Publication Details

This journal article was originally published as Cooper, L, Online education program for transitioning students, inCite, Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, 31(6), June 2010, 25.


Preliminary findings from research into the information skills of students transitioning into a university educational environment indicate divergence between confidence and ability. A small group of librarians from the University of Wollongong are researching better ways to support new undergraduate students starting tertiary studies. A literature review examining best practice around the world provided a starting point for the research journey. Other approaches used include: creating an online survey to assess new student skills at enrolment; hosting a seminar for teacher librarians from the local Wollongong area and Sutherland Shire to provide an opportunity for information sharing; mapping information requirements to fulfil HSC assignments against those for a range of university subjects; and running focus groups of new students to ask specific questions about problems they experienced in adapting to the demands of a scholarly environment.