May 19, 2022

New Research Paper: “Factors Affecting Students’ Information Literacy as They Transition from High School to College “

The following full text article was recently made available online.

It appears in Vol. 14 of School Library Research published by AASL (American Association of School Libraries).


Factors Affecting Students’ Information  Literacy as They Transition from High School to College 


Jana Varlejs
Rutgers University

Eileen Stec
Rutgers University

Hannah Kwon
PhD Student, Rutgers


School Library Research
Vol. 17, 2014


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 nineteen high schools were explored. The schools were selected based on whether their graduates did well or poorly on information-skills assignments integrated in a required first-year college course. The librarians in the nineteen schools were asked to characterize their working relationships with teachers, estimate their students’ information-literacy achievement, and provide data on their staffing and budgets.

Findings suggest that school librarians are seldom in a position to adequately collaborate with teachers and that their opportunities to help students achieve information literacy are limited.

Direct to Full Text Article (23 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.