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The UTEP Library's Information Literacy Course Enhancement Grant: About the RFP


The Information Literacy Course Enhancement Grant has the following goals:

Promote collaboration between faculty/instructor and instruction/subject librarian.

Create information literacy-based assignments and assessments that can be used in similar courses.

Increase the inclusion of Library resources, services, and expertise in curriculum development and course design.

Bolster student's research and critical thinking skills to prepare them for greater academic success.

Request for Proposals

Example Proposal A

Example Proposal B

Example Proposal C


Proposal Rubric

Learning Outcomes

Intended Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate the ability to develop an effective research strategy, including a well-formulated thesis statement based on the specifications of the research assignment.
  • Students are proficient in identifying and selecting appropriate resources with which to conduct their research (i.e., books, journal articles, subject-specific databases, Internet, etc.)
  • Students demonstrate understanding of sophisticated search strategies through appropriate use of keywords and subject headings, as well as Boolean operators and wild card characters.
  • Students are able to critically evaluate the reliability, validity, accuracy, and timeliness of a source, regardless of its format.
  • Students demonstrate an awareness of legal and social issues involved with the use of information such as copyright infringement, plagiarism, censorship, etc. by their ability to differentiate among various types of sources and to cite these sources using instructor assigned citation styles.

Faculty Outcomes and Expectations

  • Faculty will become better acquainted with library resources and services in their subject area in order to design research projects and assignments for their students. Recipients of the award will share the results of their experience with colleagues at a University forum or workshop. They will also need to:
  • Identify expected student learning outcomes for their particular class.
  • Assess the extent to which they achieved these outcomes using clearly defined metrics or rubrics.
  • Provide evidence of student improvement based on analysis of the results.
  • Collect data on the effects of an information literacy intervention for the purpose of evaluation across a set of similar proposals.

About the Grant

The UTEP Library will award a select number of grants of $2500 (to use for research or at their discretion) to teaching faculty members or instructors who plan to significantly enhance a course by integrating library-designed information literacy instruction and resources. Since one of the goals of this initiative is to make faculty/instructors and their students more aware of the resources and services the UTEP library has to offer and enhance future use of those resources, the grant will increase by $500 if a session on information literacy is attended before the awarding of the grant.

Contact Harvey Castellano to set up your session. 

Submitting your Proposal

All proposals and required attachments must be submitted to with the Subject line “Information Literacy Course Enhancement Grant,” no later than March 26th for Summer 2017 and June 25th for Fall 2017. Proposals are not to exceed ten pages (at least 10 pt font) and should include the following information:

   1. Faculty/Instructor Name and Contact Information
   2. Course Title, Number, Description, and Expected Enrollment
   3. Modified Syllabus incorporating information literacy assignments (attached separately)
   4. Name of Collaborating Librarian
      A. Letter of recommendation from collaborating librarian to be sent to the evaluation committee
   5. Course enhancement description
      A. What library materials, resources and services will be used in the class
      B. Discuss on how the librarian will be integrated into your class
      C. Outcomes and Assessments (examples)
          AACU: Association of American Colleges and Universities
          AALHE: Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education
         NILOA: National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
       6. Bibliographic Citations

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Have Questions?

If you have any questions about the grant or proposals or want to set up an information literacy session, contact Harvey Castellano, Assistant Director for Instruction and Information Literacy Services. 915-747-6734

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