SILS Alumna Megan Oakleaf receives grant

Release date: 

September 10, 2010

SILS alumna Megan Oakleaf was recently awarded a $280,500 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Oakleaf an assistant professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, who will match the grant with an additional $126,815.

The grant will be used to measure the information literacy skills of college students over a three-year study. The study, entitled "Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills" (RAILS) will develop and test rubrics that evaluate information literacy as well as faculty and librarian assessment skills.

The American Library Association Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) said that Oakleaf wrote one of the 20 best library instruction articles of 2009. The paper, which was titled "Guiding Questions for Assessing Information Literacy in Higher Education," contained quality writing, excellent research and innovative ideas. The top 20 articles appeared on a list in the June 2010 Library Instruction Round Table News.

Oakleaf graduated from SILS in 2006. Her dissertation was titled "Assessing Information Literacy Skills: A Rubric Approach."