February 21, 2018

Berkeley Libraries Get Grant for Undergrad Pilot Project

By LJ Staff

The University of California, Berkeley Library, in partnership with the
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and the Undergraduate
Division of the College of Letters and Sciences, has received $138,000 from the
Andrew Mellon Foundation to support a pilot project to establish “Mellon
Library/Faculty Fellows for Undergraduate Research.” According to Director of
Libraries Thomas Leonard, the program seeks “to place the great collections at
Berkeley at the center of undergraduate learning.”

The program will be inaugurated with a Summer Institute for the Teaching of
Undergraduate Research Competencies, where faculty and graduate student
instructors selected for the program will participate in an intensive series of
symposia, workshops, and individual consultation sessions that address
information literacy. After the completion of the institute, the participants
will incorporate the research techniques they learn into the courses they teach,
and will “continue to work closely with teams of librarians, instructional
technology specialists, and other campus academic support staff to develop
curricula, teaching, and assessment tools.”