About: Kansas State University Polytechnic Library is offering one (1) grant in the amount of $300 to faculty who commit to working with the Undergraduate Services Librarian to create or redesign an assignment in an undergraduate course to meet information literacy learning outcomes. In partnership, the librarian and faculty person(s) will explore ideas to work within a classroom to deepen students’ information literacy skills.
The $300 mini-grant may be utilized in whatever way the winning faculty recipient seems fit; the full amount will be awarded to the faculty recipient at the end of the participating semester.
Information literacy can be broadly and simply defined as being able to find, evaluate, and use information. For the purposes of this initiative, that information may be academic and/or industry-focused and found via web-based and/or library-curated resources.
Faculty and teaching Staff from any program on the Polytechnic campus are eligible. Courses to be adjusted must be those offered in the SPRING, 2020 semester.
In collaboration with librarians, recipients of the mini-grants are expected to:
Meet with the Undergraduate Services Librarian two to four (2-4) times during the FALL, 2019 semester to determine how the initiative is progressing; meet with the Undergraduate Services Librarian at least one (1) time during the SPRING, 2020 semester to determine how implementing the assignment is going.
Invite Undergraduate Services Librarian to provide information literacy education to students that is complementary to the assignment (optional: as needed).
Redesign or design from scratch a major assignment from the course to scaffold information literacy skills throughout the research process.
[The undergraduate services librarian will] develop an information literacy learning outcome for the assignment.
Establish a baseline metric with which to assess improvement in students’ information literacy skills and create rubric points to assess information literacy skills.
Implement the assignment in the course during the SPRING, 2020 semester.
Share student-learning artifacts with the library after implementation for the purposes of information literacy assessment.
Add appropriate Creative Commons licensing to all unique assignment materials.
Application Procedure & Requirements:
To receive an application form, please see Katherine Jones for a brief content discussion; you may schedule an appointment with Undergraduate Services Librarian Katherine Jones by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions should be 1-2 pages and include the following:
Name, Academic Rank, Program
A short rationale discussing the information literacy needs of your students that addresses the following questions:
Why is information literacy important to you and to this specific course?
What are your goals for this assignment? How does the assignment currently serve your broader learning outcomes?
In what ways have students typically struggled or succeeded with this assignment in the past?
Timeline: Applications for the SPRING, 2020 grant are due SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2019. The recipient will be notified by SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2019. Funds will be transferred by the end of the SPRING, 2020 semester, upon completion of the initiative.
SAMPLE of example assignment:
Thanks to Chemistry faculty Dr. Jung Oh for the use of her information-literacy based research assignment.