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ESL Library Skills: integrating library skills into the ESL curriculum

Basic Skills Initiative Project for Fall 2009- Spring 2010

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

Introduction

I didn’t know what book to chose, can you pick one for me?”   Librarians often hear this comment from ESL students who come into the Cuyamaca Library.
"I went to the Library and I could not find anything on my topic
“.   ESL Faculty often hear this from ESL students about the Library.

An increasing proportion of students from non-English speaking backgrounds pose considerable challenges to the acquisition of library research skills.
The challenge for the Library faculty and ESL faculty is to design an effective system of staff development within the constraints of the ESL curriculum.
These constraints include:

Purpose of this Project

This project proposal will explore and implement the most effective staff development practices to bridge the communication gap between ESL faculty and Library faculty. In other words, this is an innovative form of the common practice of "Peer coaching" (teachers teaching teachers). In this case, it would be teachers teaching librarians and vice versa. With an increase in collaboration between ESL and Library faculty, the ESL students will gain information competency skills

PROJECT PROPOSAL GOALS AND ACTIVITIES

What is "Library Information Competency"?

Information competency is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively. Students in ESL can apply these skills in their coursework, after they enter their professional careers, and as active citizens in their communities. Information competency supports critical thinking and enables students to become self-directed learners.

Project will explore:

Activity #1: ESL faculty Library faculty will collaborate to create a Library component for the course.

For example, the ESL and Library faculty will be asked to participate in this project to discuss aspects of each others profession

Activity #2: Librarian activity will include:

Activity #3: ESL faculty activity will include:

Activity #4: Creating Library research component

Each team of Librarian and ESL instructor will work together to create a library component which unite English language acquisition with library skills. Librarian coordinator will post library components to the web.

Activity #5: Maintain and update current ESL collection

ESL faculty and Library faculty will work to devise an ESL collection of print and online materials for ESL students. ESL and Library faculty will determine is there is a need for audio tapes and DVDs specifically written for new English speakers

Activity #6: Create Library ESL Web page

The Web Designer will design a ESL - Library website. The Library will maintain the webpage. Upon completion of the website, faculty and students will be able to access this webpage 24/7. The website will contain links to:

Activity #7 : Investigate ways to physically arrange the ESL novels in the Library to make it more intuitive for students to use.

3. PROJECT TIMELINE

The project will begin July 1, 2009 and end May 30, 2010.

4. COST ANALYSIS - Requesting $7,500.00

Librarian Coordinator: to develop peer-coaching teams of librarian and ESL classroom instructors, overseeing the development of library components and work with web designer to develop ESL website.

ESL Coordinator: to develop peer-coaching teams of librarian and ESL classroom instructors, overseeing the development of library components.

ESL Instructors: to mentor/instruct one-on-one with Librarian. This group will help design library component.

Librarian Faculty & Staff: to mentor/instruct one-on-one with ESL Instructor. This group will design library component.

Web Designer: to design and maintain an ESL Library website. Website designer who will oversee the creation of a clearly organized website that addresses the ESL needs.

    Librarian stipend: $1,250.00 ($250.00 each participant)
    ESL stipend: $1,250.00 ($250.00 each participant)
    Project coordinator: $500.00
    ESL Project coordinator: $500.00
    Web Designer: $4,000.00 (about 80 hours @ $50.00/hour)

    Total: $7,500.00

5. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE PROJECT SUPPORTS THE STUDENT SUCCESS AND RETENTION

6. NUMBER OF STUDENTS AND STAFF IMPACTED BY THIS PROJECT

This project will target four to six ESL section. Assuming each section has approximately 25 students enrolled, this project would reach 100 students. In addition, five ESL faculty will be selected to participate and five librarians and/or library staff will be selected to participate.

7. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE PROJECT WILL BE CONTINUED AFTER SPECIAL FUNDING ENDS

At the conclusion of this project:

8. METHOD OF EVALUATING THE PROJECT

9. PROPOSED STIPEND REQUEST (Project reduced to $5,400 b/c of statewide budget cuts)