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Library Instruction & Information Literacy: Information Literacy Faculty Development Grants

Fall 2020

Information Literacy Faculty Development Grants
Fall 2020


Siena’s Information Literacy Faculty Development Grants provide faculty with opportunities to develop creative approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment related to information literacy competencies.  Since 2002, ninety-two grants have been awarded.  Faculty from all three schools have participated.  Let’s continue the creativity:

  • Teaching in a new major or program? How might you use a grant?
  • Consider a project on how moving a class to an online or hybrid format affects the information literacy goals of the course.
  • Projects making use of the Digital Scholarship Center are encouraged.
  • Projects where information literacy meets other literacies such as digital literacy and visual literacy are welcome.
  • Have an idea for a project, but have questions? Contact Librarian Catherine Crohan (
  • Grants may be submitted from an individual or more than one faculty member. We have had projects from colleagues in the same department, and have had a few from faculty working with colleagues in other departments.
  • Faculty must be full-time.
  • Proposals for the development of a new course or substantial revision of an existing course require the signatures of the department head and dean.
  • Collaboration with library faculty is required.  The role of the librarian will vary depending on the nature and scope of the project.
  • Assessment of learning outcomes must be a component of any proposal
  • A report outlining the nature of the curriculum development and the outcome of the project must be submitted at the end of the project to the Coordinator of Library Instruction, the Library Director and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The deadline for a written final report for fall 2020 grants is February 26, 2021.
  • A presentation to an appropriate faculty group may substitute for a written report. We encourage presentations as they facilitate the sharing of information literacy related pedagogy among colleagues. For more information about this option, contact Librarian Catherine Crohan.
  • Typical stipends range from $400.00-$1000.00.
  • No more than two consecutive grants may be awarded to an individual.
  • Past projects include new course proposals, course revision, creation of assignments and learning modules, as well as assessment projects. When preparing your application, you may want to check out our list of previous grants awarded.
Criteria for Evaluating the Proposals
  • Nature of the project
  • Evidence of the integration of information literacy into the curriculum
  • Quality of assessment plan
  • Wider application of pedagogy to other courses and programs
Deadline for Submission for fall 2020 grants: August 14, 2020

Link to the Standish Library’s Library Instruction & Information Literacy Page (includes grant guidelines and application form).                                                         

Send application to Catherine Crohan, Standish Library (,


Grant Guidelines & Application Fall 2020

Grants Awarded, 2002-2020

Siena College's Information Literacy Faculty Development grants provide faculty with opportunities to develop creative approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment related to information literacy competencies .Since 2002, ninety-two grants have been awarded. Projects have included assignments learning modules, course revision and assessment tools.