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ERIC Number: ED302235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Helping College-Bound Students Develop Higher Levels of Information Literacy: A Report on a Study of Selected School Library Media Programs in Massachusetts.
Merriam, Joyce
Two activities were undertaken for this examination of the growing potential of school library media programs to promote the development of higher levels of information literacy in college-bound students. First, visits were made to 30 high schools in Massachusetts which differed in their library programs as well as in a wide range of quantitative measures, including size of student body, size of book and periodical collections, numbers of professional and support staff, size of facilities, and budgets. The second activity entailed reading books and articles relevant to information literacy and summarizing findings and impressions from a selection of these readings. Pertinent information relating to programs in individual schools is also discussed, such as general observations about the school library collection, the writing program, online databases and CD-ROM, and periodicals, microforms, and collection development. It is concluded that school library media programs have a growing potential to promote the development of higher levels of information literacy in college-bound students, particularly those who have been introduced to electronic technologies that access and retrieve information quickly. Ten recommendations are presented, and three appendixes provide the names of school library media centers and staff visited; data on collections of print materials; and lists of the 20 magazines most commonly requested by high school students as identified by three prior studies. (64 references/notes) (CGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A