Criteria Set for Information Literacy Awards

October 26, 2015 at 10:29 am

The USC Upstate Library will offer awards to students and faculty based on their use and grasp of information literacy skills.

Take a look at the information below to see if your essay or research paper meets the standards listed below!

First-Year Information Literacy Award

  • Open to all students in University 101, English 101 and English 102
  • Project must have been completed for one of the courses from Spring Semester of the previous year through Spring Semester of the current year up to the application deadline
  • Application process: students nominated by course instructor; application includes letter of support from course instructor, reflective essay on research process and project by student, copy of project with complete bibliography (must make clear where sources were found)
  • Course instructors may nominate and write letters for more than one student

Criteria: Successful projects will demonstrate a superior grasp of the information literacy skill set taught in the first-year courses and summarized in the Information Literacy Standards for First-Year Students and other program documents. These include:

  • Determining the information need
  • Accessing sources pertinent to the information need
  • Evaluating and analyzing sources
  • Selecting, organizing, and synthesizing information effectively in the final product
  • Using information ethically

More specific criteria include:

  • Making use of library resources in a variety of formats
  • Making appropriate use of library services (including research consultation with librarians)
  • Citing sources appropriately and correctly
  • Demonstrating mastery of content appropriate to course and assignment
  • Demonstrating clear presentation or writing skills
  • Overall quality of project

Advanced Undergraduate Information Literacy Award

  • Open to all juniors and seniors
  • Project must have been completed from Spring Semester of the previous year up to the application deadline of the current year (in Spring Semester)
  • Projects need not have been completed as a course assignment, but should have involved supervision by a member of the USC Upstate faculty.
  • Application process: nomination by faculty or staff, or self-nomination by student; application includes faculty letter of support, reflective essay on research process and project by student, copy of project with complete bibliography (must make clear where sources were found); finalists will have an interview with committee

Criteria: The successful project will demonstrate a superior grasp of the effective use of information as reflected in the Information Literacy Standards:

  • Determining the information need
  • Accessing sources pertinent to the information need
  • Evaluating and analyzing sources
  • Selecting, organizing, and synthesizing information effectively in the final product
  • Using information ethically

In addition, these specific criteria will apply:

  • Making use of library resources in any format
  • Making appropriate use of library services (including research consultation with librarians, Interlibrary Loan, and PASCAL Delivers)
  • Citing sources appropriately and correctly
  • Demonstrating originality of thought
  • Using language effectively within mode of presentation
  • Overall quality of project

Faculty Award for the Promotion and Integration of Information Literacy

  • Open to all full-time and adjunct faculty and staff who teach regular courses at USC Upstate on an ongoing basis (two or more semesters)
  • Efforts of a candidate across several semesters may be recognized
  • Application process: Nomination letter by faculty, staff, or student to committee (becomes part of application); committee solicits letter (1-3 pages) from the candidate addressing the criteria for the award; candidate may submit additional documentation, limited, to expand upon points made in the letter (e.g., course syllabus, assignments)

Criteria: the winning faculty member will demonstrate a superior effort in one or more of the following areas: promoting information literacy as a core competency to other faculty, integration of information literacy skills within course assignments, integration of a progression of information literacy skills within a course or across the curriculum of a major, significant collaboration with other faculty including librarians on teaching or promoting information literacy, participation or consultation in professional development training that includes information literacy, including information literacy in scholarly activities.

Information Literacy Awards Committee

  • The committee will consist of five members, three librarians and two faculty members from other units.
  • The initial committee will be appointed by librarians in consultation with the Coordinator of Library Instruction. Thereafter,  The committee will elect one of its members to serve as Chair for the following year after completing its work. The new Chair will assemble the committee for the following year. With the exception of the Chair, no individual may serve consecutive terms on the committee, but may serve multiple times.
  • The committee shall be responsible for setting up the process to advertise the awards, collecting the applications, conducting interviews, and setting deadlines.
  • The committee reserves the right not to make an award in one or more of the categories if it determines that none of the candidates meet the established criteria.
  • When the selections are made, the committee will inform the Dean of the Library, who will present the awards at the appropriate student and faculty ceremonies.

Awards will consist of

  • Cash award for candidates in each category (amount to be determined by sponsorship)
  • Certificate or plaque for each award
  • Awards plaque to be displayed in Library bearing names of winners for each year

Acknowledgement of Sponsorship

  • Name of sponsor will be included on certificates, plaques, and promotional material about the awards

Proposal Submitted by Andrew Kearns, Coordinator of Library Instruction, and the Exploratory Committee for Information Literacy Awards: Nancy Lambert, Chris Vidas, Lola Bradley, Jane Addison, and Sebastian VanDelden

Supported and Approved by Frieda Patrick Davison, Dean of the University Library