Both faculty and librarians have expertise that can help students become better consumers and producers of information. But faculty and librarians tend to be disconnected from each other on academic campuses, which keeps them from working together to realize shared goals. To address this challenge, the Washington University Libraries and the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement are co-sponsoring a learning community that will take place August 12-15 on the Danforth Campus of Washington University. The community will provide the space, time, and resources that faculty and librarians need to co-develop richer information-literacy learning opportunities for students within courses that faculty are already teaching.
Funding: All faculty participants will receive a stipend of $1500 for their participation, which can be distributed as payment and thus taxed as income or placed in research or professional development accounts that are not taxed.
Eligibility: The learning community is open to instructors teaching courses during the 2019-2020 academic year at the undergraduate level in any discipline or school. Instructors must be available to attend the learning community in full, August 12-15, from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Selection: Five instructors will be selected to participate, with an objective of including faculty from a broad range of disciplines and schools. Faculty will be paired with a librarian whose expertise is a good match for their course goals. We will be looking for faculty who are committed to working collaboratively with a librarian to meet course objectives that include information literacy skills, such as improving students’ ability to discern their information needs, find and evaluate information sources and claims, synthesize information, and use that information to an end.