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Library Immersion Fellows Teams

Tyrique Richardson '21, New York City

Fletcher York '21, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Peace and Global Studies


First-year, first-generation students are invited to apply and join LIFT, complete the application form.

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.

Incoming LIFT students are eligible to apply for an all-expenses-paid Immersive Term at the end of their first year. This year's LIFT cohort went to Montréal. The 2017-18 Immersive Term is planned for Hawai‘i.

The tutorial occurs within the context of assigned weekly readings, research, and discussion based on current events, using media like The New York TimesNational Public RadioThe 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.

In the Spring, the LIFT Program sponsors 3-4 evening resource panels/presentations on topics geared for first-generation students. Attendees meet first-generation alumni, first-generation faculty, and receive guidance about educational and career planning.  Students earn $150 through regular participation. 

“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."

– Association of American Colleges and Universities Information Literacy VALUE Rubric

2018 LIFT Immersive Term in Hawai‘i


This year's LIFT cohort went to Montréal. The 2017-18 Immersive Term is planned for Hawai‘i.

Testimonial from Montréal Immersive Term 2017

"Montréal, when I look back years from now, will always be the starting point into my 'fire.' ... I know I can go out and wander a city now, I know I can make new friends, even if we don’t click exactly. Montréal is the beginning of my path to change the world and hit the ground running, and I’ve done a surprising amount of running here, alongside those new friends."

Student Goals

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. Practice and engage with technology tools 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.
Program Leaders

The LIFT Program Leaders are Bonita Washington-Lacey and Neal Baker. Bonita is the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of Accreditation Activities, and Neal is the Library Director.