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Volume 17, 2014 ISSN: 2165-1019

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Factors Affecting Students’ Information Literacy as They Transition from High School to College
Jana Varlejs, Professor Emerita, Rutgers, 612 S. First Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904, 732846-6850 Eileen Stec, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, Douglass Library, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, 848-932-5009 Hannah Kwon, PhD Student, Rutgers SC&I, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Despite the considerable attention paid to the need to increase the information literacy of high school students in preparation for the transition to college, poor research skills still seem to be the norm. To gain insight into the problem, library instruction environments of
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Factors Affecting Students’ Information Literacy

Volume 17 | ISSN: 2165-1019

For the Rutgers MLIS program, this was an especially awkward question. As Rutgers is the state university, most of the enrollment is from New Jersey, and many MLIS graduates remain in the state. Given that the Rutgers Master’s program in school librarianship has been judged to be excellent for years (for example, the program ranked highly in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report assessment) and that many school libraries in the state are headed by Rutgers alumni, it is reasonable to expect that New Jersey high schools produce mostly information-literate graduates. As shown by data reported in this paper, however, that expectation is not well met. The study described here is an attempt to contribute to understanding factors affecting students’ information literacy as they transition from high school to college. Most baldly stated, the research question asks: Why are first-year college students information illiterate?

The problem is not limited to New Jersey. A great deal of evidence has been, and continues to be, gathered that first-year college students across North America arrive poorly prepared to make good use of the resources that their institution’s library provides (e.g., Foster 2006; Kolowich 2011; Mittermeyer 2005; Purcell et al. 2012; Taylor 2012).

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