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UT Libraries Information Literacy Summit

June 14th, 2013


WiFi network: attwifiAccess Code:


Wiki: http://utlibrariesinfolitsummit.pbworks.com

Corral Your Obstacle(s)!

Why? To free ourselves from barriers to our personal goals or development in order to begin the summit with a open mind ready to explore all possibilities!


Plastic animal + catalog card + rubber band = freedom from frustration (for the day)


The Difference Between High School & College Libraries and Research

Seat Swap!

  • 2 tables of high school librarians

    • 5 at each table

  • 1 table of UT librarians

    Question for all tables:

    What do you perceive to be the differences between high school and college libraries and research?

  • From each group, select a scribe to compile a list of differences on the large flip charts on each table.

  • When you're done, hang up your page(s) on the closest window or wall.

The Difference Between High School & College Libraries and Research

Backing up our perceptions with evidence(and putting ourselves in our student's shoes)

  • Contance Mellon's research on Library Anxiety [1986]

    • Feelings of being lost stemmed from four causes:

      (1) the size of the library;

      (2) a lack of knowledge about where things were located;

      (3) how to begin, and

      (4) what to do.

  • Our own First-year student's survey data!

"I was scared to ask questions. I didn't want to bother anyone. I also didn't want them to think I was stupid."

"College asks that you evaluate your sources and question them whereas high school only asks that you understand them."

Dissecting first-year university syllabi

Seat swap!

  • 4 tables, 2-3 HS librarians at each table;

  • 1-2 UT librarians at each table


    What and Why: Close reading of syllabus to assess what types of skills the students are expected to have when they come in

    How: Each table has a different syllabus. Use Worksheet #1 as a guide to work through the information literacy expectations and competencies that are found in first-year college courses.


What UT faculty have to say about information literacy & student skills

Our Competency Checklist


Adapted from Patricia Owen's checklist available at: http://www.infowen.info/checklist.pdf

Addressing the IL Skills Gap

Sharing Success Stories

What are we currently doing to address the competencies that we've identified through the mornings activities and the combined checklist? [Worksheet #2]

Report Out:

Pick one high school and one college assignment example to share with the group

Addressing the IL Skills Gap

Creating a shared assignment/activity

Informed by the day's discussion, brainstorm an activity or assignment that addresses a gap within a previously identified competency. [Worksheet #3]

Report Out:

Each group shares their assignment or activity with the larger groups. You have 7 minutes!

Snack Break!

Summit Debrief & Conclusion

  • What have we learned from our dialogue today?

  • What will we take back to our respective institutions?

  • What are our wishes for this group?

    Brief Survey

    Tell us what you think, what you really really think (adapted from Mary Font)

Stay in Touch & Safe Travels!

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