Information Literacy Course Development Awards Announced for Fall 2018

The UNC Greensboro University Libraries will offer four $1,000 awards for courses to be taught in fall 2018 to support restructuring a 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.

  • Courses should incorporate at least two information literacy student learning outcomes. Please see this web page for the detailed information literacy outcomes that may be used. You may also use your own course learning outcomes that relate to information literacy. 
  • 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 a 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?

  • Panel/Q&A with three past award winners on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 2-3:15pm in Jackson Library177A (sign up here)
  • Applications due April 27, 2018
  • Awards announced by May 4, 2018

The application should include:
  • Applicant’s name, department and contact information
  • Librarian/archivist partner name(s) and confirmation that they were consulted as part of the application process (a short statement to this effect is fine)
  • Course name and number
  • A statement of no more than 1,000 words that includes the following:
  • The context of the course, including typical student enrollment, how often course is taught, the importance of course to the department (is it required, does it have general education markers, etc.)
  • Goals of the project
  • Information literacy outcomes (see link above for examples of existing information literacy outcomes)
  • Possible assignments or activities that will accomplish the student learning outcomes
  • The librarian’s role as a collaborator in the project
  • Plan for assessing the information literacy outcomes of the course

Please email your application as a PDF to Jenny Dale at