IS Innovation Award

About the IS Innovation Award
This annual award recognizes a project that demonstrates creative, innovative, or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming.

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2017 Winner(s)

Susan Gardner Archambault and Lindsey McLean

for their work on Project CORA: Community of Online Research Assignments, an open access resource for faculty and librarians looking for a collaborative space to share and adapt research assignments, as well as build a virtual community of practice for educators interested in teaching concepts related to information literacy.

“Project CORA successfully addresses the difficult problem of maintaining a usable online repository of information literacy assignments from diverse and multi-institutional contributors,” said award committee chair Maoria J. Kirker of George Mason University. “Not only does CORA contain learning materials from library instructors, but it also incorporates outside instructional voices, pushing information literacy instruction beyond the confines of the library. The organization of assignments and usability of CORA allows users to easily access and sift through information literacy assignments to implement their own instruction.”

Project CORA was developed from a Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium Project Initiatives Fund grant. The grant proposed to expand upon an internal information literacy assignment collection at Loyola Marymount University by using the “recipe” metaphor to envision the assignments as recipes that could be tweaked or adapted to fit into any information literacy curriculum. Input from two faculty focus groups was incorporated into the original prototype design. The Cherry Hill Company in Los Angeles was contracted to build and host a live prototype of CORA, which launched in January 2016. A CORA Development Group was formed with 14 librarians from different institutions to continue improving the CORA interface.