Tomer Awarded Funding


C. TomerChristinger Tomer, Associate Professor at SIS, and Kelly Otter, Associate Dean of the College of General Studies, were awarded funding as part of the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence’s Eighth Annual Innovation in Education Awards Program. Tomer and Otter were recognized for their proposal on “The Planning, Development, and Implementation of an Online Information Literacy Curriculum.” 

The project will be funded from May 2007 through April 2008. The goal of the project is to create an information literacy curriculum which will teach students how to skillfully manage a key resource – information. The curriculum will focus on information literacy skills that will not only enhance the remainder of the educational experience at Pitt, but create a foundation for lifelong learning. 

Tomer, who teaches in the Library & Information Science Program at SIS, has research interests that span digital libraries, the economics of information transfer, and the open source and open access movements. In addition to his research, Tomer teaches courses in Technology for Information Management and Introduction to Information Technologies. Otter, Associate Dean of the College of General Studies (CGS), is responsible for CGS programs, curriculum, enrollment, advising and retention of adult and nontraditional students. She will also supervise the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Students.