**For Immediate Release**
McKee Library to Participate in Study
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-07-2008
From an AT&T News Release
Goodwell, Okla. -- OPSU’s McKee Library will participate in a seven-school project that will gauge the ability of Oklahoma college students to access and use information. The AT&T Foundation is funding the $43,275 grant for an initial study that will be used to develop an interactive, Web-based program to help students improve their information literacy and gathering skills. The grant helps fund the first phase of a large-scale projected entitled “Successfully Completing College: Developing Integrated Information Literacy Skills.”
The project will survey 2,500 students at the seven participating schools and will provide a benchmark of the information skills of students and identify problem areas. The grant will allow university libraries to design a framework for developing a program that will ultimately be integrated at each participating school. East Central University in Ada is leading the effort, and including OPSU, the remaining five participants include Cameron in Lawton; Langston University; Northeastern State in Tahlequah; Northwestern Oklahoma State, Alva; and Southeastern Oklahoma State, Durant.
The grant announcement was made on the East Central campus, and president Richard Rafes said, “We’re excited to contribute to a project where seven state schools are teaming up and working together to enhance higher education in Oklahoma.”