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“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

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.

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.