VAASL 2015 - Is My High School Senior Ready to Be Your College Freshmen?

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VAASL 2015 - Is My High School Senior Ready to Be Your College Freshman? from SassyLibrarian

Busy at my new school, doing a renovation while acclimating to a new job wasn't quite enough for me - I had to also decide to do a research project about tools and techniques that, in addition to a quality information literacy program, would help students during their transition to college level research that first year. This is the preliminary data that I presented on November 20, 2015 at the Virginia Association of School Librarians in Williamsburg. I'm going to write a longer blog post, breaking down each slide that covers the elements of my talk in this upcoming week, as well as offer up the final data when the collection is complete (I've still got a few schools to solicit for participation).

I'm hoping I could have an ALA proposal accepted for annual this year in Orlando since the obvious next step is to see how the data prompts faculty discussion and curricular change, which I imagine would be far more interested to school librarians. Stay tuned for more, and please feel free to reach out with any questions! 

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erom43
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November 20, 2015 5:48 PM delete

Courtney

Any recommendations for my niece Lilah, who is nine, but reading at the high school level? She has already been through "Gallagher Girls" and "Anne of Green Gables", and has a thirst for more. Thanks.

Uncle Butch

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November 21, 2015 8:44 AM delete This comment has been removed by the author.
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Denise
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November 21, 2015 8:46 AM delete

Awesome presentation! Looking forward to your detailed update and final report!

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November 23, 2015 1:30 PM delete

I love it that she's so hungry (and precocious)! The tough part is that while her reading level is matched often the content of more high school books can be a lot to handle. I'd definitely see if she's read all of Lucy Maud Montgomery (she has several series beyond the Anne of Green Gables books, and almost all are set on Prince Edward Island) and she might also be interested in good historical fiction, similar to what can be found in the Dear America series https://www.scholastic.com/dearamerica/explorethebooks.htm which are quite good and deal with complex issues in a sophisticated by age-appropriate way. If she likes fantasy and legends, the Kate O'Hearn New Olympian books are very popular. I'll keep my eye out for her!! :-)

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November 24, 2015 1:07 PM delete

I am still sharing and talking about your VaASL presentation. I appreciate the hard work that was put into the research and the results are perfectly presented. I was moved by a local presenter last year on the topic of HS Senior to College Freshman but your presentation has motivated me to " get moving and make a plan" . I have used your data to validate the cost of our high school's JSTOR renewal. Thank you so much for sharing.

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