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a brief history of department and the Information Literacy Modules project

About this Guide

This guide provides an overview of the history of the department and its efforts in supporting the university's QEP, both through narratives and supporting documents that are products of the department.

Note: Much of the background history for content presented in this guide was provided by Elizabeth Killingsworth, former Information Literacy & Outreach Department Head. We are indebted to her contributions and dedication to the Information Literacy Modules project and her work in providing information for this guide.

Genesis of the Department

When UCF began the process of reaffirming its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation in 2004, Information Fluency was chosen as the topic for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which was a requirement of the reaccreditation process. The QEP white paper was entitled What if? A Foundation for Information Fluency and it outlined a pilot project the university would undertake to create a foundation for student learning that focused on information fluency. 

The UCF Libraries were part of the multi-faceted pilot project, and in order to better coordinate support of the SACS QEP, streamline the libraries instructional services, and market services, the Information Literacy and Outreach (ILO) department was created. The department initially consisted of 4 librarians and a support staff member that included:

  • Elizabeth Killingsworth, Interim Department Head
  • Jason Martin, Instructional Initiatives Librarian
  • Rachel Viggiano (Mulvihill), Distance Learning Librarian
  • Renee Montgomery, Outreach Librarian
  • Erica Baker, Senior Library Technical Assistant.

Plans were also in place to hire an Information Literacy Librarian, and Corinne Bishop was hired in December 2006. 

The UCF Libraries' 2005-2006 Annual Report lists the following as long-term goals for ILO: 

  • Support for all Information Fluency Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) projects, including:
    • A major project to develop a series of Information Literacy modules in partnership with
      Course Development and Web Services (now the Center for Distributed Learning, CDL)
    • Support for all QEP pilot programs
    • Support for all Enhancement Grant awardees
  • Development of a comprehensive plan for the creation and maintenance of online resources to support information literacy goals
  • Development of various tools (workshops, online tutorials, web pages) to allow instruction librarians to stay abreast of current instruction and information literacy trends
  • Building assessment components into face-to-face library instruction and online instruction
  • Creation of a marketing plan for information and instructional services
  • Outreach to faculty teaching online courses and students taking online courses

(Information from UCF Libraries 2005-2006 Annual Report)