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University Studies, the Center for Faculty Innovation and JMU Libraries are pleased to sponsor

Information Literacy for Teaching & Learning:  IL Assignment Design for General Education and IdLS Faculty  May 13-15, 2009  This workshop is one offering in the CFI May Symposium Series. 
Workshop is completed, click here to view the assignments created or revised. 

We invite General Education and IdLS faculty to attend this workshop to improve or create an assignment with information literacy objectives. This workshop is for full-time faculty and librarians to work together in order to integrate information literacy concepts into the coursework of General Education and IdLS classes.  Ultimately, faculty will exit this workshop with an assignment in hand and ready for use.  Our goal is to promote resource-based learning outside the classroom and to equip students with skills they will further develop in their major coursework.

Faculty who attend this workshop will:

  • Learn about Information Literacy initiatives in higher education
  • Discover how Information Literacy is operationalized at JMU
  • Have an opportunity to create or improve a course assignment with information literacy objectives embedded
  • Collaborate with other General Education or IdLS faculty to test-drive and improve assignments
  • Create tools to assess information literacy learning outcomes
  • Receive a $500 stipend

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries, encompasses the following set of skills:

Information Literacy is real at JMU and is operationalized in General Education where information literacy work begins in Cluster One of General Education. Students must practice their information literacy skills, and they do that for faculty who craft assignments that challenge those skills in Cluster One and other subsequent coursework. General Education brings its own challenges (large classes, varying student abilities) that can make the assignment of the traditional 5-10 page research paper lose effectiveness. We seek applicants who want time and help crafting research and information rich assignment opportunities. 

Facilitator Information

Dr. Teresa Y. Neely will join us to run the May sessions of this workshop.  Dr. Neely is the Director, Access Services, at the University Libraries, University of New Mexico, and the author of Information Literacy Assessment:  Standards-Based Tools and Assignments (Carrier Library ZA3075.N435 2006).


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Application Form and Submission Requirements

All full-time JMU General Education and IdLS faculty are invited to apply.  To be eligible, please complete the Application Form.   !!DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Applications are due WEDNESDAY March 25, 2009.  Both paper and electronic submissions are accepted. 


The Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning workshop will be held May 13-15, in the East Campus Library. Additionally two pre-workshop meetings are required.  Food will be provided.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, April 3 1:30-3:30
Friday, April 24 1:30-3:30
Wednesday, May 13 8:30-4:00
Thursday, May 14 Faculty Workday
Friday, May 15 8:30-noon


Stipend for Faculty

Participating faculty will receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of the May sessions.

Faculty selected to participate will be notified by of their acceptance by March 27, 2009

Questions may be directed to Kathy Clarke ( or Claire Clemens (

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