When: Thursday, Jan 31 | 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Location: TBD

Days: Thursday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: School Libraries. Subjects: Advocacy/Outreach, Instruction, and Partnerships.


Transitioning from high school to university can be a difficult time for students. In the first year of university, many students grapple with the challenge of learning how to become an independent adult and learner. One academic challenge many students encounter in first year is the difference in information literacy skills required to complete assignments in university compared to those in high school. Helping students develop these skills requires the combined efforts of librarians in high schools and universities, and highlights the importance of enhancing communications between these two teaching and learning communities.

A variety of issues exist to make this transition from secondary to post-secondary learning difficult for students, including differing outcomes and expectations for graduating secondary school students and first-year university students, as well as high school and academic librarians’ limited time to focus on student populations beyond their institution, to name but a few challenges. We believe that school and academic librarians can address these problems from both sides if we put our minds together.

In this session let’s move beyond IL problems by developing this community. This session will take an unconference approach by moving beyond discussing barriers and focusing on creating solutions. Together, facilitators and attendees will identify some pressing problems to address, and will then break into groups where colleagues can unpack the challenges, and begin collaborating to create actionable solutions.

Learning Outcomes:
• Create a community of school and academic teaching and learning librarians.
• Evaluate the most pressing problems facing students making the transition between secondary and post-secondary research.
• Co-develop solutions and make an action plan.