GEM Recipients
Robert Hallis and Linda Lillard were recipients of GEM (Grant Enhancement Mentorship) Awards, a funding program offered through the Office of Sponsored Research. GEM Awards support faculty and staff in preparing grants that will be competitive at the state and national level. It also provides mentoring experiences to faculty and staff, including assistance in identifying funding sources, preparing budgets, and coaching on the preparation of the narrative of one's proposal.
Entitled "Crossing the Divide: Evaluating Modes of Accessibility and Assistance in an Electronic Environment," Hallis' proposal seeks to evaluate the means by which individuals become aware of web resources, use these resources effectively, and attain a functional literacy in a digital environment. The study will elaborate how modes of information and assistance affect end users and what options of access are realistically available within funding levels. The focus will be on disadvantaged individuals in a rural environment. The grant would provide for a technician and graduate assistant during the length of the grant as well as cover the cost of a server and related software
Lillard's proposal was a joint effort with Mollie Lawson and Pat Antrim. It involved offering an information literacy course online. The course will appeal to a wide audience because it will be designed in modules, where students only take the modules in which they are interested. Target audiences are not only students but also the general public and library employees who want to update their skills in particular areas, such as legal reference. The group went through the mentoring process with Harold Keller, Brenda Lyman, and Victoria Steel from the Office of Sponsored Research. This proposal was submitted to the Department of Education, LAAP: Learning Anywhere Anytime Project.