As detailed in the strategic plan, Wheaton aspires “to be the leading liberal arts college in preparing students to create innovative solutions to big challenges — and to act on them.”

Information and technology literacies are a set of foundational skills, behaviors and ways of thinking that underlie these aspirations. These literacies comprise a set of skills that enable students to find, evaluate and analyze existing information as well as produce and distribute new information in a variety of formats. In a world powered by information, mastery of these skills is essential to learning, decision making, problem solving and innovation.

The Wallace Library’s Research & Instruction (R&I) department is dedicated to helping students learn how to negotiate our complex information landscape as both producers and consumers of information, from finding and evaluating sources to analyzing and interpreting data to understanding the complexities of information ethics. To this end, the R&I team provides information and technology literacy instruction both in and out of the classroom.

We look forward to working with you and your students during the year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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In-Class Instruction

We design sessions tailored to the needs of your class. Library sessions are most effective when taught in relation to a specific class assignment, and we can work with you to create assignments and library sessions that will meet your pedagogical goals.

In-class instruction is an essential part of R&I’s Information and Technology Literacy program. It enables us to directly connect our instruction to classroom content, making it more effective. Our sessions are interactive and activity-based to ensure maximum engagement and learning. Liaisons are available for class sessions in all disciplines, at all class levels. We will tailor our class sessions to the needs of your class.

A far from exhaustive list of session topics may include:

Understanding & Evaluating Sources
  • Scholarly vs. Popular Sources
  • Primary vs. Secondary Sources
  • Reference Sources
  • Evaluating Online Information
Finding Information
  • Search Strategies
  • Using the Library Catalog
  • Database Basics
Subject-Specific Resources
  • Key Resources in Your Field
  • Finding Primary Sources
  • Citation Overview
  • Intro to a Citation Style
  • Citation Management Software
Information Ethics
  • Plagiarism
  • Copyright
  • Privacy Issues
Data Analysis
  • Basic statistics
  • Excel, SPSS, Stata, etc.
Social Media in the Classroom
  • Blogging (Blogger, WordPress, etc.)
  • Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
Web Editing
  • WordPress
  • Google Sites
  • Weebly
  • ArcGIS
  • Google Maps
Qualitative Data Collection & Analysis
  • Qualtrics
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Dedoose
Presentation Software
  • PowerPoint
  • Google Slides
  • Prezi
Digital Storytelling
  • iMovie
  • Podcasting

For more information on our in-class instruction program, contact your liaison.

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First-Year Seminar Instruction

We have created a set of library sessions that introduce first-year students to the basic research and technology skills they need to become academically successful and information and technology literate. These sessions provide a common foundation of skills that students will build on throughout their tenure at Wheaton and beyond.

We offer three segments in support of FYS classes:

Foundations of Research (one 80-minute class)

This in-class workshop will introduce students to scholarly research, including:

  1. using basic research tools, like the library catalog and databases, and navigating library spaces;
  2. understanding the research process, from becoming familiar with a new topic to formulating a research strategy;
  3. developing keywords and combining them with Boolean logic to develop powerful searches; and
  4. understanding the distinction between different information formats and their uses.

Note: There are four videos, with associated quizzes, for your students to view and complete PRIOR to the in-class session.

The Ethical Use of Information (one 80-minute class)

This in-class workshop will introduce students to information use as a member of a scholarly community, including:

  1. the Wheaton Honor Code as is related to plagiarism and citation;
  2. the basic anatomy of a citation;
  3. how citations are used to facilitate the scholarly conversation;
  4. what types of information need citing and which do not; and
  5. how to identify and avoid plagiarism.
Other Sessions

We offer instruction sessions targeted to a particular assignment or resource (e.g., PsycINFO, Scopus, MLA International Bibliography, etc.), as well as more specialized software and platforms for digital scholarship projects, such as exhibits, oral histories and documentaries, blogs, and presentations.

For more information on our FYS program, contact your liaison.

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Teaching with Technology

We actively support initiatives that use technology to achieve pedagogical goals. We can work with faculty at all phases of a project, from planning to implementation. We can assist you in determining what type of project or activity will best help you to achieve your pedagogical goals, advise on which software package or platform will best suit your needs, and provide in-class training for your students.

Whether you have the germ of an idea that you want help fleshing out or a fully-fledged plan that you want assistance implementing, we can help.

Previous projects have included:

  • Digital Storytelling (iMovie, podcasting, etc.)
  • Web Development
  • GIS/Mapping
  • Text Encoding
  • Digitization
  • Social Media

Academic Innovation Funds are available to support new teaching with technology projects at Wheaton and are distributed to faculty by LTLC.

For more information on Teaching with Technology, contact your liaison.

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onCourse & Instructional Design

For help with onCourse, visit our onCourse Help pages or contact Peter Kirlew or Jillian Amaral.

Research Consultations

We provide ongoing research and technology support to your students throughout the semester through one-on-one consultations. Many faculty make liaison appointments a requirement for larger research projects. For more information, contact your liaison.

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Faculty Funding Opportunities from LTLC

The Library, Technology and Learning Committee (LTLC) administers three funding opportunities for faculty.

Academic Innovation Funds

LTLC awards a small number of grants for projects that use technology to achieve innovative pedagogical goals.

LTLC makes decisions about funding for projects based on the proposed use of technology for teaching, learning, and/or innovative pedagogy. The committee also looks at the project’s breadth of impact, and the college’s ability to support and sustain the project. The committee gives preference to projects that:

  • Explore the use of new technologies in Wheaton’s classrooms or present innovative pedagogy that uses technology (preferably both)
  • Most clearly and realistically delineate their goals, budget, and timeline
  • Extend the farthest beyond a single faculty member’s classroom/extracurricular student engagement
  • Engage most fully and realistically with available resources (support, etc) from the Wallace Library and Information Technology


  • Funds cannot be put toward faculty stipends, student or employee wages, or travel to conferences.
  • You are welcome to use funds to purchase hardware, software, electronic resources, subscriptions to online services, and/or to pay for services related to a project (e.g. digitization, licensing of content, or outside speaker fees).
  • Funds are to be used in the semester immediately following the application.
  • Award recipients must submit a detailed report indicating how the funds were used and plans for sharing their teaching innovation with the rest of the community within one year of when the funds are disbursed.
  • A consultation with an R&I Liaison is required as part of the application process.

If you have questions about how to apply for these funds, please consult with an R&I Liaison or a member of LTLC. You can also view Past Innovation Funds Recipients (pdf).

Submissions(Google form, requires Wheaton login) for the current round of funding are being accepted through November 4, 2019.

Research Computing Funds

LTLC offers small grants to fund the purchase of hardware and software for faculty research projects once a year (usually in the spring semester). We invite applications for funds for computing needs that will facilitate your research projects, including:

  • mobile devices
  • laptop and desktop computers
  • software and other computing resources

Priority will be given to:

  • Research needs that cannot be met through other funding sources
  • Equipment that facilitates new or ongoing research that will lead to the timely dissemination of results

All funding must be spent by the end of May. Additional information including funding amounts can be found on the application form.

The next round of funding will take place in Spring 2020.

Open Educational Resource Stipends

LTLC offers a funding opportunity for faculty members interested in replacing their textbooks in a course with Open Textbooks or other OER.

Replacing your textbook with an open textbook or another OER has a number of advantages, the most important of which is creating a more equitable classroom by removing financial barriers for students. We encourage you to consult with your liaison for additional resources.

SPARC provides a useful definition of OER and explains the OER initiative.

Learn about OER at Wheaton.


  • OER adoptions must take place in the current semester or the semester immediately following the application
  • Applicants are encouraged to have identified possible sources prior to submitting an application
  • Award recipients must submit a report detailing what materials were adopted and how successfully the OER materials were implemented by the end of the semester in which the materials were adopted.
  • Funds are distributed after the course using the OER has been successfully completed.

Additional information including funding amounts can be found on the application form.

Submissions (Google form, requires Wheaton login) for the current round of funding are being accepted through November 4, 2019.

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Course Reserve Request Form

Note: To access this Google Form, you’ll need to provide your Wheaton wID and email password.

Request a Purchase Form

Note: To access this Google Form, you’ll need to provide your Wheaton wID and email password.

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