Information Literacy Grants

The University Libraries is proud to announce the creation of the Information Literacy Development Grants. These grants were created to foster collaborations between faculty and librarians through projects that integrate information literacy into the Texas A&M curriculum.

Information literacy is a set of skills and knowledge that helps students with “reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.” Students need multiple and guided opportunities to hone their information skills, both in their disciplines and as a life-long learning skill.

Working as a project team, faculty, and librarians can choose to redesign courses, enhance assignments, or create new learning opportunities for students to critically engage with information literacy and improve their research skills.

 

Eligibility and Criteria 

Faculty, instructors, and librarians of any rank are encouraged to submit a proposal. In order to be eligible, projects must include an instructor-librarian collaboration and submit a clearly scoped learning project that will be implemented during the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 academic year. The Director of Learning and Outreach for the University Libraries is responsible for the review and selection of the grants. The following criteria questions will be used to evaluate proposals:

  • What is the strength of faculty-librarian collaboration?
  • How will Texas A&M students benefit from the project and what is the scope of that impact?
  • How will information literacy, student success, and the overall project be assessed?
  • Does the project include clear goals and outcomes?
  • How does the project address the learning outcomes of Texas A&M, the outcomes of a particular course, departmental curricula, and/or the University Libraries Student Learning Outcomes?
  • How will the findings be shared with the community of practice

 

Grant Details 

There are 5 projects awarded at $3,000 maximum each: 

  • Each grant must involve a faculty/ librarian collaboration
    • Faculty grantees will receive $2,000 / Librarians receive $1,000
    • If there are multiple faculty and/or librarians, the grant award will be divided equally amongst recipients in the respective categories
  • Grantees will receive their award as professional development funds which will be transferred to the respective campus units in the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Funding can be used for professional development, travel, student wages, supplies, equipment, or any non-salary related expenses related to the project.

 

Timeline

  • Fall 2019: Call for proposals is released
  • February 1, 2020: Deadline for submitting a single application that is produced collaboratively by the project team
  • February 15, 2020: Award recipients will be notified
  • March 2020: Award of funds to appropriate campus units for grantee use
  • Spring - Summer 2020: Project teams collaborate
  • Fall 2020 - Spring 2021: Projects implemented
  • Summer 2021: Project reports due

 

Expectations for Grant Awardees

Faculty awardees and librarians are expected to work collaboratively in the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of their information literacy projects. Prior to the project start, teams will be asked to provide a brief overview for inclusion on the Library website and to be used for promotional purposes. The project teams are tasked with writing a brief report of their collaborative project, which will be shared with the University Libraries, interested parties, and future grant awardees. The report must include defined outcomes for the project and an assessment of the success of those outcomes.

 

Resources 

 

Questions? 

Contact Stephanie Graves, Director of Learning and Outreach, University Libraries: stephaniegraves@tamu.edu