Washburn University’s Mabee Library is one of 6 applicants chosen from 61 proposals to receive funding from the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund. The award will provide open source information literacy modules for use by middle and high school students in area schools to help them develop critical thinking skills and effectively evaluate information sources. In addition to providing these learning materials through school libraries, librarians from Mabee will provide in-person training of library staff.
“In the information era and knowledge economy, students are inundated with news and information,” said Alan Bearman, dean of University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention. “The LYRASIS grant is a great opportunity for our professional librarians to step out of the ordinary and think collaboratively with colleagues at various levels in the educational continuum about how to help students become sophisticated users of information and to avoid their being misled by the sheer mass of what is available.”
LYRASIS partners with member libraries, archives and museums and other cultural heritage organizations to create, access and manage information with an emphasis on digital content. The LYRASIS Catalyst Fund is a $100,000 award program to fund new ideas and projects by LYRASIS members. It was designed as a direct result of member requests for expertise, collaboration and perspective, and all projects resulting from the Catalyst Fund will be shared at next year's Member Summit.
Mabee Library is home to the Center for Student Success and Retention and the Washburn University Libraries. The Mabee serves the information and digital needs of the Washburn community of learning and provides spaces and programming that promote a student success culture at Washburn University.