Workshop at Mount library helps teachers enhance student research skills

August 18, 2017

Library Workshop

Jennifer Park, assistant librarian for access and outreach services, discusses how high school students can better utilize library technology in their research. 

To better prepare their students for college-level research, about a dozen sixth to 12th grade teachers attended a workshop at Mount Saint Mary College on Tuesday, August 15 titled “High School to College Transition: Library Media Literacies for Classroom Teachers.”

The Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center at the college was the second stop in the three-day workshop. The event was spearheaded by Carolyn Bennett Glauda, member services librarian for education and outreach at the Southeastern New York Library Research Council.

Staff members of the Kaplan Library taught the educators techniques to increase students’ research proficiency, including skills applicable to any library setting. Discussions included what is expected in a college research assignment, creating good research questions, proficiency in time management, and incorporating the library’s catalog, databases, and lesser-known services into research.

The Mount library instructors were Tiffany Davis, associate librarian for instruction services; Denise Garofalo, associate librarian for systems and catalog services; Jennifer Park, assistant librarian for access and outreach services; and Derek Sanderson, assistant librarian for access services.

Davis noted that according to a survey by Library Journal, faculty at participating institutions felt that only 30 percent of incoming freshmen were prepared for college level research.

“It’s important that teachers are made aware of the research skills expected of incoming college students, because the results will be stronger students who are better prepared for the rigors of a college education,” she explained.