Welcome: Get InFLOmation!




Are you ready for a REMIX on traditional teaching and learning strategies that can better engage today's students? Are you ready to FLIP The SCRIPT on your career trajectory and earn an advanced certificate in school librarianship that will teach you how to use HIP HOP as a way to curate learning experiences for your students similar to how a DJ curates a playlist?  If so, you are ready to get:

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InFLOmation Hip Hop Information Behavior Analytic Framework
According to Project RUSL PI, Dr. Kafi Kumasi, "To get InFLOmation, means to leverage hip hop culture as a way to expand how educators and librarians view, study, and support the everyday information behaviors of youth."- Full text article

Apply now for a unique opportunity to be a part of the inaugural cohort for Project RUSL, Restoring Urban School Libraries. Participants in this grant-funded program will receive:

  • Full tuition remission ($11K) while completing the 15 credit hour Experimental School Library Certificate Program 
  • $1000 stipend for books and travel
  • New laptop computer 
  • Embedded mentorship during coursework from school library professionals in districts across the country
  • Professional development on implementing Hip Hop Based Education into school librarianship
  • Access to newly purchased technology equipment (e.g. smartboards, 3D printers) for the respective school libraries 

Upon completion, participants will obtain an endorsement in school library media through Wayne State's School of Information Sciences. For more info on project RUSL, visit our About Us page and check out the faculty website of the Project Director, Dr. Kafi Kumasi, Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences. 

Important dates

  • Admissions deadline- April 1, 2021

    *Awardees will be notified by April 19, 2021


  • Kickoff workshop- June 23, 2021
  • Classes begin- June 30, 2021

    * Students must register by May 1, 2021


Michelle Smith RUSL Fellow 2021

Michelle Smith: RUSL Fellow 2021

I am Michelle Smith and I have been an educator for 25 years, teaching 21 years in the Harper Woods School District.  I have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching and an Education Specialist in Administration.  I have taught 4t...