Information Literacy Grants for Faculty

After the success of the first four years of Information Literacy Grants, Brandeis University Library will be offering Information Literacy grants to faculty for the 2019-2020 academic year. These grants are meant to help faculty work with librarians to design courses that help students become mature researchers and scholars.

Applications for 2019-2020 are due April 30, 2019. Before submitting an application, faculty members must meet with their liaison librarian to discuss the learning goals for the course and ways to integrate information literacy most effectively into the course.

Each grant will be $2,000. A librarian will be assigned to work with each grant recipient and would be available to teach at least one class or section whenever the course is offered. The grant will be split into two equal payments: one payment in May 2019 and one payment midway through the semester in which the course is being taught. If two faculty members apply for a grant for a course that they are co-teaching, the faculty members will each receive half of the payments.

Questions may be addressed to Laura Hibbler at lhibbler@brandeis.edu or 781-736-4656.

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Review Process

Grant applications will be reviewed by a group of faculty members, librarians, and other staff members. Reviewers will evaluate proposals according to the criteria used by the Center for Teaching & Learning in reviewing Teaching Innovation grant applications:

The timing of the review process will allow most of the work funded by the grant to be done over the summer. Applicants will be notified in early May about whether they have been selected.

Types of Courses Eligible for an Information Literacy Grant

Full- and part-time faculty members from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Librarians hope to work with a variety of different types of courses requiring a variety of different types of information literacy, including:

In order to be eligible for a grant, the faculty member’s course should:

  1. include assignments where students are required to select, critically evaluate, and apply relevant sources as evidence in their research.
  2. include in-class time designated for instruction by or collaboration with a librarian
  3. take place during the 2019-2020 academic year

Building the Program

Each instructor who receives a grant in this program is expected to:

2019-2020

2018-2019

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016