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The Institute for Information Literacy at Purdue is thrilled to award $4,000 grants to the following researchers for
their projects examining complex information challenges with the aim of developing information literacy models that
enable people to successfully navigate and contribute to today’s information environment.
Librarians across the majority of states and across urban and rural divides are frequently encountering patrons
exhibiting conspiracy ideation. This project will define the gaps in information literacy praxis and expand on
the current information and metaliteracy frameworks to help combat and prevent conspiracism.
This project will identify and assess the context, user behavior, and information needs specific to incoming
transfer students at four-year universities. Better understanding transfer students' experiences can help
librarians develop high-impact cross-campus partnerships to tailor instruction for the intersecting literacies
needed for lifelong learning.
This project aims to understand the tenacity of conspiracy theories by investigating where (which institutions)
conspiracy theorists conduct their research, and what (if any) information literacy related policies and practices
are currently in place at those institutions. Results of this research will provide a basis for designing new
information literacy models and interventions specific to the realm of conspiracy theory, rooted in institutions
considered trustworthy by researchers of conspiracy theories.
Information scholars, librarians, and teachers require more sensitive models and frameworks for tackling the
significant social challenges we face today, such as the spread of fake news, the exponential growth of conspiracy
theories, and the weaponization of information for personal and political gain. This project brings together a
multidisciplinary team of experts from information studies, computer science, communications, political science,
and psychology to assess current frameworks, identify public audience needs, and draft or expand a new framework
to respond to 21st-century informational dynamics.
This project will investigate the phenomenon of critical information literacy in the context of health sciences.
It will posit a framework to support more effective evaluation and interpretation of scientific information by
researchers and students in Pakistan.