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First-generation students, information literacy, and Earlham librarians.

About the LIFT (Library Immersion Fellows Teams) Program

For First-Generation Students:
Free Hawaii May Term and iPads / Get the Edge on Library Research and Meet Peers


The LIFT Program matches small groups of first-generation students with a personal research librarian during seven weeks of fall semester. Every LIFT student is awarded an iPad to use for the four years at Earlham and beyond.  Meeting for 90 minutes one session per week with their librarian, LIFT students undertake a one-credit tutorial in information literacy – “The ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand."* The tutorial occurs within the context of assigned weekly readings, research, and discussion based on current events, using media like The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Earlham Word, and TED Talks. To gain additional perspectives on current events, students will utilize a toolkit of library resources including Credo, Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis Academic, JSTOR, and subject-specific databases (e.g. PsycINFO). The result is such that students will engage with trending issues, while acquiring research competencies, library experience, and personal connections with an Earlham administrative faculty member and a few of their classmates in a small-group setting.

Incoming LIFT students are eligible to apply for an all-expenses-paid May Term at the end of their first year. The 2016-17 LIFT cohort went to Montreal. The 2017-18 LIFT May Term is planned for Hawaii.

* Association of American Colleges and Universities Information Literacy VALUE Rubric,

Student Outcomes:

By the end of the LIFT Program, students will be able to:

  1. Read, evaluate and interpret media coverage of trending issues and current events.
  2. Identify library resources and services to help them analyze trending issues and current events
  3. Practice and engage with ideas of ethical behavior while finding, using, and sharing information. 
  4. Communicate the pros and cons of iPads for college use.
  5. Communicate effectively in an oral presentation.
  6. Give and receive appropriate and useful peer feedback.
  7. Complete writing assignments that synthesize main ideas, reflect critical thinking, and demonstrate thoughtful reflection.

Institutional Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the value of the Earlham Libraries to College recruitment and retention.
  • Align the Earlham Libraries with the College committment to student diversity.

To Apply:

Neal Baker

Neal Baker
Lilly Library


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