The Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (ILILE) is federally funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the U.S.Department of Education.
ILILE was established to provide local, regional and national leadership in fostering successful collaboration among K-12 teachers and school library media specialists who are concerned with advancing library and information literacy in the PK-12 school curriculum.
As part of the 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Act passed January 22, Kent State University received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (ILILE). In addition to this grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Kent State received a $1,975,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in July 2003. U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education recognized the benefit of additional funding for ILILE.
"I am pleased to have been able to include federal funding for Kent State University to demonstrate how school librarians and classroom teachers can work together to enrich the curriculum of students. I am hopeful that the demonstration of this collaborative work will be used as a model to enhance the learning environment."-- U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula.
Grant partners at Kent State University include the College and Graduate School of Education, Libraries and Media Services and the School of Library and Information Science. Co-directors of ILILE are Dr. Carolyn S. Brodie and Mary H. Tipton. ILILE Executive Board members include Dr. Greg Byerly, Dr. Cindy Kovalik, Mary Lee Jensen and Dr. Barbara Schloman. An ILILE Advisory Board of educational leaders from around the state works closely with ILILE.
Goals and Objectives
The primary objective of the Institute is a demonstration project of local, statewide and national significance. The development of this project will be accomplished through the creation of a variety of endeavors that will provide leadership in the research and teaching necessary for the integration of information literacy in classroom and library media centers.
The Institute will focus on activities with PK-12 teachers, library media specialists, pre-service educators, and students working as collaborative peer-learner teaching teams in learning how to use school library media centers and information resources (i.e., print, electronic and web-based) more effectively to enhance student learning.
The ILILE has four areas of focus:
A. Education and Training
Prepare pre- and in-service teachers and library/media specialists to use information resources to enhance teaching and learning.
1. Prepare existing teachers and school library media specialists to be more effective library and information resource users.
2. Prepare pre-service teachers to be effective library and information resource users.
B. Curriculum Development
Create a replicable model for curriculum development and delivery through which PK-12 teachers, library media specialists, administrators and students work as collaboratively to promote academic success through information literacy skills.
1. Develop a program of instruction that integrates school library awareness and information literacy instruction in pre-service teacher education curricula.
2. Develop school library awareness and information literacy curriculum materials for K-12 teachers.
3. Develop information literacy instructional materials for K-12 students.
4. Develop a program that integrates information literacy awareness instruction into K-12 administrator preparation.
5. Develop a program of instruction for college bound students to prepare them with the information literacy skills necessary to do college level research.
C. Promotion and Outreach
Engage in library and information literacy promotion and outreach activities to improve school library media specialist's effectiveness in working with other educators to integrate information literacy into K-12 education.
1. Promote the integration of information literacy and academic content standards into educational practice.
2. Promote greater understanding and collaboration between school library media specialists, administrators and classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, and technology coordinators.
3. Emphasize the library media specialist's role as teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator.
4. Enhance the role of the school library as a center for information literacy and information technology.
5. Recruit and train teachers as school library media specialists.
6. Collaborate with state and local educational agencies and colleges of education.
7. Promote the work of the Institute at the State and National level.
D. Research and Evaluation
Conduct a systematic program of applied research on the effectiveness of model approaches and techniques for enhancing collaboration between school library/media specialists and teachers, and promoting the integration of information literacy skills in schools.
1. Promote field-based action research on library use and information literacy strategies.
2. Identify authentic methodologies to assess the integration of information literacy in the curriculum.
3. Develop an instrument to assess information literacy competencies.
4. Develop protocols to analyze data relating to utilization of information resources and results of state proficiency exams.
5. Evaluate and disseminate results of ILILE projects and activities to influence educational practice and policy-making.