First-Year Students & Libraries: Assessing The Impact Of Information Literacy
Challenge - Helping first-year students navigate and filter through information for academic success
One major issue facing today’s first year student is the use and understanding of the information is thrust at us. It is not always that we seek material for research; material is forced on us through social media, web apps, and email. Teaching students and faculty to understand how to gauge and filter this onslaught will be part of the overall presentation.
I want audience members to be able to understand and measure the effectiveness of Library Instruction as it relates to the first-year students. This can be accomplished by analyzing the participants against their course successes, as well as their readiness for greater academic challenges.
Shigeru Aoyagi, Chief, Division of Basic Education, UNESCO, stated that: “For all societies, Information Literacy is becoming an increasingly important component of not only literacy policies and strategies, but also of global policies to promote human development.”
Both community college and four-year institutions have longstanding traditions of working with instructors needing Library instruction, and this tradition has created an atmosphere of both faculty and students requiring true understanding of Information Literacy. At the heart of information literacy is understanding and problem-solving. That, according to the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), involves asking questions and seeking answers, finding information, formulating opinions, evaluating sources and making decisions fostering successful learning. Items such as the difference between high school “reports” and college “research” papers often confound the first-year student, and information literacy plays a key role in that student’s understandings and expectations as they relate to the discovery of information and how that information is produced and valued. These Information Literacy programs are more than a class; they are a journey in educating the first-year student in developing and refine search strategies, as well as managing and organizing searching processes and results. Instructor are charged with educating the first-year student on what is expected from them as college students, and with this process in place the faculty can be assured that the assessment process will have a clear outcome, as well as clean and clear documentation. In turn, the students they produce are confident individuals and responsible citizens.
Join us to learn how early and continued exposure to the academic library and all of its resources will increase academic preparedness and college readiness, as being able to navigate one’s way through the “infodemic” of information clogging academic pathways. Participants will also learn how to measure the effectiveness of library instruction as it relates to the first-year student and acquire the knowledge and resources needed to assist students to achieve academic and career success.
- Understand how early and continued exposure to the academic library and all of its resources will increase academic preparedness, degree understanding, and the steps necessary to achieve overall college readiness
- Be able to understand and measure the effectiveness of Library Instruction as it relates to the first-year student by analyzing the participants against their course successes, as well as their readiness for greater academic challenges
- Leave this presentation with the knowledge and resources needed (and presently used) to help students achieve academic and eventually career success
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Assessment Center
- First-Year Experience Coordinators
- First-Year Experience Instructors
- Retention Specialist
- Library Services/Librarians
- Retention Specialist
- Student Services/Affairs
All students can think, but the ability to think critically opens up more doors academically, as well as professionally.
Kent Seaver has 24 years of experience in the field of student assessment, learning resources and academic success. He has enjoyed success in working with the new to college student, home school students, transfer students, and returning student veterans. He is presently the Director of Academic Operations at the University of Texas at Dallas for the Jindal School of Management. In that role he has worked diligently to ensure that student success is a top priority in terms of completion, including but not limited to alumni and student mentoring, assessment impact, as well as program and information literacy. Kent has researched the impact information literacy has on the current landscape of higher education, as well as the work force placement impacts and advising successes related to their educational requirements. Kent has written articles dealing with prior learning, student success and information literacy for the American Technical Education Association, Library Intelligence, NACADA and Military Advanced Education.
Bio current as of February 2023
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