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Academic Librarian Curriculum Developers: Building Capacity to Integrate Information Literacy across the University

Amity Saha

Amity Saha

by Amity Saha, Graduate Assistant, ALCD Project, and Graduate Student, Hospitality & Tourism Management

Led by Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies Associate Professor Clarence Maybee, a team from Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies has received a $249,179 award through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to conduct the “Academic Librarian Curriculum Developers (ALCD): Building Capacity to Integrate Information Literacy across the University” project. A partnership between Purdue University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, the ALCD project increases the capacity of academic librarians to enable student learning by partnering with instructors to develop curricula that allows students to more intentionally, creatively, and ethically use information in disciplinary contexts. Learning to use information within a disciplinary context fosters lifelong learning—allowing students to engage with information to learn in personal and professional settings beyond higher education. Supporting student success and learning, the ALCD project aims to demonstrate the value of academic libraries’ educational efforts to key stakeholders, such as administrators, instructors, and students.

Clarence Maybee

Clarence Maybee

A total of 15 librarians and15 instructors from across the three universities will participate in the three-year ALCD project. The librarian participants will learn about informed learning design, a learning design model developed by Dr. Maybee that emphasizes the role of information in the learning process. They will then work with instructors to create classroom assignments in which students engage with information in new ways to learn course content. In the second year of the project, the instructors will implement the assignments in their courses. In the third year, the results of the project will be shared to provide the higher education community with a sustainable model for promoting student success by teaching learners to use information within the learning context.

Project timeline for “Academic Librarian Curriculum Developers (ALCD): Building Capacity to Integrate Information Literacy across the University”

Along with Dr. Maybee (project leader), there are three co-project leaders, including Michael Flierl (Ohio State University) Maribeth Slebodnik (University of Arizona), and Catherine Fraser Riehle (University of Nebraska, Lincoln). Rachel Fundator, information literacy instructional designer (Purdue University), and Amity Saha, graduate assistant staff, (Purdue University) are also part of the project team.

All members of the project team have extensive experience collaborating with classroom instructors to develop curricula, including the creation and implementation of Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), a campus-wide program to enhance undergraduate courses. Dr. Maybee has led Purdue Libraries’ involvement in IMPACT since 2012. He is a faculty member with ACRL’s Immersion program, a weeklong intensive retreat for academic library professionals to develop their teaching.

As a graduate staff of the ALCD project, my primary responsibilities include working with the project leader and co-leaders at each institution to help create and implement ALCD project activities, including recruitment, workshop development and implementation, support for the analysis of project outcomes, and the sharing of results of the project through various methods.

For more information about the ALCD project, contact Amity Saha (GA) at, or Dr. Clarence Maybee (PI) at

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (13-19-0021-19).


Advancing the Active-Learning Culture at Purdue

The Active Learning Community of Practice (ALCoP) at Purdue University is comprised of faculty who gather to share ideas, explore active learning strategies, and discuss student outcomes. Facilitated by Susan Modlin, clinical assistant professor of nursing, ALCoP at Purdue meets monthly. Modlin’s role in this community was recently covered by the ITaP Newsroom in “Active Learning Community of Practice’s Focus This Year Is on Diversity and Inclusion.”

Rachel Fundator, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies

Rachel Fundator

Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies Information Literacy Instructional Designer Rachel Fundator has also been integral in assembling and implementing ALCoP.

Below, Fundator shares more about the community of practice.

Q. Tell me about about your role in this community.

Fundator: The ALCoP is a grassroots organization that has provided monthly opportunities for instructors across Purdue to learn about and discuss topics related to active learning since the opening of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) in the fall of 2017. ALCoP is organized by one faculty member and representatives from three teaching and learning units across camps, including the Purdue University Libraries and School for Information Studies (PULSIS), the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE), and Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT).

As a collective, we identify salient issues related to active learning and recruit people across campus who can share their insights on these particular issues with community. The organizers from PULSIS, CIE, and TLT work together with our faculty leader to facilitate connections and conversations that can help instructors reflect upon and develop their teaching practices. In this work, we are providing an informal, ongoing venue for advancing teaching and learning culture at Purdue.

Q. How do these meetings and the community help advance and transform learning at Purdue?

Fundator: Ultimately, ALCoP provides instructors with the space to connect with other instructors they may not likely cross paths with in other areas of their work. In these meetings, instructors share and learn from one another about topics related to active learning. Originally, ALCoP was created to help instructors adjust to the increased number of active-learning classrooms across campus. Together, we provided the chance for instructors to learn about the affordances of the classrooms, consider their own practices in relation to the variety of classrooms available around campus, and learn from others about how they help students learn and be engaged in these spaces.

Since the first year of ALCoP, we have expanded these monthly meetings to cover broader topics, such as active learning in online environments and gamification. Most recently, we are organizing a series of monthly meetings around the intersection of active learning, diversity, and inclusion to help instructors consider the ways in which they can engage all students in their courses. ALCoP is always responding to the needs and interests of the instructors who attend the meetings and the campus’ broader educational initiatives.

Q. What role does the PULSIS (Libraries) and PULSIS faculty and staff play in the community of practice, as well as in active learning at Purdue?

Fundator: The PULSIS has an important role to play in advancing active learning at Purdue and beyond. PULSIS faculty and staff are instructors of courses, contributors to faculty development programs like Instruction Matters Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), representatives on faculty committees and organizations related to teaching, developers of online educational materials, overseers of the largest active-learning classroom building on campus, and researchers who engage in scholarship about the role of information in the learning process. We are ingrained in many aspects of teaching and learning, and serve as an important source of support for instructors interested in helping their students use information and data in better ways in their courses.

Our representative contributes to the organization of the community of practice, and several faculty and staff attend ALCoP sessions, where they make connections with and learn from other instructors they may not have had the opportunity to meet in other settings. PULSIS’ involvement in ALCoP is a natural extension of the way we contribute to advancing teaching and learning at Purdue through our partnerships with the CIE, TLT, and instructors.

Faculty and Staff Presentations, Publications, Awards, and Accomplishments – June/July 2019


Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies Faculty Awarded Nearly $250K IMLS Grant

Faculty in Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies are part of a team of academic library faculty who recently were selected to receive a $249,179 award through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Along with librarians at the University of Arizona and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies faculty librarians will collaborate on the project with university classroom instructors to develop disciplinary-based, information literacy curricula.

The results of the project, “Academic Librarian Curriculum Developers: Building Capacity to Integrate Information Literacy across the University,” will be shared with academic library professionals, administrators, and information literacy thought leaders across the nation. Project team leaders include: Clarence Maybee, project lead, Purdue; Michael Flierl, co-project lead, Purdue; Maribeth Slebodnik, co-project lead, University of Arizona; and Catherine Fraser Riehle, co-project lead, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Read more…

Purdue Research Team Among First Class of Fellows for Collaborative Archive Data Research Environment (CADRE)

Purdue Research Team Among First Class of Fellows for Collaborative Archive Data Research Environment (CADRE)A team of Purdue University researchers is among the seven fellowship teams selected for the first class of the Collaborative Archive Data Research Environment (CADRE) Fellows.

These seven fellowship teams span across disciplines and offer compelling research that incorporates big data and bibliometrics. Each fellow team will access CADRE’s Web of Science (WoS) and Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG) datasets to achieve their research goals.

Purdue University members of the first class of CADRE Fellows, L to R: Michael Witt, Loran Carleton Parker, and Ann Bessenbacher

The three-member Purdue University team will work on the project, “Utilizing Data Citation for Aggregating, Contextualizing, and Engaging with Research Data in STEM Education Research.” The researchers are:

  • Michael Witt (top photo), associate professor of library science, Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies, Purdue University,
  • Loran Carleton Parker (middle photo), associate director and senior evaluation and research associate, Evaluation Learning Research Center (ELRC), College of Education, Purdue University, and
  • Ann Bessenbacher, research associate and data scientist (ELRC), STEMEd HUB, Purdue University.

Read more…


Amy Childress and JJ Sadler presented “Collaborating across Campus to Develop a New Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program” and “Creating an Undergraduate Research Society to Support and Connect with Prospective and Current Researchers” at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Undergraduate Research Programs Division Conference, June 27-29, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Heather Howard presented the lightning talk for her research “Technical Standards Literacy in Management Education” (with co-author Margaret Phillips) at the Midwest Business Librarian Summit, July 24, 2019, Purdue University.

Beth McNeil presented the keynote address at the Midwest Business Librarian Summit, July 24, 2019, Purdue University.

Megan Sapp Nelson and Ningning (Nicole) Kong (2019). Capturing their “First” Dataset: A graduate course to walk PhD students through the curation of their dissertation data. Presented at IASSIST 2019 conference, Sydney, Australia. Available at:

Margaret Phillips co-taught the short course, “Professional Development and Life-Long Information Strategies for Engineering Research” to mechanical engineering graduate students, July 15-19, Pusan National University in Korea.

Ilana Stonebraker presented “Librarians Do That? Three Applications of Business Information Literacy Outside of the Library” at the Midwest Business Librarian Summit, July 24, 2019, Purdue University.

Publications and Media

Trevor Burrows, Robert S. Freeman, Erla P. Heyns, and Jean-Pierre V. M. Hérubel.
“Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Bibliographies and Collections: The View from a STEM University.” Portal: Libraries and the Academy, vol. 19, no. 3, 2019, pp. 511-533.

Dick Kawooya, Donna Ferullo, and Tomas Lipinski. (2019). Library and Information Science Curriculum in a Changing Professional Landscape: The Case of Copyright Education in the United States. Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship, 3(2), 1-43.