Grant Supports Effort to Enhance
Students' Information Literacy Skills
Posted November 2, 2001
HOLLAND -- An effort to help students at Hope
College learn to use information technology more effectively
has received support from the SBC Ameritech Partnership
Awards for Independent Colleges program.
Hope is one of five Michigan colleges or
universities to receive one of the $10,000 awards for 2001.
The college's project will link members of the English and
library faculty in developing ways to help students in the
college's first-year composition courses learn how to find
and use appropriate information technology in research and
Hope schedules about 37 sections of its first-year
composition course, English 113, each year. About 20
members of the English faculty and the college's five
teaching librarians work with the course, which enrolls
nearly all of Hope's 700-plus freshmen.
The course includes instruction in using the
resources available through the college's Van Wylen Library.
Through the grant, members of the English and library
faculties involved in English 113 will meet during the
spring and summer to consider how to effectively incorporate
information technology--such as electronic databases, web-
based finding aids, electronic journals and electronic
books--in the college's information literacy program.
Faculty will be collaboratively seeking ways to help
students find and use appropriate information technology in
research and writing.
The results of their efforts will go into effect
beginning with the fall, 2002, semester.
The primary authors of the grant proposal were
Kelly Jacobsma, librarian with the rank of associate
professor and head of public services at the library, and
Barbara Mezeske, adjunct associate professor of English.
Others on the planning committee for the program are
Priscilla Atkins, reference librarian with the rank of
associate professor; Anthony Guardado, reference librarian
with the rank of assistant professor; and Dr. David
Klooster, associate professor of English.
The SBC Ameritech Partnership Awards program
encourages the innovative use of technology in higher
education at private colleges and universities in Illinois,
Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. All accredited,
degree-seeking, four-year liberal arts institutions that are
members of the Midwest Partnership of Independent Colleges
were eligible to apply.
SBC Ameritech awarded five $10,000 grants in each
of the five Midwest states. In addition to Hope, the
institutions in Michigan to receive awards were Calvin
College in Grand Rapids; Cornerstone University in Grand
Rapids; Spring Arbor University; and the University of