Information Literacy: Academic Librarians Collaborating

Presenters:

Valerie Gouse, Librarian
vgouse@cccnj.edu
Cumberland County College, Vineland, NJ

Mary Thorstensen, Librarian
mthorstensen@cccnj.eduCumberland County College, Vineland, NJ

The College Librarians have begun to collaborate with Librarians from four high schools in Cumberland County to prepare students with the necessary skills in information literacy. The high school librarians were invited to an orientation followed by a reception and presented with resource packets. The cost of this project totaled $1,500. Members attending the Vale Conference session have been introduced to the materials in the resource packets and given copies of the list of references, also available on Cumberland County College Library’s website: http://www.cccnj.net/library/informationliteracy.cfm.

Among some of the noteworthy resources mentioned were:

Crow, S.R. (2005). Information literacy: A guide for the library media specialist. Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning.

Educational Video Network (Producer). (2005). Plagiarism: It’s a crime. [Motion picture]. (Available from Educational Video Network, 1336 19th St., Huntsville, TX 77340).

During their meetings, the librarians have been working to align the AASL & ACRL information literacy standards. Cumberland County College Librarians will continue to work with the High School Librarians in promoting and assessing information literacy among high school students. During the discussion period, it was also suggested that possibly Public Librarians may need to become actively involved in this project. A member of the Highlands Regional Library Cooperative stated that they also are beginning the process to collaborate with High School Librarians.

Submitted by

Renita Krasnodebski
College of Saint Elizabeth

Evening/Weekend Librarian

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