2015 Baber Grant awarded to Rider University project to evaluate teaching model in information literacy

Norman Rose
Program Officer
nrose@ala.org

CHICAGO – Sharon Q. Yang, Ma Lei Hsieh and Susan McManimon of Rider University are the 2015 winners of the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for the project entitled “Experimenting with I-Learn Model and Its Impact on Students’ Learning.”

The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant focuses on a pressing national issue that is of importance to library service, and the award committee felt that this project – the application of a new information use and teaching model to library instruction –  fit the criteria well.

“The I-LEARN model has the potential to improve library instruction by focusing on students’ learning as well as information seeking,” said jury chair Anne Houston.  “The team’s proposal will test the model in an academic library setting with incoming freshmen.  We also felt that the model can apply to lifelong learning and have impact for all types of libraries, not just academic libraries.”  The I-LEARN model was developed by Prof. Delia Neuman of the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University. 

The $3,000 grant supports innovative research that could lead to an improvement in library services to any specific group of people.  The award was donated by Eric R. Baber, Newton, Kansas, in honor of his father, who was library director at Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) for 27 years.  Baber died in January 1991, leaving ALA an endowment to support the award in perpetuity.

Guidelines for the Baber Grant, including a list of previous winners, may be found by going to:  http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/ors/orsawards/baberresearchgrant/babercarroll.cfm

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