Information Literacy Assembly

ALA Information Literacy Community Partnerships Assembly
Thursday, July 6, 2000, 2–6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois


Tuscon-Pima Public Library
Agnes Griffen
Libraries for the Future
Diantha Schull
Project Name: Tuscon/LFF Partnership

Stephanie Brasley
Project Name: Information Literacy Instructional Pipeline Project (ILIPP)
Description: The Information Literacy Instructional Pipeline Partnership (ILIPP) is a sequenced information literacy and instructional technology - based pilot program involving the UCLA College Library and its partners. Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Venice-Westchester cluster work in teams with librarians and media specialists.

ILIPP’s overall goal is to teach educators how to incorporate information literacy concepts into their lesson plans and other curricular activities in order to produce students who are competent in and confident about identifying, locating, evaluating and using information effectively. This pilot involves approximately 13 elementary, middle and high school teachers and 3 school library media teachers.

Rochester Regional Library Council
Betsy Gilbert, Assistant Director
Project Name: Developing Information Literacy Skills Across Library Types

Description: This project is in the planning stages. The participants have applied for an LSTA cooperative grant, but if the grant is not funded the project will continue on a smaller scale. The participants in the project are eight library systems. The Rochester Regional Library Council is a multi-type library system and is the lead agency. In addition there are five school library systems and two public library systems located in the area surrounding Rochester, NY participating in the project.

The goal of the project is to empower library users to be effective, critical, and independent consumers of electronic information. The objectives of the grant are:

  1. Increase awareness of the need for information literacy skills, both within the library community and to groups outside the library community
  2. Train library staff in the instruction of information literacy skills
  3. Improve communication among the library community in information literacy issues and programs
  4. Develop collaborative information literacy projects among multi-type libraries.

Williamsburg Regional Library
Genevieve Owens, Support Services Director
Project Name: The Phillip West Memorial Cancer Resource Center

Description: A diagnosis of cancer raises many questions for patients, their families, and their friends. To help people in the community meet the challenge of cancer, the Williamsburg Regional Library and the Williamsburg Community Hospital formed a partnership to develop the Phillip West Memorial Cancer Resource Center. The Center, located in both the Williamsburg Library and the James City County Library, provides access to understandable, current, and accurate cancer-related information in both written and computerized formats. The collection includes circulating books, videos, and audiotapes, reference materials and cancer-related magazines for in-library use, and free informational pamphlets. The Center also offers a web site,, developed and maintained by the Library's Reference Department. To complement the Center's resources, educational programs are offered throughout the year at the libraries.

The Cancer Resource Center is named in memory of a local resident who fought cancer in every way possible before his death. During his illness, Mr. West was frustrated by the lack of cancer-related resources available within the community. He made provisions in his will for a contribution to be made to Williamsburg Community Hospital. The Center is one result of his bequest.

Neal Ney, Library Director
Evanston Public Library
Project Name: e-TropolisEvanston