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Undergraduate Information Literacy Course Enhancement Grants: About the Grants


The USC Libraries invites applications for Undergraduate Information Literacy Course Enhancement Grants. This one-time grant opportunity is designed to jumpstart curricular implementation of the recently adopted USC Information Literacy Outcomes for Undergraduates, and the recently filed Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education. Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.


This set of information literacy course enhancement grants offers an opportunity for disciplinary faculty to collaborate with librarians, acting as instructional designers, to infuse an undergraduate course or major assignment sequence with information literacy instruction. Sequenced information literacy instruction helps students critically engage with sources and enter a scholarly conversation within their disciplines. By sharing in the development and implementation of information literacy instruction with disciplinary faculty, we aim to institutionalize information literacy goals found in WASC’s Core Competencies and USC Libraries’ Information Literacy Outcomes for Undergraduates across the entire curriculum. These grants are generously funded through a USC Libraries Dean’s Challenge Grant.


Grant recipients will:

  • Be awarded $200 to devote time to attend an information literacy workshop on Friday, November 4, 2016 (fall iteration) or Friday, March 3, 2017 (spring iteration)

  • Meet with a librarian for at least one consultation over the course of the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 academic year

  • Share the results of their revisions with the larger USC community, through panel discussion events and/or providing information about their revisions on this online resource guide.

Eligibility & Application Procedure

Application Information spring 2018

All USC faculty (full- or part-time) who teach at least one undergraduate course in 2017-18 or 2018-2019 are eligible to apply.

To apply, email the following information to by Friday, February 23, 2018 at noon: Extended to March 9, 2018 at noon

  • Name
  • Department
  • USC email address
  • USC phone number
  • Course Name
  • Brief description of course content, or attach a syllabus

Statement of Interest (750 words maximum) that includes the following:

Statement of how this course fits into the major, program, or department sequence

Include any relevant attachments, such as syllabi.

If selected, faculty agree to meet with a librarian and collaborate on course re-design at least once, as well as attend a workshopin March or April. They also agree that they may be asked to provide information on course revisions to be publicly shared with the USC community through a panel and/or online research guide.

*If you're unavailable on this date, please still apply, and other arrangements can be made.

Selection Committee

 Elizabeth Galoozis  Head, Information Literacy
Kevin Klipfel Instructional Design & Assessment Librarian
Jade Winn  Assistant Dean of Programs & Planning

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