Information Literacy Stipends 2016

Four Information Literacy Stipends were awarded for 2016:


Prof. Joshua Arp, adjunct professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department, was awarded a stipend to integrate information literacy into Introduction to the Bible (T/RS 121). An information literacy session by a librarian will be incorporated between the students’ first and second assignments in order for them to discover information resources that can improve the quality of their Bible studies. Adding a research component will help students find themes as discussed by secondary sources, draw conclusions for themselves about the development of those themes or correct their initial mistaken reading of the passage.

Collaborating Librarian is Donna Witek, Associate Professor.
Read Prof. Arp's final report.


The goal of the stipend awarded to Dr. Margarete Zalon, Professor of Nursing, is to enhance the information literacy of students in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, specifically Translating Evidence into Practice (NURS 730). Her proposal identified three specific Student Learning Outcomes that can be mapped to the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards. She will design a rubric for the course assignments and the range of scores for each information literacy outcome component will be used for the assessment. The results will be used to close the loop and make revisions for subsequent offerings of the course.

Collaborating Librarian is Bonnie Oldham, Associate Professor.
Read Dr. Zalon's final report.


An information literacy stipend was awarded to Dr. Chandra Ann Dombroski, Faculty Specialist in the Occupational Therapy Department, for Human Anatomy for Occupational Therapy (OT 256). In order to foster growth in the OT sophomore students’ research skills during the course, Dr. Dombroski has proposed that students attend an information literacy session in order to increase their familiarity with accessing literacy information needed for class presentations, which will be graded according to a rubric that contains expected outcomes such as search techniques and results, determination of scholarly vs non-scholarly publications, correct citation of intellectual property, identification of further research needed and presentation of scholarly information.

Collaborating Librarian is Bonnie Oldham, Associate Professor.
Read Dr. Dombroski's final report.


Students in Dr. Matthew Reavy’s Media Literacy (COMM 184x) first year seminar will articulate the nature of information needed in order to address a given informational need; will use select mass communication theories to discuss the potential impact of media messages; demonstrate recognition of potential sources of bias, spin and misinformation; and analyze their own media exposure habits in an effort to examine their day-to- day information needs. Dr. Reavy has developed an assessment plan that utilizes in-class discussions, student presentations, a long-form paper, and a media diary.

Collaborating Librarian is Kevin Norris, Assistant Professor.