Collaborating for Academic Success: A Tri-Institutional Information Literacy Program for High School Students

Katelyn Angell, Eamon Tewell
2013 Public Services Quarterly  
This article describes a nearly decade-long partnership between three institutions representing school, public, and academic settings in Westchester County, New York. The program, designed to improve the academic performance of local high school students, is unique due to the extensive contact students have with academic librarians during the school year, including two day-long orientations and individual consultation sessions. Using experiences as partners in this collaborative effort,
more » ... ive effort, interviews with six teachers and librarians, and the existing literature, this article identifies best practices and key factors for academic libraries that are considering or currently providing instructional and outreach activities to high schools. KEYWORDS partnerships in education, information literacy, library research, outreach programs, high school students, academic libraries, school libraries Preparing high school students for college is an issue of major importance for academic and school librarians. Higher education institutions and scholars are increasingly engaged with the question of how to improve the firstyear student experience in order to increase retention and graduation rates, and academic librarians, playing a vital role in the student experience, have expressed concern with the preparation of incoming students for years Received
doi:10.1080/15228959.2013.758974 fatcat:h5ge6dc6zfgr5dbfeqou5ujbrm