Literati School: Year in the Life

While Literati School's authoritative content and innovative technology are time-tested and widely proven to meet the needs of K-12 students, our services focus more specifically on meeting your students' individualized needs. As a part of your Literati School subscription, our team of on-staff librarians and educators partner with you to support your library’s strategic goals. We work on projects focusing on discovery, classroom integration, resource promotion, and education and assessment.

While the possibilities are endless and vary depending on your institution type, geographic location and strategic goals, we offer this glimpse of a year in the life of a Literati School subscriber in the U.S. to help you grasp the depth of our partnership. Do note that this partnership continues for the life of your Literati School subscription and results in the production of new materials each year.  

  • September:

    You've done it--you've subscribed to Literati School. After we customize the language on your site, you'll meet with our team to begin brainstorming and prioritizing. What projects have been pushed to the back burner because of your limited resources?  During your first month, we'll get the ball rolling and create promotional materials for the launch of your customized account. 

  • October:

    Let's celebrate National Information Literacy Awareness Month by creating multimedia materials that teach your students the transferability of information literacy skills. This month we can work together to create interactive videos, tutorials and quizzes that prepare your students for the research they'll conduct during their college studies. 

  • November:

    Winter break is just around the corner and that means there are cumulative exams and research papers on the horizon.  What materials can we create to help your teachers and students during this stressful part of the year?  Let's start with a general video about citation skills and partner with a teacher to create a subject-specific tutorial that focuses on literary criticism.

  • December:

    We might not be the best source for suggestions on how to achieve your personal resolutions, but we can help with your library's goal of increased resource promotion.  Let's work together to create digital posters, badges and logos that draw your students into your library's resources. 

  • January:

    What topic is being covered in your school's eighth grade history classes? Tuskegee Airmen? There's a Topic Page for that. Let's update the featured Topic Pages on your Literati School homepage to align with your school's curricula. 

  • February:

    We can craft learning outcomes and create tutorials all day but these materials are only valuable if students are accessing and learning from them. Collaborate with our assessment team to create pre-and post-assessments that will provide data for measuring achievement and begin the feedback loop for the materials that we've created thus far.

  • March:

     Your school has a recognizable mascot but does your library? The graphic designers on our team will work with you to create a visually stunning logo, as well as banners and posters to promote your new library visual. 

  • April:

    Your students speak in hash tags and "likes." Why not work with us to create and run a social media campaign for your library? We'll do everything, from drafting the posts to scheduling them.

  • May:

    The numbers speak when it comes to communicating the value of your library. Have our team gather the data from the information literacy projects we've collaborated on throughout the past nine months.  We'll analyze what we retrieve, write a summary report and prepare a presentation for you on the key themes.

  • June:

    Let's make further use of the quantitative data that we've collected. Let's plan to research and develop a case study. We'll present you with a menu of methodologies and you can choose those that you deem the most appetizing.  

  • July:

    Studies show that when it comes to research, students start where their teachers tell them to start. Let's prepare handouts and synchronous training sessions to share all of the information literacy materials that we've created with faculty. 

  • August:

    Your students completed their summer reading assignments but did they comprehend the symbolism of the light at the end of the pier? Let's create guides that align library resources with the summer titles and interactive activities that allow the students to reflect on what they read.   

We've reached the end of your first year of Literati! We'll begin creating new materials this year while also improving those that we prepared during the last year. 

Want to get into the specifics? Check out how Columbia University leveraged its partnership with Literati to improve the quality of students' work. View the case study here.