GEAR UP Partnership Targets Study Skills

In 2014-15, the Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) Library participated in a national assessment program. Through assessment of information literacy skills of First Year Experience (FYE) students at NVCC, the Library found that information literacy skills required intervention. As a result of these findings, the Library reached out to GEAR UP, in the hopes of helping to strengthen information literacy in local high schools. In the first phase of the project, select social studies classes and library media center specialists from Crosby, Kennedy, and Wilby high schools visited NVCC’s library media center to work with staff on how to identify credible sources for research. In the second phase, NVCC library media center staff will each visit one of the high schools to discuss with students how to incorporate source material into a research paper and how to properly cite sources. This project has served as an excellent opportunity for GEAR UP to build relationships between library media center staff at each of the high schools and at NVCC. NVCC Director of Library Services, Jaime Hammond noted the staff enthusiasm for the project, stating, “Working with the high school students, their teachers, and their Library Media Specialists has been a very exciting project. Our NVCC librarians and their partners at the high schools have planned several research sessions at both locations over the next few months. We look forward to seeing what this collaboration brings!”