Librarians as Open Education Leaders

Librarians as Open Education Leaders:  Transforming Pedagogy and Curriculum with Information Literacy
This project will demonstrate the library's centrality to 21st century learning by developing research and assessment models to measure the effectiveness of the library's integration into basic skills curriculum.  It expands upon an earlier LSTA grant, "Information Literacy in Washington Community and Technical Colleges" (2003 – 2008) that focused on promoting information literacy (IL) in the state's community and technical colleges by providing professional development and collaborative project grants in authentic assessment of information literacy for librarians.  In this project, additional opportunities will be made available for librarians to become aware of the needs of pre-college students and faculty.  Key areas will include:

  • Utilizing authentic assessments to determine the effectiveness of information literacy instruction for basic skills students;
  • Developing stronger partnerships between discipline faculty and librarians;
  • Developing models and best practices that will enable IL to serve as the focus for new models of teaching and learning;
  • Integrating IL into basic skills courses, thus contributing to the success of students enrolled in adult basic education, ESL, and pre-college courses
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).