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Information Literacy Small Grants

The Cleveland State University Library invites applications for the Information Literacy Small Grants Program. Six grants of $800 each will be awarded to full time faculty for course development incorporating information literacy instruction. In support of the new GenEd08 Curriculum, we are especially interested in working with faculty who teach the capstone courses in each department.

Information literacy is a wonderful way to engage students in the learning process. Engaged learners need to be able to demonstrate information literacy abilities in classes. The small grants are intended to assist faculty in updating a course with the goal of strengthening students’ skills in information literacy.

Grant reviewers will consider the following criteria in evaluating proposals:

A 2-3 page summary report will be required at the end of the semester describing the results of the project. This should reflect how the course was changed or designed to include information literacy and what kind of impact it had on the capstone assignments.

How to apply:

  1. Speak with a CSU subject librarian to make arrangements for working together on the project.
  2. Consult the Association for College and Research Libraries web site to find out more about information literacy.
  3. Fill out the application at, which includes a 1 to 2 page description of how information literacy will be incorporated into the course.

Grant applications are due on Friday, April 18, 2008, for development of courses for fall 2008. An informational session for interested applicants will be held Thursday, March 27 at 12:00 in RT 502. A light lunch will be provided by Friends of the Library. To reserve a spot, please call (216) 875-9734 or email

Award amount: $800 stipend (up to 6 grants will be awarded, no more than 1 per college for this grant period).

For further information and to submit the proposal, contact Kathy Dobda, Head of Library Instruction, University Library, RT110A,, phone: (216) 875-9738. An Information Literacy Review Panel, composed of faculty and library administrators, will review the proposals. The grants will be awarded by May 2, 2008.

1 Association of College and University Libraries. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. (Chicago: Association, 2000)

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