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Guided Pathways

Resources for Guided Pathways development at Pierce College

Library Science Courses

102 Internet Research Methods (1) UC:CSU Lecture 1 hour.
Recommended: Computer access, experience using the Internet and word processing programs.
This course covers the process of conducting online research using book catalogs, ebook collections, article databases, and the web. Students will learn how to identify and locate applicable resources, evaluate their content and credibility, and utilize sources in an effective and ethical manner. 

NOTE: Currently, LS102 is an introductory course. The Pierce Library is considering offering LS101 as an introductory course and making LS102 an advanced course. The introductory LS101 course would provide essential basic lifelong information researching in support of courses like Counseling 40, as well as Summer Bridge and College Promise programs. LS102 would provide more advanced information researching for academic disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, in particular, for those transferring to 4-year colleges and universities, as well as those with an AA degree goal. 

Library Support Ideas

From California Community College Libraries and Guided Pathways: Reflections and Action Planning From April 2018 Collaborative Workshops (PDF available below):

"What can libraries/librarians offer to Guided Pathway efforts at their colleges?

  •  Expertise on finding and organizing information useful to support metamajor and program mapping efforts 
  • Familiarity with working across disciplines and with faculty, staff, and students from across campus
  • Expertise on contextualized, point-of-need instruction 1 Baily, Thomas R. et
  • Support for key elements of Guided Pathways implementation, such as Reading Apprenticeship, Habits of Mind, study space, common readings, textbooks, OER, online collections, and culturally responsive teaching and learning
  • Research on Guided Pathways examples from other colleges (especially in California) to share with campus committees, work groups, coordinators
  • Targeted resources which are already in place (thus not requiring new purchases or staff)
  • Skill at highlighting equity issues in implementation and support for acceleration efforts
  • Coordination with instructors, counselors, and tutors to create support teams for metamajors
  • Willingness to rethink information literacy instruction through a metamajor/program mapping lens
  • Experience in outreach efforts, to support Pathways promotion to staff and students (example video from CRC Library

What opportunities does Guided Pathways present for libraries?

  • Focus, efficiency, clarity in our work: Guided Pathways is about offering targeted services for specific communities, which allows us to rethink how we use existing resources and focus on high impact practices
  • A new forum for explaining what we already do and what we can do (library mission, vision, pedagogy)
  • A new venue for information literacy across the curriculum, within new types of classes, and with new opportunities to scaffold and sequence instruction"