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Feleti Barstow Public Library, the designated State Library Administrative Agency for the U.S. Territory of American Samoa, will expand electronic access to the Polynesian Photo Archives (PPA) and sustain regional access to databases. Established in 2000, the PPA collection contains nearly 800,000 images related to the territory’s history, traditions, and culture. Funds will support staffing and archival processing costs to ensure that historic still and moving images from the American Samoa government are preserved and made accessible to the public. As the founding member of the Information Literacy Consortium, a regional collective of libraries in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific region, Feleti Barstow Public Library will also support continued access to EBSCOHost databases.
Through the purchase and installation of library automation software, the Federated States of Micronesia’s Office of National Archives, Culture and Historic Preservation (NACH) will enhance collection management among its four main islands, which are hundreds of miles apart. Six participating libraries that serve students and the public will receive installation assistance and training for the new software. The project will pave the way for the development of a catalog that allows searching across different library collections and facilitates interlibrary loan. In this way, it will lead to increased resource sharing and give students and the general public access to enhanced collections.
The University of North Texas, in collaboration with the Shenzhen Library in China and Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, will use its grant to investigate and evaluate the effective and efficient application of Machine Translation (MT) technologies for providing multilingual information access (MLIA) to digital collections. Currently, multilingual digital collections rely primarily on human translation to convert metadata records, which is both time consuming and expensive. The project will produce an MLIA model and an open source multiengine machine translation system able to provide Chinese and Spanish translation of English metadata records. In an increasingly global knowledge society, machine translation is a promising tool for information sharing and knowledge discovery.
Oregon State University will collaborate with the University of Oregon, Purdue University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Pennsylvania State University to facilitate a study of faculty data management plans and create an analytic rubric to standardize the review of data management. As academic libraries evolve from their traditional role as repositories of information to being active collaborators with faculty in their research processes, there is a growing need for data management that supports the needs of the researchers. The project will analyze and identify common gaps and weaknesses in faculty understanding of data management principles and practices. The rubric will assist academic libraries in expanding or implementing the use of data management as a resource for researchers. It will give librarians a way to make informed decisions that will support continued quality research.
The Newport Art Museum will use its grant to support the expansion of MUSE, a school-to-career initiative that orients high school students to the management and administration of museums and cultural institutions through hands-on and classroom learning, multiple site visits, and mentoring. Developed in partnership with community leaders, MUSE is designed to strengthen museum-community connections, inspire and educate youth about careers in arts administration and museum management, and cultivate a professional workforce. The Museum will expand the program by providing additional sections and offerings of the coursework within schools and establishing paid internships for students.
California Indian Museum and Cultural Center staff members and youth from the center’s Native Youth in Action Service Learning Program will create datasets for California Indigenous, an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS)-based map exhibit designed to enhance K-12 instruction on California Indian history and cultures under existing curriculum standards. The grant will support a GIS consultant to train Native youth on GIS procedures to produce datasets for exhibition maps and consolidate datasets into a complete exhibit database; fund two week-long GIS Tribal Ambassador summer camps where Native GIS professionals and cultural center staff members will provide information about GIS careers and potential educational training opportunities to pursue those careers; and support a STEM college/career fair at the cultural center to present STEM educational opportunities to Native youth. The project will spark Native youth interest in STEM education and careers and build their digital media technology skills while increasing the cultural center’s GIS capacity.
Drayton Hall, a National Trust Historic Site, will complete an interpretive plan so the site may enhance learning experiences that will deliver high-quality, inclusive, accessible, and audience-focused programs for lifelong learning in an informal setting. The project will follow a structured planning process to explore, evaluate, and refine methods in consultation with museum professionals, academic scholars, and community stakeholders. Staff will study comparable sites and museums, work with a team of scholars to refine the themes, identify historic resources at Drayton Hall that best express these themes, and develop appropriate interpretive methodologies.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will purchase, customize, and implement an integrated, mobile-optimized, and user-friendly sales system. The system will replace six fragmented systems, enabling the museum to capture and analyze audience data to enhance its program offerings and communications with visitors. The system will help the museum improve its online and mobile sites, making it easier for customers to access and purchase science classes, educational camp programs, labs, demos, exhibits, films, lectures, and educational events. The mobile enhancement will particularly improve access and communications for racial and ethnic minorities who are among the highest percentage of smartphone users. The project will enhance engagement with the museum’s diverse audiences and help them connect with ideas related to the themes of environment, innovation, and health.
The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience will produce a newly designed tour program to empower the Asian Pacific American community to share their stories, help stimulate the local economy, and promote the historic and cultural vibrancy of the district. The Chinatown International District, on the National Register of Historic Places, is Seattle’s lowest-income neighborhood, struggling with multiple issues that threaten its preservation. The revision of the tour program will emphasize community storytelling and audience engagement. A volunteer docent program will serve as a starting place for community member involvement, and technology capabilities will be improved to better analyze data and grow audiences. The project will provide staff and volunteer professional development and increase visitorship to the museum and the neighborhood.
Artspace will reinvigorate its temporary collection of art on paper, called “The Flatfile.” The museum will hire a part-time education curator to fill a leadership and management role, recruit 40 additional artists to contribute to the collection, and produce a procedural manual to ensure program sustainability. The program will mix guest curators with educators and community leaders, who will be invited to organize their first art exhibition in the galleries. The collection will also become more accessible through the creation of a small, transportable, self-contained gallery unit for traveling exhibitions. The museum will schedule six onsite and six travelling exhibitions, along with free artist and curator talks, demonstrations, and workshops. Video exit interviews at offsite exhibitions will support program evaluation, along with surveys of visitors, guest curators, and website users. The museum will also create a new website for the collection, with improved design and searchability. The program will expand the Flatfile audience—including people who don’t come to the gallery—to engage with art and artists and learn from the collection.
The Coastal Main Botanical Gardens will complete a new master plan to manage and schedule its development through 2035. The planning process will include staff, stakeholders, community leaders, and visitors, facilitated by a nationally recognized planning consultant. A group of leading professionals in horticulture and garden design will further advise the project. The plan will guide the creation of sustainable facilities, gardens, programs, and staff positions and investment in new ideas to keep the museum positioned to fulfill its mission. The plan will build on the strategies that have been used to develop the museum in less than a decade as a nature preserve and community anchor that serves more than 90,000 learners and brings significant tourism and revenue to the Maine economy.
The New England Aquarium will launch a capacity building effort to reduce barriers for potential volunteers and increase leadership opportunities for some of its most capable existing volunteers. The Live Blue Service Initiative includes hands-on, engaging, episodic volunteer service opportunities; expanded community partnerships; and a volunteer leadership training program. To develop leadership among the current volunteers, aquarium staff will offer a training and engagement program for those who have exhibited the interest and capacity to become leaders. These Live Blue Service Leaders will help plan and execute the episodic service events. These will take place at the Aquarium and at partner organization sites and will include educational preparation around the environmental issues being addressed. Volunteers will share their experiences in the Aquarium, on its website and through social media, inspiring others to “live blue” to protect the oceans.
Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) will create a state-of-the-art online database of its library holdings. HHV is the steward of one of the most significant book and manuscript collections in New York State. Its research library documents 400 years of history focusing specifically, though not exclusively, on life in the Hudson River Valley. The tangible external product of this project will be the creation of an online public access catalog with more than 23,000 records for HHV’s book, manuscript, and pamphlet collections. Promoted on HHV’s newly re-launched website, through social media outlets, and in connection with sister organizations, the catalog will enable HHV to bring a large body of locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally significant material to the attention of its constituents and the larger community.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) will migrate two of its priority collections—anthropology and malacology—to a new, robust collections management system. The proposed upgrade to will support the efforts of scientists internally and externally to use the collections for research across a wide range of contemporary topics. CMNH also plans to use existing high-resolution digital images from the anthropology collections in ways that its current database management software cannot support. Interactive kiosks and a cross-gallery cell phone tour using digital images and information from the collection databases will enrich the visitor’s experience of the anthropology halls and life science exhibitions. Evaluation of visitors’ use of these new platforms will inform potential replication of interactives using other portions of the museum’s collections
The State Museum of Pennsylvania will complete the second phase of its Collection Advancement Project to inventory and catalog its 38,000-item Community and Domestic Life collection. Automating the collections records and improving documentation on artifacts will enable the museum to more easily provide collections information to its audiences by greatly decreasing the amount of research time required to assemble artifacts for exhibitions, research, and loans. The project will reconcile artifacts to original provenance data which will enhance the interpretive value of many thousands of artifacts. Greater intellectual control over collections will result in higher-quality exhibits supported by improved scholarship.
The Harwood Museum of Art will establish an on-site digital photo studio, photograph each object in its collection, and publish its collection catalog through searchable web pages on its website. The project will establish the technical infrastructure to support a new collection management database and integrated web-based publishing software and will transfer current collection data to the new system. The database will enable the museum to more efficiently manage its collection, process and track loans, and organize in-depth exhibitions by collaborating with other regional museums using the same software. The database will let users view, research, and use the art collection while ensuring its physical safety. The museum will use the print-quality images for future exhibitions, catalog, and image reproduction requests. The museum will evaluate the project by assessing engagement of targeted learners, including university and Taos school educators, K-12 students, families with children, lifelong learners, and researchers.
The National Aquarium will digitize and archive a video library of rapidly deteriorating film and tape stock representing 30 years of aquarium history. The aquarium’s video library covers a variety of topics, including animals both in exhibits and in natural settings; veterinary procedures; educational programs offered both onsite and in the community; community-based restoration activities; events for visitors; and historical documentation of the facilities. This footage is in a variety of media and formats corresponding to technological advances through the years. Digitizing the video library will preserve the footage while also providing easy access to it. A digital archivist/librarian will be hired to coordinate the project which includes the installation of new software and hardware for archiving film, necessary staff training, and the ongoing management of the archive.
The Gibson House Museum will complete digitization of 1,356 images contained in 21 albums, making them widely available to staff and researchers. The project will scan 1,042 historical photographs and add them, with descriptive information, to a database to make them available for exhibit, research, and educational purposes without endangering the originals. The images will be used in the museum’s website, newsletter, and other materials for museum visitors and virtual visitors. The family photos provide significant documentation of the historic home and of life in the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century in the Back Bay. The database will enable sorting of images by topics such as sitter, photographer, and date, and create a report that will serve as a visual catalog.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will use its grant to create high quality digital images of approximately 29,300 works on paper, link them to the museum’s collection management system, and make the images and select object information globally accessible via the museum’s website, ARTstor Digital Library, and the Art Project powered by Google. Critical evaluation of each stage of the project will result in a set of written procedures to guide future MFAH digitization projects. The project will advance the institution’s long-range goals by increasing access to its collections, delivering on its commitment to education and research, and ensuring the stewardship of its collections.
The University of California, Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) will image 71,600 specimens in its vascular plant collection in order to improve access to the collections for UCSB faculty, students, CCBER staff, environmental consultants, and the general public and contribute to a larger effort worldwide to digitize millions of biological specimens. In addition, the project will result in improved protocols for creating databases, increased capacity for online identification of specimens, increased preservation of specimens by reducing handling over time, availability of new data sets for regional and statewide biodiversity studies, and increased learning opportunities for interns in museum studies and collections management.
The Tucson Museum of Art will undertake the first phase of a collections storage improvement project, “Designing Space Within,” within an existing collections vault. The museum will undertake a five-day conservation consultancy with an objects conservator; reorganize select collections storage areas into a new and more compact footprint; complete a condition assessment, photography, and bar-coding of 2,836 objects; and install a high-density mobile storage system for two- and three-dimensional objects. The project will make the collection more accessible to the curatorial staff, researchers, and patrons via images on the museum’s networked database, existing virtual online exhibits, and within the storage vault.
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’Museum of Geology will digitize its Western Interior Seaway (WIS) paleontological collections, which comprise approximately 40,000 lots and provides a record of ancient ecosystems, dynamic environmental history, and scientific exploration dating to the late 19th century. The project will create an integrated digital catalog, linking critical field information with collections data. The project will also link data to the University of California PaleoPortal Collection Search, update a local partner museum’s (the Journey Museum in Rapid City, SD) WIS exhibit, and build a virtual field trip accessible online and at the museum. Increased accessibility and interpretation of data will support research, teaching, and public education. The project will pave the way to digitize key specimens and georeference collections with geographical information system tools to inform public policy on global climate change.
Denison University Museum will undertake Phase II of a four-phase project designed to enable accessibility and dissemination of accurate and complete information for the estimated 8,500 objects in the university’s permanent collection. The museum will hire a lead data specialist and a museums systems consultant to complete a comprehensive survey of the permanent collection, reconcile inventory data with existing legacy records, and launch a robust and scalable collections database with the capacity to support online dissemination of collections information. The project will result in streamlined daily operations and more education and training opportunities for student workers who aspire to become museum professionals.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden will complete a “Decentralizing of Living Collections Management” project to improve plant collections management. Staff will perform a complete inventory and re-tag living collections; update data in the museum’s new database; and connect the living collections system with its non-living collections system (herbarium database), plant image database, and public website. The project will give staff a baseline to care for each bed and plant; provide visitors with informative signage; and increase access and awareness of the collections. The project will expand the museum’s capacity as a research hub, and its ability to provide interpretation and education around botany, urban gardening, and botanic history.
The McKissick Museum will inventory and catalog 5,000 mineral and fossil specimens uncovered during an earlier IMLS-funded collections management project, including specimens collected during the 19th century. The museum will also address safety concerns associated with caring for and managing a sizeable collection of more than 600 radioactive specimens. The collection is important both for its scientific value and its historic role in early college and university science education. Museum staff will work with an advisory committee to plan research, collaborative projects, and methods of sharing information through educational programs, exhibits, and web-based programs.
The Children’s Museum of Houston and four partner museums will develop a product to enable family visitors to extend and customize their learning by combining the interactive components of a given exhibit with additional resources provided through any form of personal computer technology from smartphone to tablet to desktop computer. The goal is three-fold: (1) to design an effective system for museums to use in providing family visitors with mobile access to digital media content at specific exhibits; (2) to evaluate visitor outcomes related to the experience that these exhibits afford as compared to the experience without the additions; and (3) to make these enhancements available to other museums. The result will be an open source and copyright free system, backed by extensive testing, which will be available to all museums.
Visitor engagement is a key challenge facing museums today. The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) – in partnership with the Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art – will create a more effective system for compiling and analyzing data about visitor participation to increase the efficacy of museums in responding to the emergence of participatory culture and the desire for deeper engagement and long-term relationships with visitors. The partners will each pilot a version of the DMA Friends program, develop a detailed dataset of participation, and design methods of reporting and analysis to enable each museum to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The results of the project will be widely disseminated to benefit all museums seeking to increase participation and deepen engagement of among their visitors.
The Associations of Zoos & Aquariums will build the sustainability of its cooperatively managed Species Survival Plan® (SSP) populations. Currently, only 30 of the 500 SSP populations are genetically stable. The information needed to address this situation is currently only available in multiple, lengthy, and technical population planning documents for each SSP, This situation complicates recognition of the essential actions required, and thwarts decision making for those aiming to increase the sustainability of these vital wildlife populations. In this three-year project, AZA will distill the massive amount of related demographic and population information into a Sustainability Database to yield “Species Sustainability Reports” for all SSPs, revealing the path to build each population’s sustainability.
Curating Research Assets and Data using Lifecycle Education (CRADLE): Data Management Education Tools for Librarians, Archivists, & Content Creators is a collaboration among the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s School of Information & Library Science, the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, and the University Libraries. It is focused on helping data librarians, archivists, and information and library science students learn about data management and on providing instruction to data creators in their institutions. The project will result in free online courses on data management for researchers and information professionals to be offered through a “free university” platform as well as face-to-face workshops involving UNC staff, faculty, and students. Support is provided for two CRADLE fellows who will learn about and contribute to the development of this work on effective and efficient data lifecycle management.
SUNY Albany’s Educational Assessment and Evaluation for School Librarians and Teachers responds to calls for transparency and accountability in education. The project will also address public demands for higher standards, accountability, and effective instruction by training future educators in the design and development of the best assessment and evaluation practices available. These include targeting learning needs and providing culturally inclusive instructional materials for learners. The partners, which include SUNY’s Department of Information Studies, School of Education, and the Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science and Education, will use this planning grant to identify critical capabilities; create an assessment and evaluation course for 70 students; develop opportunities for school librarian and media specialists (SLMS) and teachers to align curriculum with assessment; and facilitate collaboration among classroom teachers and SLMS.
The University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences (UNT/DLIZ) and the UNT Libraries, in partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences library will offer a blended-learning master’s program in library and information science in the Educating Librarians in the Middle South (ELMS) project. The project will provide a web institute, online and blended classes, meetings, and workshops in digital content management. Elective coursework in health information, technology integration, and library services in diverse work settings will also be made available to 30 students from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. The project will result in a new generation of professional librarians and an active, regionally based cohort environment in a disadvantaged region that suffers from chronic inequalities in education and business and offers no other American Library Association-accredited master’s degree programs.
Old Dominion University, in partnership with the Virginia Association of School Librarians, will conduct NextGen2, a transformative distance learning program leading to a Masters Degree in Education with Virginia licensure in school librarianship. The next generation of school librarians will not only need to have the information and digital literacy skills integral to informational professionals in this century, they will also need to model and teach those skills to the PK-12 students who may well live to be citizens of the 22nd century. Drawn from classroom teachers in rural regions of Virginia, 18 students will become school librarians who will take roles of service and leadership both in their local communities and at regional, state, and national levels.
The American Library Association and the University of Maryland, in partnership with the International City/County Management Association, will conduct a three-year study of public libraries as providers of digitally inclusive services and resources. Digital literacy and digital inclusion are becoming increasingly important aspects of individual and community success. This study will generate new understanding of the roles public libraries are playing, and gaps or needs that must be addressed to help libraries fulfill their vision of equitable access for all. Building on the methods of the long-running Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, this new investigation will provide useful new data for public policy decision makers and funders.
The University of Illinois Libraries will partner with the William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum; the McLean County Museum of History; Heritage Preservation, Inc.; the Chicago History Museum; the Illinois Heritage Association; and the Illinois State Library to develop the Preservation Self-Assessment Program, a free computer-based tool that will help library, museum, and archives staff to conduct physical assessment and prioritization of preservation needs for paper-based and photographic materials. This tool will build upon the project director’s previous work developing a similar tool for assessing audio-visual collections, and will produce a detailed preservation report prioritizing collection items in order of preservation need. The tool will be designed to allow interoperation with other emerging software tools such as the open-source Archives Space collections management tool.
The California Digital Library will leverage the early success of its new Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool) to continue developing a cohesive set of resources that help academic libraries promote and provide better data management planning services for their campuses. DMPTool users include researchers, librarians, and administrators such as grant officers. Because data management practices and norms are still evolving, the project work plan includes significant information-sharing and feedback strategies with key stakeholder groups. The project team also will explore greater integration of the DMPTool with other research and data management workflow tools.
The Omaha Public Library and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Center for Public Affairs Research will produce a toolkit of useful resources and a replicable model to guide public libraries toward leadership roles in community engagement efforts in their local communities. The project will also help libraries to measure and communicate the value they add to the community. Deliverables will include principles, practices, and tools to help libraries engage with citizens and other organizations to produce a map of local needs and available assets, a portal of resources and guidelines to help position libraries as key community anchor organizations, and methods and metrics to help public libraries measure, assess, and communicate the success and impact of their services and programs.
There is little economic research investigating the impacts of patrons' Internet access—both in the library and at home—on the changing use and availability of traditional library resources. Researchers at Montana State University and the American Library Association will explore the feasibility of an economic study of the Internet's impacts on public libraries. The planning project team will design and test a research questionnaire to see if it can elicit information that would be used to effectively model and quantify these economic impacts and provide insights into appropriate changes in public library operations.
New York Botanical Garden’s Everett Children’s Adventure Garden opened in 1998 to teach children (aged seven to twelve) fundamental lessons in plant science. The garden has 12 acres of indoor and outdoor inquiry-based learning galleries, hands-on interactive exhibits, immersive natural environments, and programming. The New York Botanical Garden will conduct a detailed and comprehensive one-year evaluation study of the garden. The goals of the project include completing a thorough evaluation of the existing exhibit and landscape, researching the emerging theory that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiences can occur in a nature play setting, and evaluating the effectiveness of proposed new exhibits and space design. The proposed project will serve three core audiences: parents/caregivers and their children, teachers and students, and teen docents.
The Museum of Photographic Arts will use its grant for Accessibility Through Seniors, a comprehensive approach to providing increased access and comfort to all museum visitors by directly serving the needs of seniors. The project’s goals are to provide creative and social engagement for senior citizens in San Diego; to improve instructional practices and museum facilities to better accommodate seniors with cognitive and physical impairments; to evaluate the effectiveness of targeting seniors to serve the special needs of all visitors; and to create trainings, a manual, and a website to share its findings and assist other museums in improving the visitor experience.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum, with its partner the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, will increase public access to its photo and video collections online through the two-year Great Explorations project. Great Explorations will develop requirements and standards for catalog record formats and metadata for archival materials, connect the museum's library system to a digital asset management system to reduce duplicate data entry, connect other collection databases to this system, and continue to add information to these systems to aid searching for both the museum staff and the general public. Benefits of Great Explorations extend to multiple audiences, particularly teachers, researchers, the museum's staff and volunteers, and other museum professionals.
The Oriental Institute Museum will undertake Phase II of its integrated database project to improve its data management infrastructure and thereby increase its ability to provide information about its ancient Middle East collections to diverse audiences around the world, including scholars and researchers to K-12 educators and students, 21st-century learners, and the general public. In Phase I of the project, also supported by IMLS, staff moved registration and research archives datasets into a new KE EMu collections management system. In Phase II, they will import 92,000 images with associated metadata and approximately 70,000 conservation records into the new system. They will also conduct three user focus groups to develop the next iteration of the web interface.
The Noguchi Museum will upgrade its technology infrastructure to further strengthen its institutional capacity and commitment to public responsibility. New systems, servers, workstations, and software will increase the museum’s capacity to further advance its public mission now constrained by inadequate technology to support the management of digital material, effective communications, and day-to-day operations. This project will enable the museum to reach technological competency while providing the flexibility to meet future information technology needs. The museum houses a comprehensive collection of the artwork of renowned Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and is the prime resource by which his extensive production in sculpture, architecture, and designs are kept alive.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts will define and implement an enterprise content management system to store, organize, and make accessible the museum’s vast amount of intellectual property, including information about each work in the collection; interpretive content used in didactic labels and program materials; catalog essays; and the museum’s donor publication, Arts Magazine. Also, the museum will develop an application program interface that allows users to retrieve, via the museum’s website, digital kiosks, touch screens, or hand-held devices, more extensive information about the collection using keywords and other related cues.
The Peabody Essex Museum will significantly upgrade its information and data-driven infrastructure by purchasing a new large-capacity server system and a new collection management database system. The new server system will include a main consolidated data server and a backup. The new collection management system will allow the existing collections data to be migrated from the current database. Additional collection’s content, such as images of works or original documentation that have been made into electronic files, will be stored on the new large-capacity consolidated server. Both systems will enhance the museum’s institutional capacity by improving the museum’s current storage issues, but will allow flexibility for continued growth.
The Hammer Museum will purchase and install security upgrades to accommodate dramatic increases in visitor attendance, work-study and internship programs, larger-scale exhibitions, and an increased number of public programs and events. Upgrades will include digital cameras, implementing Radio Frequency Identification, and upgrading door readers to biometric systems so that all access to art storage can be tracked and monitored. A user manual and protocols will be developed, and all security staff will be trained in the use of this new equipment. Upgrading the security infrastructure is an important aspect of the museum’s overall ability to continue to serve growing and diverse audiences.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is causing significant mortality in captive apes, often killing members of these endangered species in the prime of their reproductive lives. Zoo Atlanta’s funded project is a direct result of a 2010 IMLS National Leadership Planning Grant and will create an innovative and coordinated national program to investigate ape CVD and establish uniform, state-of-the-art strategies for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Through the creation of a comprehensive, consensus-based database, the project partners will develop a cross-institutional mechanism to better understand important diseases of zoo-housed animals to assure their continued survival in living collections. Partners for this project are the Emerging Diseases Research Group of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
The University of Maryland at College Park and its partner, the American Library Association Office of Government Relations, will use this grant to fund fifteen scholarships for MLS students with a concentration in e-government. The rapid growth of e-government services continues to raise many fundamental questions about the nature of government information and its management, dissemination, access, and preservation. Digital technologies offer new and innovative approaches for governments at the same time as they challenge libraries to serve the changing needs of the public.
Ryan Shaw, Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will use this Early Career Development grant to invent new tools for understanding large collections of histories through computational text processing techniques. The project will focus on a promising technique for automatically identifying within narrative texts individual events and their participants. These events will then be used as basic units for building up larger-scale models of narrative structure that can be used to link and compare related histories. The specific histories to be used for this project are 80 scholarly monographs and 350 oral histories related to the civil rights movement.
This grant will fund an Early Career Development research project, in which Rutgers University Assistant Professor Chirag Shah will investigate the need to introduce and support collaborative information seeking for people working in information intensive domains like libraries. The intended audience of this project includes, but is not limited to, students, educators, researchers, developers, and practitioners. While much has been made of the collaborative nature of information systems’ content creation (wikis, blogs, etc.), the seeking and retrieval of information can also be enhanced through collaboration, one scenario of which might include networked expert reference.
Librarians are increasingly called upon to manage and preserve the resources created by an array of geo-location tools. The “Geographic Information Librarianship” project (GIL) is a two-year curricular research collaboration between Drexel University and the University of Kentucky. The project’s goal is to formally integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into library and information science (LIS) curricula at these two schools. The project’s objectives are to create two online GIL courses, implement a recruitment plan and deliver the two online GIL courses at both institutions; use a survey validation study of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to inform LIS curricula; and increase GIS related research in LIS. The resulting GIL courses will be permanently offered by the two schools on a biannual basis.