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Joyner Library Information Literacy Community of Learning: Program Guidelines

This guide supports faculty and instructors interested in developing their students' critical thinking skills through a year-long community of learning.

Program Guidelines

Joyner Library invites proposals from ECU faculty and instructors to participate in an immersive community of learning program to grow their students’ critical evaluation of sources, understanding of information creation and dissemination, and use of research within their disciplines.  

Selected through a competitive process, 10 participants will explore key theories and practices in information literacy, interrogate what it means to their disciplines, and apply these ideas to classes they will teach in spring 2019. They will collaborate with librarians and other cohort members throughout the fall to incorporate changes like redesigning assignments, developing new class projects, and/or revamping library instruction workshops. Participants will be supported through information literacy iPad toolkits, an online community of learning, workshop series, and one-on-one consultations with a personal librarian throughout the fall and spring semesters.   

Deadline extended! Proposals are due by 5 pm on Friday, October 5, 2018. Co-investigators will select the participants. Cohort members will be notified by October 8, 2018 so they will have ample time to make changes and integrate them into their teaching plans for the spring 2019 term.  

Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2018-2019 cohort.

Program Details

  1. Interested faculty must submit a proposal for a spring 2019 class to which they would like to make changes 
  2. 10 participants will be selected for the community of learning and provided the following: 
    • Information literacy toolkits (iPads with tools, resources, and content to support teaching) 
    • Consultations with their personal librarian 
    • Workshop series to explore information literacy and critical thinking concepts 
  3. Cohort members agree to complete the following activities during fall 2018: 
    • Attend welcome session with other participants and co-investigators 
    • Participate in an online community platform with other cohort members 
    • Meet with their personal librarian at least once and submit proposed revisions to spring 2019 classes  
  4. In spring 2019, participants will be asked to: 
    • Implement changes to spring 2019 classes 
    • Participate in an online community platform with other cohort members 
    • Submit summaries and updated syllabi demonstrating changes made  
    • Attend closing session with other participants and co-investigators 
  5. This program was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Participants will be asked to complete program evaluation and research activities in support of grant requirements. 


All ECU faculty and instructors teaching during the spring 2019 semester are eligible to apply. Classes that will be modified can be undergraduate or graduate level, on-campus or distance education. Extra weight may be given to classes enrolling 50 or more students, those that offer general education or writing intensive credit, or classes that are required for majors. 

Selection Criteria

Co-investigators will evaluate proposals using the following criteria: 

  • Brief narratives describing your interest in information literacy and project goals (100-300 words each). Preview the questions at the link below.
  • Course offered during spring 2019 of the grant year 
  • Adoption of class modifications by the start of the spring 2019 semester 
  • Sustainability of project after the awarded semester 

Information Session Recording


This program was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.