Information Literacy Course Development Awards

UNCG University Libraries

Information Literacy Course Development Awards

            The UNCG University Libraries will offer three $1,000 awards for courses to be taught in spring 2016 to support restructuring an undergraduate course in order to more intentionally integrate information literacy and research. This award is open to anyone who teaches a course at the undergraduate or graduate level and has the authority to make substantive changes to that course.

According to UNCG’s Information Literacy Council (2011), to be information literate a person must be able to:

     Determine what information is needed and why
     Locate appropriate resources
     Evaluate, synthesize, and critically analyze information
     Communicate information ethically and effectively

The purpose of the Information Literacy Course Development Awards is to support instructors in revitalizing courses to foster information literacy skills. These re-envisioned courses will incorporate information literacy throughout the semester, teaching students to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and cite sources in the manner most appropriate for the subject area.


     Course should incorporate at least 2 information literacy outcomes. Please see this web page for the detailed information literacy outcomes that may be used.
     Courses may be new or existing courses but may not be experimental.
     A proposed course design should include assignments that are integrated with a research project. The assignments should be scaffolded throughout the semester and should be developed in consultation with a librarian or archivist partner.
     Proposals should include a plan to team with a librarian or archivist for at least two class sessions and include other ongoing librarian involvement such as developing new tutorials or incorporating existing ones into coursework, evaluating student work, requiring student/librarian research consultations, adding librarian to course site in Canvas, etc.
     Proposals should have an information literacy assessment component.
     After completion of the course, faculty should plan on sharing of course restructuring through a campus or conference presentation or poster.
     Preference will be given to courses that are required for majors or general education courses. 

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated for:
     Integration: To what extent will information literacy be integrated?
     Scalability: Does this class have potential to influence other courses or academic programs?
     Feasibility: Is the project appropriate for the class level and subject matter? Is it realistic in terms of what can be accomplished?
     Collaboration: To what extent is the librarian or archivist involved in the course?

Applications due November 1, 2015
Awards announced by November 15, 2015

The application should include:
1.    Applicant’s name, department, and contact information
2.    Course name and number
3.    A statement of no more than 1000 words that includes the following:
a.    Context of the course, including typical student enrollment, how often course is taught, importance of course to the department (is it required, does it have general education markers, etc.)
b.    Goals of the project
c.    Information literacy outcomes (see link above for examples of existing IL outcomes)
d.    Possible assignments or activities that will accomplish the student learning outcomes
e.    The librarian’s role as a collaborator in the project
f.     Plan for assessing the information literacy outcomes of the course

Please email your application as a PDF to Amy Harris Houk: