Here’s an article describing the information literacy efforts at St. Bernards School in Gladstone, NJ, based on the research of Carol Kuhlthau and put into practice by librarian Randi Schmidt. Can this transfer to higher ed? I’ve tried approaches like this in some of my classes, but I only see the students once or twice, not three times like Schmidt. And I don’t have time to do 5 hour one-on-one consultations or to read all the final products and give a library research grade. If we really want to see students put effort into their library work, wouldn’t they have to be graded on it? Is this kind of information literacy work by librarians really practical on a large scale?
Five hours of one-on-one tutoring and guidance from the library staff is common. If the librarians hadnt intervened, Puglisi says, I would never have been able to do this no way. They kind of remind me a lot of parents. They dont exactly tell me what I have to do. They kind of study me until I see what has to be done.
At the end, each student receives one grade, 50 percent from Schmidt and 50 percent from their science teacher. The teacher grades the content. Schmidt grades the quality of the research and the enthusiasm with which students tackle the information search process. I have to take two days off to read all the papers, she says.