Transitioning to College Research

A learning common at Albany Senior High School, New Zealand
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On October 4 the Texas State Library & Archives Commission hosted a webinar on preparing high school students for college-level research. The three panelists are doing some powerful work in this regard.
Lisa Hernandez (Pharr-San Juan-Alamo College, Career & Technology Academy) discussed the E-Research Plan Portfolio she’d developed after attending the University of Texas Libraries Information Literacy Summit. Through the portfolio’s activities and resources students build their research skills. I could envision a similar tool to help transfer students who may have missed earlier college library experiences.
Ellen Thibodeaux (Eastside Memorial High School) discussed her Research & Technical Writing course, which prepares students for college-level work. I was intrigued by how the students choose a canonical reading for the class. I could imagine some co-learning opportunities, especially if the work is one the instructor hasn’t yet read.
Donna Kearley (Denton Independent School District) spoke about Denton Inquiry for Lifelong Learning (DI4LL). This consortium of area schools and colleges sprang from the local One Book, One Community initiative. One of the projects is a book study of Guided Inquiry Design, by. Carol C. Kuhlthau, Leslie K. Maniotes, and Ann K. Caspari. Students should ultimately benefit from such a learning community.
These are some exciting projects. What collaborations could help Maine students prepare for college?


Hernandez, L., Thibodeaux, E., & Kearley, D. (2016, October 4).  Texas high school librarians create college ready students [Archived presentation].

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