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In this Early Career Development research project, Dr. Michelle Caswell will study several questions related to the use and users of community archives, centered on the needs of LGBTQ communities and communities of color. The research will investigate the impact of independent, community-based archives in Southern California on the individuals and communities they serve, as well as provide tools for such archives to assess and articulate their impact. A preliminary community archives impact model will also be tested. Users of five community-based archives in Southern California will participate in focus groups and semi-structured interviews. Outcomes of the project will include an open assessment toolkit for community archives to study and assess their own users, as well as published research results.
Florida State University will conduct a research study, PROJECT A+: Students with ASD in the Academic Library: Coaching to Enhance Implementation of Librarian Professional Development. The study's goal is gathering findings that can be used to inform current practice in the enhancement of library programs, facilities, and services to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patrons. The project team will investigate knowledge and attitudes along with plans for implementing changes after training as well as anxiety levels and perceptions to answer the questions: What professional development strategies are more likely to lead to librarians' successful implementation of interventions and supports for students with ASD in different types of academic libraries? How do students with ASD describe their experiences in these libraries? What resources are being described as needed for implementing a successful library experience for academic library users with ASD? Findings will be shared at professional conferences for the library and autism communities, through a webinar, and via an implementation guide featuring embedded videos and photographs that show how academic librarians implement what they have learned through training and coaching over time.
Through an IMLS planning grant, the University of Kentucky will conceptualize a research data services model for academic libraries based on a patron needs assessment. The project team will conduct a multi-method study to investigate the current status of research data services, needs of potential patrons, and perceptions and opinions of heterogeneous stakeholders, such as librarians, administrators, and scholars. The expected outcomes include: a list of potential data services feasible in operating libraries, situations in which patrons need research data services, resources needed to offer data services, knowledge and skills needed by data services librarians, curricula suggestions for data-related LIS programs, and others. In particular, a conceptual data services model will be produced, which will identify types of data services, associated resources necessary for services, service platforms, knowledge and skills needed by librarians, and corresponding librarian education plans. In addition, this project will yield guidelines for data services librarian training and suggest curricula for library science programs.
StoryCorps will develop a set of web-based interactive tools and an app to help librarians use digital technology to engage with diverse constituents and develop unique and wide-ranging community documentation projects. The project will expand on StoryCorps existing resources and make them more readily accessible to more libraries as interested libraries can use the web-based resources to receive training in StoryCorps' methods. In addition, the new app will provide libraries with a low-cost method for people to record, preserve, and share interviews as libraries will no longer have to buy their own recording equipment or borrow equipment from StoryCorps to record stories. Particular emphasis will be placed on creating customized tools for small, rural, and tribal libraries to support outreach and interview collection in the communities served by these institutions. The project will offer interactive workshops about the tools at the annual Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums conference and the annual Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference.
The "Get Involved Collaborative: A Multi-State Approach to Increasing Volunteer Engagement" proposes to replicate the successful California State Library's trained volunteer initiative by using a scalable three-level matrix developed by the state libraries of California, Idaho, Arizona, and Texas via a 2014/15 IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries Planning Grant. This three-year continuing education initiative will change the perception of the use of volunteers, improve volunteer engagement practices, and teach new methods to recruit skilled volunteers by training over 360 librarians across Idaho, Arizona, and Texas. Skilled volunteers can provide support to libraries in areas such as topical expertise, marketing, fundraising, and succession planning, serving as a valuable resource to libraries that may be lacking financial and human resources.
Loyola Marymount University's William H. Hannon Library, in partnership with San José State University School of Information and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, will extend and improve the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL). Sixty novice academic and research librarian researchers will receive instruction in research methods and a full year of support to complete a project. Participants will develop their research skills through participation in a summer workshop featuring in-class exercises and hands-on writing sessions as well as research studies conducted at their home libraries. The project team will deliver instruction; create a workshop environment; foster an environment of collegiality and support in the research process; facilitate the dissemination of results; and focus on new evaluative components to create a cost-effective, sustainable model for academic and research librarians to become skilled researchers capable of mentoring and collaborating with one another in their investigative work.
American Library Association's Public Programs Office will develop and deliver web-based and in-person workshops that equip librarians with skills like coalition-building and dialogue facilitation so they can better understand, support, and engage with their communities. To meet this goal, the American Library Association will collaborate with the National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation to create a broader offering of free community engagement resources for exploration learning by library professionals. Training will be provided through a series of free webinars and three in-person pre-conference trainings. American Library Association will also offer 25 travel scholarships for small and rural librarians to participate in the in-person training.
For more information on the project: http://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/ltc-models-for-change
Educopia Institute and the Library Publishing Coalition will design and implement a competency-based curriculum for library publishing that includes synchronous and asynchronous professional development opportunities for librarians. Library publishing is a new field that has emerged to address demands for publishing platforms and services that support the production and dissemination of scholarship, including websites, e-journals, textbooks, and other open education resources, conference proceedings, digital humanities projects, theses, monographs, and other work. The project team will train 60 librarians; help 10 libraries launch or enhance publishing services; integrate materials into at least one graduate course in library and information science; and develop curriculum featuring instructional videos, readings, process maps, case studies, tips, and model documents to help guide librarians through the publishing process.
The New York Public Library will develop and deliver a blended learning early literacy staff training in partnership with the New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at the City University of New York. Building on the existing early literacy expertise of children's librarians, the training will also help librarians learn from the research-based practices of early childhood educators. New York Public Library will develop four training modules: Foundational Training; Enhanced Storytimes; Family Literacy Workshops; and Daycare/Pre-K Support. The modules will be piloted with 150 New York Public Library staff and the refined curriculum and instructional materials will be disseminated nationally through a public-facing website and outreach for adaptation and use by other library systems.
The University of Maryland iSchool will expand the Lilead Fellows Program from the current long-term professional development opportunity offered only to a single cohort to a sustainable program available to all leaders in school libraries across the country. The expanded program, based on lessons learned from the first iteration of the Fellows Program, will feature online professional development for school library leaders and a second cohort of 25 library supervisors who seek to be activists and advocates for school libraries at the district level. The project focuses on professional development using strengths-based leadership, transformational change, effective communication, and evidence-based practice. Activities include three in-person meetings at the beginning, middle, and end of the program? virtual progress meetings throughout the program? and four short online courses.