Principal Investigator

“Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (RAILS)”
IMLS, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Early Career Research Grant, 2010

railsgreenRAILS is an IMLS-funded research project designed to investigate an analytic rubric approach to information literacy assessment in higher education.  The RAILS project is intended to help academic librarians and disciplinary faculty assess information literacy outcomes.  Over three years, RAILS will yield a suite of rubrics that can be used by academic librarians and disciplinary faculty to assess information literacy outcomes; a transferable model for analyzing rubric scores; training materials for librarians, faculty, and LIS students who seek to use rubrics for information literacy assessment; indicators of rater expertise in rubric scoring; and a clearinghouse for librarians and faculty to share:

    • local adaptations of IL rubrics,
    • rubric assessment results,
    • improvements to instructional strategies and services made on the basis of those results, and
    • examples of increased student learning resulting from instructional improvements.

Although RAILS is intended to address practical assessment issues, it also will explore the answers to several research questions:

    • Can librarians & disciplinary faculty use IL rubrics to provide valid & reliable scores of student learning?
    • What skills/characteristics do librarians & faculty need to produce valid & reliable scores using IL rubrics?
    • What training materials do librarians & faculty need to acquire these skills/characteristics
    • How can rubric assessment be used to improve IL instruction and services?
    • How can rubric assessment increase student learning of IL skills?

RAILS is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.  RAILS operates in partnership with the ACRL Assessment Immersion Program and is augmented by Waypoint Outcomes.  More information is available at

“Assessment of Information Literacy Skills”
NCSU Committee on Undergraduate Program Review
, 2005

Co-Principal Investigator

“Building an eScience Librarianship Curriculum for an eResearch Future”
with  Jian Qin, Principal Investigator
IMLS, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (Building Institutional Capacity), 2009

“CI-Facilitators: Information Architects across the STEM Disciplines”
with Jeff Stanton, Principal Investigator
National Science Foundation, 2008


“CRADLE: Curating Research Assets and Data using Lifecycle Education”
Advisory Committee Member
with Helen Tibbo, Jon Crabtree, and Thu-Mai Christian
IMLS, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant, 2013

“Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success”
Grant Advisory Panel, Expert Presenter
with ACRL, APLU, and AIR
IMLS, National Leadership Grant (Demonstration), 2012

“Educating the New Generation of E-Scientists through Developing a Data Information Literacy Curriculum”
Advisory Committee Member
with Jake Carlson, Principal Investigator
IMLS, National Leadership Grant (Demonstration), 2011

“Building Capacity for Demonstrating the Value of Academic Libraries”
Summit Designer & Facilitator
with ACRL, APLU, CIC, and AIR
IMLS, National Leadership Grant (Cooperative Planning), 2011