The information literacy (IL) project at URI was recently brought into the national spotlight in Nashville, TN at the 41st annual LOEX Conference. The project began with a goal of elevating the importance information literacy in the undergraduate URI educational experience, and evaluating the achievement of information literacy by URI students. URI faculty librarians, Mary MacDonald and Jim Kinnie (shown in photos), shared their work to engage a broad community of practitioners including faculty from four colleges, national experts and staff from instructional development and the assessment office, to develop and pilot a URI IL rubric adapted from the AACU Information Literacy VALUE rubric.
The presentation included discussion about the process, the results, assignment design, student feedback and next steps which includes expanding the project to evaluate all general education courses with information literacy in fall, 2013 using the URI IL rubric, and adopting the process to assess writing in general education. The initiative was sponsored in part by the Davis Educational Foundation and was the second of three presentations on Information Literacy made during the academic year (NERCOMP, 11/12; ACRL, 5/13), each of which told of the increasing reach of the project.