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Investigators at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, will use their research grant to examine how rural libraries address the challenges of Internet connectivity with hotspot lending programs. The project will gather qualitative and quantitative data from 24 rural libraries with hotspot lending program experience, focusing on the librarians involved with the program, the users of the program, local community stakeholders, and non-users. Research outcomes will address the role of rural libraries in local information ecosystems, the impact of hotspot lending programs on users' quality of life and digital literacy, community outcomes of these programs, and practical requirements for offering hotspot lending programs. Deliverables for the project include a guidelines document on program implementation, a short report on rural Internet connectivity and libraries, and a final research report.
The University of Washington will develop an educational program to prepare both new students and practicing professionals to: curate collections of open data of value to local communities, build infrastructure and preservation environments needed to sustain open data collections, and collaborate with open data providers on advocacy and outreach activities. Project collaborators include the Seattle Public Library, Washington State Historical Society, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Washington State Office of Technology. The project will benefit over 100 LIS students, through new course creation and practical field experience, and approximately 60 professionals, through webinars and open educational resources. The summative evaluation of the project will also include a study of broader workforce needs for public open data expertise.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), led by the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University (MCZ), will host a National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) cohort. The NDSR cohort will include five residents from across the country, all graduates of LIS or related master's programs, in a collaborative project to improve tools, curation, and content stewardship at BHL. Each host institution will provide mentorship to a resident for a specific project designed to improve the functionality of BHL and will identify how tools and processes may be transferred to or from other digital library and museum environments. Residents will be hosted at the following institutions: the Field Museum of Natural History and the Chicago Botanic Garden, Harvard University, Missouri Botanical Garden, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian Libraries.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will partner with the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) to adapt the existing National Digital Stewardship residency (NDSR) program to create a curriculum focused on art information management. The project will support eight residents over two years. Residents will complete projects at art and cultural heritage libraries across the country, increasing the functionality and accessibility of their host institutions' digital content and services. Mid-career mentors at each institution will also have the opportunity to participate in training and professional development. Curricula developed for this program will also be distributed by ARLIS/NA, increasing the impact of the project for art librarians and archivists nationwide.
The UCLA Department of Information Studies received a National Forum grant to bring together stakeholders responsible for the management of new forms of digital audiovisual evidence used by law enforcement. The project will help set specific priorities for the management and preservation of evidence generated by the widespread use of surveillance cameras, smartphones, and bodycams. The goals of the project are to identify areas of skill development for information professionals in law enforcement agencies, libraries, and archives, and to build institutional capacity for education that addresses information professionals' management of digital information and open data. By holding a three-day workshop with participants from a range of fields, the project will facilitate information exchange and collaboration between law enforcement, and LIS professionals.
The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), in partnership with a coalition of National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) organizers and stakeholders, will hold a symposium focused on evaluating and sharing the work performed over the first four years of NDSR programs. The meeting aims to: discuss and create standardized guidelines based on the NDSR evaluation being undertaken by the Council on Library and Information Resources; expand the geographic reach of NDSR; foster a digital preservation community of practice; and raise awareness of the NDSR program. The symposium will be free and open to the public, and grant funding will support attendance by representatives of organizations that serve under-resourced areas. Following the symposium, agreed-upon NDSR standards and guidelines will be compiled into a handbook to encourage the development of future digital stewardship residency programs.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science will create a professional development curriculum for school librarians, classroom teachers, and school literacy coaches focused on cultural competence and equity literacy. The university and its partners - the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University and Wake County Public Schools - will pilot the curriculum through a design-based research approach, provide support to the trained librarians and collaborators as they implement learned techniques, and create an online version of the curriculum for librarians nationwide. The project will directly educate 90 Wake County Public School librarians, classroom teachers, and literacy coaches, in employing cultural knowledge and awareness in developing effective instruction for the diverse populations of youth that they teach. The three pilot cohorts, one each comprising librarians, classroom teachers, and literacy coaches, will then be used to refine the curriculum and develop online modules that will be freely available to other school districts or individuals across the nation.
The Illinois State Library will develop and deliver an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) training program to improve library service and programs for the ASD community. Librarians will learn how to design physical spaces, provide necessary accommodations, and create library services and programs that support the resource and recreational needs of individuals with ASD of all ages. The project will provide in-library site visits and consultations to libraries throughout the state to better inform the development of library ASD service plans and will deliver a train-the-trainer, in-person workshop to 1-2 representatives from 50 libraries in Illinois through a partnership with Dominican University. Illinois State Library will also partner with Syracuse University to create a cluster of customized online ASD learning modules for the existing Project ENABLE website that will be available to library professionals nationwide. Finally, Illinois State Library will hold two annual forums for ASD practitioners, multi-type librarians, and other stakeholders to educate, strengthen collaboration, and build on the national network of support for expanding ASD library services.
The Colorado Library Consortium will expand the work of the Research Institute for Public Libraries begun in 2015 to train 102 librarians in a variety of public library evaluation topics including community needs assessment, outcome-based evaluation, and data use for planning, management, and demonstrating impact. Developed in partnership with Colorado State Library, this project will create and deliver three formats of the training: 1) a full-scale national institute; 2) a regional, two-day training; and 3) a day-long training suitable for pre-conferences. During the grant, Colorado Library Consortium will offer one National Institute in Atlanta, Georgia; four Regional Institutes in California, Maine, Texas, and New York; and two pre-conferences at the annual conferences of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and through the Public Library Association. The funds will also support evaluation and refinement of the curriculum, the creation of an online community of practice, and scholarships to support the training of staff from small and rural library systems.
The University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, in partnership with the College of Education, will use its grant to develop and deliver a post-master's certificate in Youth Experience (YX) design. The university will work with the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association and Office for Information Technology Policy to design and administer a 12-credit online post-master's certificate program focused on learning sciences including topics like adult mentorship, participatory design, and design thinking. IMLS funds will be used to develop the curriculum, educate 15 library professionals, and execute a series of evaluation activities to inform further development of the curriculum. The certificate program includes a 12-week capstone for participating librarians to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned and a series of workshops and webinars for other library information science schools to learn how they can establish a similar certificate program.
The American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will create a training program for library staff around college and career readiness services for middle schoolers. Working in partnership with the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, the project is geared to library staff in libraries with a service population of 15,000 or fewer, as well as libraries that are 25 miles or more from an urbanized area. Initially, the project will train 80 library staff through a highly collaborative and inquiry-based process before adapting the training into self-paced eLearning modules that are freely available to the library community. Additionally, YALSA will support a community of practice within its existing Teen Programming HQ to promote peer-to-peer learning and will develop, test, and refine a suite of college and career-readiness resources for libraries to adapt based on individual community needs.
For more information on the project: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/future-ready-library
This three-year Early Career Development research project at the University of Southern Mississippi will examine how public libraries in the past have been used as community learning spaces by members of marginalized and minority groups in order to better understand the mechanisms and conditions required for creating and fostering a sense of community among library users. The project will consider, as a series of historical cases, the twelve segregated Carnegie libraries for African Americans (or "Carnegie Negro Libraries" as they were known in the past), which operated as community learning spaces for African Americans in the pre-Civil Rights American South. The project will include a website, reports, contributions to BlackPast.org, and an online toolkit of assessment and planning materials for librarians to help with the review and enhancement of present library service and program design, collection development, and outreach practices.
This two-year research project at the University of Pittsburgh will explore youth data literacy in the context of youth services at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The goal is to build an understanding of the data literacy competencies needed by youth services librarians to support data literacy programming. The project will prepare the ground for future work to develop a new Library and Information Science curriculum and professional development opportunities to promote data literate, STEM-oriented youth librarians who can capably design, implement, and manage data literacy library programming for youth at the public library. Outcomes include a needs assessment of training requirement; a conceptual model of youth data literacy; and a prototype for a curricular model for the education of data literate youth librarians.
The University of Maryland will create and evaluate two user-centered assessment toolkits designed to generate information and feedback on the use of digitized Native American ethnographic archives for each user community, Native Americans, and academic researchers. The project includes the identification of meaningful and measurable impacts gathered from a spectrum of cultural heritage workers, scholars, and different constituencies of Native American ethnographic archival collections; the creation of impact assessment tools for analyzing digitized archives that involve ethnographic collections; and recommendations for improvements based on the findings of the impact assessments. Each toolkit will include validated and tested questionnaires and instructions for their administration; guidelines for coding, analyzing, and interpreting questionnaire data; sample reports; and specific case uses that demonstrate how to implement or respond to insights learned from assessment.
The University of Missouri Libraries in collaboration with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of California Los Angeles Library, and the Educopia Institute, will host a national forum for 100 attendees from multiple sectors to advance knowledge and practice of preserving online born-digital news content. The forum will be the third in the Dodging the Memory Hole series and has the overarching goal of developing and implementing a national strategy for born-digital news preservation as traditional systems for collecting, preserving, and providing access are not adequate for preserving a vital and growing portion of our nation's cultural record in the 21st century. In addition to the forum, the project includes the production and publication of an outline for a national agenda for preserving born-digital news online; identification of roles for stakeholders; facilitation of knowledge sharing; examination of technology platforms; preparation of students; and the identification of fundable projects that will advance online preservation practice.
Utah State University will partner with North Logan City Library and North Cache Center Junior High School for a three-year research project focused on developing and testing a replicable model of professional learning in support of maker programming across library settings. The partners aim to understand the learning needs, constraints, and opportunities of library professionals related to making so that materials and supports attuned to their needs can be developed. The research team will examine and document librarian learning over time; investigate how cross-site library programs embody maker learning practices; and test the replicability of activities and supports. Project outcomes include a new model of context-relevant professional development for rural and small town public and school libraries; a research-based specification of maker learning practices best suited for these kinds of library spaces; learning materials; and demonstration cases involving cross-library collaborations and programming for youth.
The professional workforce of librarians and archivists does not reflect society's diversity. With this three-year award, the Association of Research Libraries and the Society of American Archivists extends the successful ARL/SAA Mosaic Program, recruiting and supporting nine students from historically underrepresented groups. Mosaic's robust design provides participants with financial support for graduate-level archival education or special collections librarianship, emphasizing the development of digital curation and management skills. It also includes a paid internship in a partner ARL archive, a mentoring relationship, cohort building, leadership development, and career placement assistance.
Information professionals are expected to test users' experience (UX) online to create user-friendly environments for a diverse range of users, but few LIS programs prepare their graduate students for this work. Experience Assessment: Building User Experience and Assessment Capabilities in Libraries and Information Centers is a two-year master's level degree project that will bring together an interdisciplinary team and robust facilities at the University of Tennessee (UT) to create 12 leaders in user experience and assessment and develop an open access curriculum to continue creating these professionals. Students will complete hands-on, mentored research experiences at UT UX laboratories, UT Libraries, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Geological Survey, Information International Associates, and the Tombras Group.
The archival field, including educators, fails to reflect the changing demographic composition of the nation. More diversity of faculty would encourage recruitment of diverse students into professional education and nurture relevant training, pedagogy and applied research. In 2011, the multi-university Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI) implemented the Emerging Archival Scholars Program (EASP) supporting recruitment of minority undergraduate and master's students into doctoral programs. This project would continue and expand EASP for three additional years. Competitive EASP scholarships encourage students to consider careers as archival educators. The project will provide mentorship for applying to doctoral programs, networking opportunities with students and faculty from different programs, exposure to state-of-the-art research and pedagogical innovations, and a stipended nine-month faculty-supervised pre-doctoral research opportunity.
In the last decade libraries have struggled to keep up with the growing popularity of mobile technologies. With Project MISSILE (Mobile Information Skills and Solutions in Library Education), a planning grant to the University of Tennessee, Dr. Devendra Potnis, with Dr. Ed Cortez and Dr. Suzie Allard, will put together interdisciplinary graduate coursework for LIS students to serve as mobile technology consultants for libraries. They will develop a new course titled "Mobile Application Development"; create new modules for two existing courses; and form an advisory board of experts in mobile applications and related technologies.
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.
Through a national forum, the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences will convene a group of experts from inside and outside the library community to articulate a vision and roadmap for data science in libraries. The project's goal is to coalesce disparate communities with a range of experiences and perspectives on data science in support of developing and sustaining the National Digital Platform. The project focuses on both skills and management gaps by bringing together diverse constituencies to discuss opportunities for coordination and collaboration. The project aims to articulate a vision for data science in libraries, develop a roadmap for continuing education in data science for librarians, and provide guidance for library administrators managing data-intensive teams. Overcoming these gaps is crucial for connecting and interconnecting libraries to the other domains already transformed by data science.