ERIC Number: ED324025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
[Development &/or Furthering Library Research Skills for Local Junior and Senior High School Students.]
In the spring of 1988, the High School Outreach Community Service Project was conceived at Sonoma State University (SSU) to teach Marin County students to use the academic libraries and to develop search strategies to locate and evaluate information on any given topic. The program addressed community needs, namely the development and/or furthering of library research skills for local junior and senior high school students. At area schools, a 30-minute presentation was given and accompanying materials were distributed. Afterward, students and teachers were given a tour of SSU's Ruben Salazar Library. The tour emphasized the use of: (1) "Library of Congress Subject Headings"; (2) the card catalog; (3) indexes in bound, microfilm, and online database formats; and (4) the extensive reference collection. After the tour, students were free to utilize the library for individual research projects. Following the tour, a letter was sent requesting evaluations of the program and suggestions for improvement. The program was met with enthusiasm, and, because of its positive reception, lottery funding for its continuation was granted. During the two years that the high school outreach project was offered, approximately 2,000 students in grades 8-12 participated. Copies of the library pre/posttest used, assignments, and an evaluation questionnaire for student completion are appended. (SD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sonoma State Univ., Rohnert Park, CA. Ruben Salazar Library.