To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Be a Chapman University undergraduate (all undergraduate class levels and majors are eligible). Students attending Brandman University are not eligible.
- Have completed all or a portion of a research paper or project at Chapman during June 2012 – May 2013. For example, you can still apply if you have only turned in part of your project to your professor already, but will not have the entire project finished until later in the semester.
- Agree to have one's work on display in a library exhibit and/or the Leatherby Libraries Web site, which may include excerpts from their library research essay or other parts of the application.
The 600-800 word essays students submit with their applications will be the primary documents the judges will evaluate to determine prize winners. All application materials, however, will be carefully considered along with the essays. The judges will use the following specific criteria:
- Originality, depth, or sophistication in the use of library resources, which may include use of books, databases, archival material, periodicals, Internet search engines and Web sites, audiovisual sources (DVD, CDs, etc.), and other materials.
- Degree of demonstrated information literacy. An information literate student is able to:
- “Determine the extent of information needed.
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
- Evaluate information and its sources critically.
- Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base.
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and uses information ethically and legally.”*
*Association of College & Research Libraries. (2007). Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
Available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm
- Evidence of student's personal learning gained through the research process.
- How well the student met the essay requirements.
- A panel of judges will determine the prize winners:
- Charlene Baldwin, Dean of Leatherby Libraries
- Kevin Ross, Associate Dean of Leatherby Libraries
- Rand Boyd, Archives & Cataloging Librarian, Leatherby Libraries
- Nancy Stenerson-Gonzales, Cataloging Librarian, Leatherby Libraries
- Scott Stone, Performing Arts Librarian, Leatherby Libraries
- Maria Yanez, Coordinator of Interlibrary Loan, Leatherby Libraries
- Jim Brown, Ph.D., School of Education
- Eileen Jankowski, Ph.D., Department of English
- Melissa Rowland-Goldsmith, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences