CUNY/DOE Libraries Working Group Formed to Ease Transition from High School to College

December 14, 2010 | News

University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources Curtis Kendrick announced the formation of a joint working group with New York City’s Department of Education.  The purpose of this group will be to come to a better understanding of how the two library systems work and seek to provide better support for students as they make the transition from high school to college. 

Success in high school and college increasingly requires independent learners, who are able to navigate and evaluate the world of information, build their knowledge, and employ technology tools to communicate their ideas, according to Barbara Stripling, Director of DOE’s Office of Library Services. “Our aim with the CUNY/DOE Libraries Working Group is to build strong connections between the information skills instruction in high school and college, and ultimately to smooth our students’ transition into college learning,” says Stripling.

Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources, would agree. “It makes good sense for us to work collaboratively with our colleagues in DOE to better align our two systems,” says  Kendrick.

The New York City Department of Education is the largest public school system in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in nearly 1,700 schools. The majority of first time freshman at CUNY are from New York City high schools. 

CUNY faculty on the new working group include:

  • Christina Miller, School Library Media Specialist, York College 
  •  Robert Farrell, Assistant Professor, Lehman College 
  •  Linda Cooper, Associate Professor, Queens College GSLIS Susan Sciammarella, Associate Professor
  • Queensborough Community College
  • Martha Corpus, Associate Professor, Brooklyn College