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Information Literacy Faculty Development Grants

Fall 2014

General Information

Middle States has a mandate that institutions of higher education show evidence that information literacy is being incorporated into the general education and disciplinary education programs at their respective institutions so that students graduate with the ability to gather, identify, evaluate, synthesize and communicate information in its varied forms and meanings.
The purpose of these grants is to provide faculty with opportunities to develop creative approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment related to the broad range of competencies envisioned in the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.


  • Evidence of the integration of information literacy into the fabric of the curriculum will be a primary criteria for the awarding of the grant. 
  • Proposals may focus upon the development of learning modules within courses, online tutorials, changes in course syllabi, new courses or changes in departmental curricula. 
  • Proposals may address new course goals, new course assignments, new approaches to teaching, new approaches to learning, or new forms of assessing learning. 
  • Assessment of learning outcomes should be a component of any proposal. 
  • Collaboration with a library faculty member is required. The role of the librarian will vary depending on the nature and scope of the project.  
  • Grants may be submitted from an individual or more than one faculty member. 
  • Funds will not be given for the purchase of hardware or software.  
  • A report outlining the nature of the curriculum development and the outcome of the project must be submitted at the end of the project to the Library Director and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A presentation to a faculty group may substitute for a written report. The deadline for a written report for Fall grants is Feb 1, 2015. If making a presentation, it must be scheduled by Feb 1, 2015.
  • Faculty must be full-time or visiting. 
  • Typical stipends range from $400.00-$1000.00.  
  • We seek proposals from all three schools.
  • No more than two consecutive grants may be awarded to an individual. 
  • When preparing your application, you may want to check out our list of previous grants awarded. 

Criteria for evaluating the Proposals

  • Nature of the project
  • Evidence of the integration of information literacy into the curriculum
  • Collaboration with library faculty is required. It is assumed that the applicant has discussed the grant project with a librarian prior to completing the application.
  • Quality of assessment planned
  • Wider application of pedagogy to other courses and programs

Deadline for Submission for fall 2014 grants: July 30, 2014

Send application and/or questions to Catherine Crohan, Standish Library 782-6731.

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