Informed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the High School to College Transition

Informed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the High School to College Transition

Informed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the High School to College Transition

Informed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the High School to College Transition

Synopsis

How can libraries and librarians across the educational continuum work together to support student transitions from high school to college, utilizing free or low-cost resources? This book supplies the answers.

Excerpt

Kenneth J. Burhanna

This book arrives at a seemingly paradoxical moment in time for librarians in North America. On one hand, we find auspicious the impressive record of collaboration, engagement, and outreach demonstrated by librarians working to transition students successfully across the educational continuum. On the other hand, budgetary deficits, librarian job cuts (especially within K-12), and unrelenting criticism of our educational system present a more ominous outlook. Whatever the future may hold for librarians and their fellow educators, we surely can agree that now, more than ever, is a time for educators to work together in common ways for a common cause: the success of our students. The good news for librarians is that working together is what they do best (or at least among the best things that they do), and they are well positioned to potentially play leading roles in helping to create seamless educational systems within their local states and provinces.

With this in mind, it would seem well-timed to present the first title devoted exclusively to libraries’ role in supporting high school to college transitions. Named after the high school outreach program at Kent State University Libraries, Informed Transitions has two major objectives. First, this title will provide a comprehensive overview of the role of libraries and information literacy education in preparing high school students for college success. Second, it will share model collaborations and programs, best practices, and important, low-cost resources focused on the high school to college transition. Focusing on the work of librarians in the United States and Canada, it will cover collaborations and programming within and across multiple educational contexts, including high schools, community colleges, and universities. It will also discuss multiple approaches to this work, including on-the-ground programs and virtual, technology-based approaches. As such, this book may also appeal to those who work and collaborate with or supervise librarians. Readers are encouraged to share this work with teachers, professors, program coordinators, and appropriate administrators.

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