role in the ongoing success of the students they serve. When facilitating the educational and research tools that help students prepare for successful careers upon college completion, who better to be intimately involved than the professionals who choose, examine, and use these resources on a daily basis? This webinar will explore how college librarians, their resources, services, and knowledge can be better harnessed by higher education in order to help students achieve success in college and in life after college.
Participants will take a close look at a method developed at the North Lake College Library (NLCL) that addresses career readiness in First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students. In response to the new 2012-2017 Texas Statewide Developmental Education Plan, NLCL incorporated career readiness tools, online- and database-driven resources, and pathways into existing library-driven instruction classes with a purpose to assist students, as well as the college as a whole, in achieving success. The curriculum is based on National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA)’s Eight Components of College and Career Readiness. It focuses specifically on Career Exploration and Selection Processes, providing early and ongoing exposure to experiences and information necessary to make informed career decisions; Career Assessments that promote preparation, participation, and performance in career assessments by all students; and Career/Workforce Admission Processes that ensure students and families have an early and ongoing understanding of career pathway and admission processes. The goal is to help both students and their families make post-secondary decisions that are the best fit for future goals, aspirations, and interests.
- Learn how early and continued exposure to career readiness via the college library will increase awareness and completion of the academic steps necessary to achieve career readiness
- Discuss the curriculum at North Lake College Library, which is based on National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA)’s Eight Components of College and Career Readiness
- Understand how to measure the effectiveness of library career instruction by analyzing the participants against their transfer, graduation, and employment success
- Leave with the knowledge and resources needed (and presently used at North Lake College Library) to allow student success to be expanded from the admission and registration wings into the areas that are equipped to assist students achieve both student and career success
- 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Career Services
- Marketing Staff
- Online Learning
- Retention Specialists