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New Jersey State Library and partners, New Jersey State Parole Board, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Long Branch (NJ) Public Library, and Free Library of Philadelphia propose a two-year project for public libraries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in collaboration with other government and nonprofit organizations, to provide services to citizens returning to their communities after being paroled or after completing their prison terms. The project will develop a process model and a toolkit of best practices for libraries to collaboratively assist local communities and their returning citizens with the reentry process. An Advisory Committee, including public library staff with experience helping returning citizens in San Francisco, Denver, and Washington, D.C., will inform and monitor the project.
Libraries Without Borders will conduct a two-year project to refine and assess partnership models between public libraries and coin laundromats across the nation using its Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI). WALI enables libraries to offer early childhood literacy, digital literacy, and information access services inside laundromats. The project team will refine the existing model and tools, drawing on past work in eight states, and continue to scale and evaluate the model with Enoch Pratt Free Library, Allegheny County Library Association, and the Minnesota State Library Services. The WALI project will develop and distribute a toolkit with a set of resources including access to case studies, webinars, and logistical materials available to any library systems that want to implement WALI in their community.
University of Texas Arlington Libraries, in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, will build on an IMLS planning grant on maker competencies and the undergraduate curriculum to provide resources that will prepare librarians to collaborate with faculty for curriculum design and makerspace integration. The partners will test the list of skills developed during the planning grant, establish an assessment tool to measure the impact of academic library makerspaces on student learning outcomes, and add a professional development component for librarians and staff. The program will empower academic librarians to become curriculum design and assessment leaders within the academic library community and help them engage with faculty in the design of assignments that foster student growth through experiential learning and hands-on problem solving.
The University of Oklahoma, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Wayne State University will perform an in-depth analysis of how small and rural public libraries support community health and wellness through public programs. The research will be used to develop and disseminate a model that will inform libraries about successful strategies and common obstacles associated with developing new health and wellness programs and how to assess and build on existing programs. By gathering data from librarians, patrons, and outside partners with whom libraries develop and implement these programs, the project team will answer the over-arching research question: How do small and rural public libraries address health and wellness through public programs?
Researchers at the University at Buffalo and Indiana University-Indianapolis, seek to conduct a three-year Research in Service to Practice project investigating faculty perspectives of student privacy and their practices in relation to emerging learning analytics (LA) tools and initiatives. The project seeks to examine the following research questions: RQ 1: What privacy resources do faculty incorporate into their courses? RQ 2: How do faculty address student privacy in their instructional designs and adoption of educational technologies? RQ 3: What student privacy issues are faculty aware of, especially in relation to learning analytics? RQ 4: What student privacy values do faculty promote, and how do these values inform their instruction? RQ 5: How do institutional conditions impact faculty's student privacy views, and how and with whom can they address student privacy in their instruction and at their institution?
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) will fund pilot research project teams to develop models for creating impact-centric measures for libraries. Historically, research libraries have identified quantitative measures without specifying the value and impact of those measures. In response to the absence of outcome- and impact-centric measures, ARL developed a Research Library Impact Framework to describe the impact of a research library's services and programs in support of typical, real-world institutional missions and goals. The current project addresses the needs of libraries and archives to more precisely understand and better communicate the impact they have within their own institutions and across broader research and learning ecosystems. This highly collaborative project focuses on the needs of the researcher and the learner, in the context of the research and teaching mission of research libraries across the country.
The Texas Digital Library, collaborating with multiple partner institutions, will plan a service model for the first nationally-distributed digital preservation service for private and sensitive data. While distributed digital preservation services have been offered in the United States for over a decade, there is no distributed service offering for sensitive data. Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Health Information, as well as other sensitive data in the custody of libraries, health science centers, and archives is at an escalated risk of loss. The project partners and consultants will support the research and data gathering needed to model a nationwide distributed digital preservation service for private and sensitive content. The final grant deliverables are a report modeling the establishment of a service in the United States for sensitive data, as well as templates for legal agreements, technical requirements for data transfer, and sustainable service cost modeling.
The University of Idaho Library will refine, test, and promote CollectionBuilder, a lightweight, flexible tool for creating digital collection and exhibit websites driven by metadata, and powered by modern static web technology. The tool will generate polished and engaging websites from spreadsheets of collection metadata, creating interactive visualizations for users to discover content and understand context"from maps and timelines to data downloads. The project team will refine and expand the development of CollectionBuilder, optimizing its code base and developing documentation; build a community of collaborators and advisors to test CollectionBuilder and contribute to its refinement; and map the creation of future web publishing tools that situate libraries and information professionals at the forefront of their development and implementation. Unlike currently available platforms, CollectionBuilder is focused on providing information professionals with the mechanisms and support needed to independently create digital collections and exhibits without highly specialized IT systems or expertise.
The University of Northern Iowa Library and Computer Science department will explore an academic library's chat reference transcripts using multiple topic modeling techniques. Analysis of chat transcripts can provide librarians with rich insights into improving the quality of library resources, services, accessibility, and spaces. However, in practice it is difficult for library professionals without extensive technical expertise to go beyond simple quantitative analysis. This project will identify the most appropriate topic modeling technique(s) in the context of chat reference data and develop a prototype chat-analysis and assessment tool. Outcomes and findings of this project, which will be disseminated as open source codes and via diverse publication venues, will be used in a future project for developing a user-friendly analysis and assessment tool for chat reference data. The project seeks aiding librarians to move beyond simple analysis to a deeper and more nuanced understanding of patron needs by uncovering hidden patterns and trends.
Stanford University Libraries will hold a national forum and subsequent working group meeting of archivists, librarians, and technologists, focused on the integration of systems for the discovery and delivery of archives and special collections. These meetings will build consensus around strategic and technical directions to improve user experience, access, and interoperability across systems used by archivists, librarians, and researchers working with archival material. The project will develop a forward-looking agenda for a sustainable, integrated future for archival discovery and delivery systems and provide a model for values-driven technology work within archives and special collections.
The Sacramento State University Library, in collaboration with the San Jose State University Library, will hold a two-day forum that will focus on standards and best practices in evaluating scholarly communications programs at large master's degree-granting public universities. Forum attendees will include experts from library assessment, who may have experience in scholarly communication, to present and lead discussions on how existing assessment techniques can be implemented for scholarly communication services. The forum will result in a report with recommendations for standards and a comprehensive set of best practices in assessing the range of services that comprise a scholarly communication program.
The North Carolina State University Libraries, University of Kansas Libraries, and Illinois School of Information Sciences will develop, populate, and pilot the Scholarly Communications Notebook (SCN), an open educational resource index and repository that will serve as the location for an active, inclusive, empowered community of practice for teaching scholarly communications to emerging librarians. Building on a successful IMLS Planning Grant, the team will develop the digital infrastructure for the SCN, recruit participation in content development from a broad range of intersectional identities, and pilot the resource in a diverse set of LIS graduate programs. By using intentional design, ensuring engagement with experts across the country, and prototyping use in leading LIS programs, the SCN will leverage open education and open pedagogy to empower stakeholders to fully realize scholarly communications as a transformative practice and support the evolving needs of libraries and their users.
The University of Oregon Libraries, in partnership with Oregon State University Libraries and Press, will develop a suite of analytics and reporting tools for Hyrax (an open source, Samvera-powered repository front end). This project will incorporate existing and emerging best practices for repository analytics with an eye towards balancing accuracy, data privacy, and functionality and contribute to a growing area of library research. Focusing on creating new dashboard functionality to enable repository managers to tell the story of their collections and their users, this project will help increase parity of this open-source infrastructure with third-party repository and analytics platforms. The work will contribute directly to Hyrax's community development initiatives, with all code contributions, documentation, and project updates made openly available and coordinated with platform stakeholders across the country and in alignment with identified Samvera community needs.
The Open Textbook Network of the University of Minnesota will create an Open Platform for Authoring Open Textbooks " an application that will provide a strategic infrastructure for writing, designing, and producing open textbooks. The development process will be open, iterative, and community focused. The proposal is based on the following plan: (1) Structuring the Authoring Experience - The Platform will provide structural supports to help authors delineate and apply consistent instructional design across all elements of a textbook. (2) Interoperability " Content import/export functionality will be compatible with existing publishing technologies through standard data and file structures. (3) Collaboration " The Platform will provide collaboration functionality for faculty to work with authors, librarians, editors, peer reviewers, instructional designers, and other contributors who can help authors create quality textbooks. This project aims to expand the capacity for the authoring of OER materials.
The Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group will create the Digital Content Reuse Assessment Framework Toolkit (D-CRAFT), which will contain resources, recommended practices, and use cases for sustainably measuring and evaluating the reuse of digital assets held by cultural heritage knowledge organizations. The creation of D-CRAFT will allow cultural heritage and knowledge organizations to better understand the ways users engage with, reuse, and transform digital content. It will standardize approaches and recommended practices for assessing and communicating the economic, educational, scholarly, scientific, social, and cultural value and impact of digital collections. Ultimately, D-CRAFT will support the use of evidence-based approaches to build and improve on inclusive, user-centered platforms, systems, and collections.
The Lebanon Public Libraries (Lebanon, NH), with the Westchester Public Library System (Westchester County, NY), The Cherry Hill Public Library (Cherry Hill, NJ), and the LEAP Encryption Access Project will develop software called LibraryVPN which will allow libraries to host a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for library users. VPNs can keep people from harvesting and selling personal data, prevent malicious actors from seeing internet traffic when connected to open WiFi, and help prevent other types of online tracking which compromise people's privacy. This grant will be the first phase of the LibraryVPN project and aims to produce a product that can be trialed by a small number of test libraries. In the second phase, feedback produced by this phase will be incorporated to make the product ready for general adoption by libraries. The third phase of this project would involve promoting it to libraries and assisting libraries with adoption.
The Alameda County Library, along with partners from the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom, Data & Society Research Institute, and librarians from across the country will use knowledge gathered during the IMLS-funded Library Values & Privacy National Digital Strategies planning grant (LG-73-17-0062-17) to further an extensive privacy knowledge plan by actualizing the findings in a practical application: Privacy Advocacy Guides. The team will disseminate the findings to a broad audience by producing a run of the printed and laminated guides to be discussed and distributed at ALA Annual Conference in 2020, two regional conferences, and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries annual conference. The team will also send a sample guide to libraries across the country with a message to library directors on how to use the guides in libraries and where to download more copies of the guide.
The New York Public Library will create a database of published books from the US Copyright Office's Catalog of Copyright Entries. The proposed project will support NYPL's broader work to increase digital access to public domain books published in the 20th century, and unlock access to thousands of books in the public domain for libraries across the country. The project hopes to enhance the searchability of certain copyright records that will aid in opening access to books published after 1924. By extracting the data from nearly 24,000 pages of copyright records, this project will lay the foundation to make over 800,000 records about books and other materials more accessible to the public. The proposed activities build on work piloted by NYPL over the past 18 months and will complete a dataset of copyright records created between 1924 and today.
The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) is partnering with the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (representing 94 academic libraries in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and New York), to explore, develop, and pilot an open source, multi-tenant, consortial institutional repository (IR). The model should deliver ultra low-cost hosting, discovery, and access to digital material for member libraries. Ultimately, project collaborators aim to create a consortial IR service individual libraries may use, customize, and brand as their own, while building the capacity and functionality required to share underlying infrastructure, hosting, and administration costs across institutions. Partnering organizations will build member libraries' capacity to serve their communities with access to digital collections by reducing IR-hosting and administration costs through shared infrastructure.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, a library, archives, and museum located in Santa Fe will partner with the New Mexico State Library Tribal Libraries Program, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and other stakeholders to investigate and evaluate the potential of Natural Language Processing (NLP) for helping connect users to archival content. The project team will examine how NLP can be most effectively trained to work with archival material, test methods for combining NLP results with archival description, and work iteratively to develop user interfaces informed by usability testing throughout the project. This work builds on earlier IMLS-funded research using NLP to aid browsing and incorporates repository stakeholders to increase the applicability of results to various material and software systems.
The Internet Archive and the Center for Open Science (COS) will prototype innovative social and technical work supporting open science data curation, preservation, and access by libraries and archives. The project will begin by piloting registrations in the COS' Open Science Framework (OSF). It will then pursue technical work for the distribution of this data across additional preservation networks to expand its availability to librarians for curation. The project will then provide related training to a cohort of data stewards, conduct exploratory work to include additional OSF datasets, and test library services supporting bulk access to this data for computational analysis by researchers. These deliverables will develop expertise, prototype interoperability, and expand access methods for an institutionally and technically distributed open data network. The work enables research reproducibility, distributed preservation, and perpetual access, with the goal of uniting researchers and data librarians in the broader mission of open data archiving.
Educopia Institute, the Library Publishing Coalition, and 12 partner libraries will investigate, synchronize, and model a range of workflows to increase the capacity of libraries to publish open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Most library publishers develop services in response to local needs, and initial workflows are generally home-grown and varied. This makes comparative analysis and peer learning nearly impossible and contributes to frequent omissions of crucial workflow steps, such as contributing metadata to aggregators (essential for discovery and impact) and depositing content in preservation repositories (necessary for a stable scholarly record). This project's workflow model will help libraries provide strong services for a wider range of journals, representing a significant advance in the development of open and academy-owned scholarship. Documented workflows will help existing and aspiring library programs to streamline their processes and follow best practices in journal publishing.
Virginia Tech University Libraries, in collaboration with Virginia Tech Computer Science and Old Dominion University Computer Science, will bring computational access to book-length documents, through a research and piloting effort employing Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). The library and archives fields lack research on extracting and analyzing segments of long documents (chapters, reference lists, tables, figures), as well as methods for summarizing individual chapters of longer texts to enable findability. The project brings cutting-edge computer science and machine learning technologies to advance discovery, use, and potential for reuse of the knowledge hidden in the text of books and book-length documents. By focusing on libraries' ETD collections, the research will enhance libraries' ETD programs, devising effective and efficient methods for opening the knowledge currently hidden in the rich body of graduate research and scholarship.
University of Michigan's School of Information and Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR) will seek to understand how specific curatorial actions (e.g., cleaning data, standardizing variable names, linking datasets) impact the preservation, accessibility, and usability of digital collections. While there is ample evidence that data curation is critically important, we do not understand how curatorial actions impact the use of digital collections and particularly which actions generate the most benefits. This project will analyze a range of five-years of data at ICPSR and assess stakeholder needs, priorities, and values for data reuse in order to develop and refine curatorial metrics for measuring the impact of curation activities.
The University of Rochester River Campus Libraries, in collaboration with Colgate University, Cornell University, and Syracuse University, will plan and pilot a skill-sharing program. The program will use the Library Carpentries train-the-trainer model to promote continuing education and cross-institutional collaboration throughout New York State. This planning grant will analyze two intertwined needs within the library community. The first is how to train and support librarians in the digital fluencies that are increasingly relevant to research and teaching efforts. The second is how to meet those demands by working regionally across libraries and institutions and drawing on a range of expertise. This work will serve as a template for structuring a community of practice that supports public and academic partnerships that meet the evolving needs of libraries across the country.
Queens College and Texas Woman's University will host two participatory design workshops on integrating computational thinking (CT) into Library Information Science (LIS) youth services coursework. LIS youth services faculty have identified CT, a framework for problem solving and critical thinking skills, as a critical literacy for youth. LIS students need access to courses that prepare them to integrate these skills in youth programs. School and public librarians need resources to incorporate computational thinking into the programs they design for and with youth. To address these needs, an interdisciplinary faculty will collaboratively develop a framework, model curriculum, course modules, and class activities. Then, librarians will use these resources to develop computational thinking library activities for youth and training materials for librarians. Materials developed through the workshops will be made available through the Libraries Ready to Code website and information about the project will be shared through a webinar, a podcast, and at national conferences.
This project will bring together academic library professionals at the University of Arizona, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Purdue University with classroom instructors to develop disciplinary-based, information literacy curricula. The project will apply a learning design model that underscores the role information plays in the learning process. Preparing graduates to use digital information in their future work and lives requires teaching students to use information in disciplinary and professional learning contexts. This project will help academic library professionals collaborate with disciplinary instructors in order to integrate information literacy into courses and assess the outcomes of the resulting coursework. The results will be shared with academic library professionals, administrators, and information literacy thought leaders across the nation.
Pittsburg State University will work with 25 teachers from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas who are either Hispanic or serve in school districts with at least a 15 percent Hispanic student population. These teachers will earn a Master of Science degree with a Library Media emphasis. The curriculum will begin with a cultural immersion program that provides meaningful context to future course work and leadership activities. The curriculum will incorporate culturally responsive teaching methodologies and specialized professional development in English for Speakers of Other Languages methodologies and assessments. The program also includes field mentoring to support the school librarians and leadership mentoring activities. The goal of the project is to better train Hispanic and Hispanic-serving school librarians to address the information needs of the Hispanic students in the four state area.
A team of educators at the University of Tennessee's School of Information Sciences, working with University of Tennessee Libraries, and the University of Denver, will develop Collaborative Analysis Liaison Librarians (CALL), a master's-level instructional project. The project will educate a cohort of 14 leaders in science library liaison roles. The project will also develop a model of experiential learning and curriculum, which will be made available for programs across the country. An interdisciplinary and interagency team will recruit, educate, and mentor this cohort. The cohort will focus on building liaison skills to better collaborate with researchers in science-focused agencies and to build curriculum and skills for liaison librarianship. Each student will benefit from an immersive practicum in a participating science agency, mentoring relationships with experts in STEM librarianship and science information services, and an ALA-accredited Master's degree with a specialization in liaison librarianship. The project will conclude with a summit where participants will share best practices and insights from the practicums, mentoring, and curriculum.
Syracuse University will expand and enhance current training opportunities for library and archives professionals in order to help them effectively service patrons with disabilities. In partnership with Infopeople, Syracuse University will create online training and train-the-trainer learning opportunities and resources for school, public, and academic librarians using an innovative problem-based learning approach. Housed on the Project ENABLE and Infopeople training websites, the project team will train librarians and build their capacity to effectively train their fellow staff to create inclusive and accessible libraries and library services.
Pacific Library Partnership, in partnership with the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), will refine the Reimaging School Readiness toolkit, which was developed by the CCC and California State Library. The project team will also train 1,500 librarians across the nation in how to incorporate research backed concepts and activities into school readiness and early learning opportunities. The Pacific Library Partnership will hire a consultant to evaluate the toolkit, the train-the-trainer program, and the overall project and provide recommendations on the content and structure of the model. The project will provide librarians with the tools, methodologies, and resources they need to provide evidence-based school readiness programming to support children under eight years old and their parents or caregivers.
Public libraries face a pressing need to evaluate their offerings and use the resulting evidence to inform internal decision-making. The Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) has trained nearly 1,370 library staff nationwide on introductory evaluation. The Califa Group - in partnership with the Colorado State Library, State Library of North Carolina, Rebecca Teasdale & Associates, LLC and LH Evaluation & Training Group - will build off RIPL's success by developing and piloting a nine-month cohort-based peer learning process to further advance evaluation skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Each cohort will evaluate a library program or service and produce empirical evidence to support internal decision-making. At least 30 public library staff members, representing 15 public libraries in three states, will complete the cohort experience. The project will also produce a library of at least 20 coaching videos that will be available for free on the project website, Infopeople platform, and the RIPL Community of Practice.
University of South Carolina will conduct a three-year research study to identify the impact of collaboratively designed and implemented Guided Inquiry Design (GID) Units on K-12 student learning outcomes. GID is an instructional approach that enables school librarians and classroom teachers to support student-driven inquiry. During four summer institutes, the project's instructional specialist will equip 40 school librarian-teacher instructional teams to implement GID units their schools. The researchers will then assess how the collaboratively designed and implemented GID units impacted K-12 student learning outcomes and make that data available. They will develop an online community of practice to support long-term implementation in ways identified by the research project as being most impactful.
A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, University of California, Irvine, Queens College, and The Pennsylvania State University, will explore how underrepresented minority students develop and maintain a sense of community and belonging within cohort-based recruitment programs. The team will also look at how these experiences compare to participants' sense of community in their graduate programs and workplaces. The project will also provide recommendations for how the community developed in recruitment programs can be extended and scaled to a model of lifelong learning and support. Through a pilot with the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3 - a cohort-based recruitment program), the project team will develop and conduct three qualitative case studies in three LIS, cohort-based recruitment programs geared towards underrepresented students: i3, Spectrum, and Knowledge River. A comparative analysis of participants' experiences across case studies will enable researchers to identify the mechanisms that contribute to developing and maintaining a sense of community. These findings will be translated into a model for recruitment and retention that specifically addresses isolation and gaps in support.
The Denver Public Library, in collaboration with a national steering committee, will explore how libraries in mid-sized cities can build and support internal cultures that are representative of the communities they serve. The team will create replicable staffing models that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. These models will also value lived experience and authentic community relationships as professional qualifications. Project activities include: conducting an environmental scan, engaging a research and evaluation consultant to interview staff with a variety of backgrounds, convening a national symposium, and creating a report with recommendations for this work in the library community.
Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics (CCI), in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Drexel Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, and the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, will develop and implement a project to enhance Library and Information Science (LIS) programs focusing on community engagement. The goals of the project include developing a community-based learning model for LIS education and sharing the model with other LIS programs nationwide. The project will also develop and implement a post-baccalaureate Community Catalysts Certificate, which can stand alone or be integrated into an ALA-accredited LIS degree program. Finally, the project will educate twelve IMLS Community Catalysts Fellows on the design, development, and management of community-based service projects for libraries.
The University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT), Health Sciences Library, and the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine will jointly develop an interdisciplinary community health information curriculum and create a Midwest network of practice to meet the information needs for low-income and rural communities. The project team will create information resource and curriculum that will be used within SISLT and widely distributed to libraries and the library and information science education community. The team will also develop health information outreach and programming skills with collaborators and students, train a student cohort to lead community health information networks, and expand a community empowerment framework to library education.
The School of Information at the University of Michigan proposes a three-year project to train librarians on how to work with civic organizations to promote greater civic engagement. As part of the program, LIS students will work under the direct supervision of city staff on civic engagement projects, while being mentored by professional librarians. The project will also develop LIS curriculm on how to build sustainable relationships with cities, help students work with diverse populations, and conduct the participatory research that is core to most civic engagement efforts. The project will develop two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on theories and methods relevant to civic engagement. One course will be oriented to public librarians and the other will be for people working for city governments. As students in the engaged learning courses conduct their projects, they will record their experiences. This footage will be supplemented by professional videographers and used as core content for the online course.
American Library Association's Public Programs Office (ALA PPO) will develop community engagement training materials specifically for small and rural communities. When library workers better understand and engage with their communities, libraries become stronger, more connected institutions, and library workers can more effectively support patrons and libraries. However, through evaluation of existing resources, ALA has identified a number of unique challenges that small and rural institutions face. These include gaps in basic skills training and resources. This training will focus on basic facilitation skills and will complement ALA's existing Libraries Transform Communities resources.
Kent State University, in partnership with University of Washington, will research and develop a social justice, outcomes-based planning and assessment tool. This tool will support library staff in developing outreach programs and services that meet the needs of families with young children from underserved communities. Small, medium, and large libraries in rural, urban, and suburban areas will collaborate with the research team on the design process. The libraries will help iterate, test, and reflect on the toolkit. This toolkit will embed the social justice principles of equity, engagement, and empowerment into the creation of outreach programs in public libraries. This program aims to support the outreach production process by implementing design thinking, building library community awareness, and developing a library peer community.
Dr. Jamie A. Lee, Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Arizona, will examine naming practices across a range of community-based archives - from those embedded in an university to those operating autonomously. This Early Career Development project will expand archival studies education to better address community-based archives and archival appraisal and description practices. Committed community and university archival partners include: Arizona Queer Archives, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; South Asian American Digital Archive, SAADA, Philadelphia, PA; Chicano/a Research Collection, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; and Houston Area Rainbow Collective History, Houston ARCH, - coalition of Houston archivists dedicated to preserving and documenting Houston's LGBTQ history, - University of Houston, Houston, TX in partnership with Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, CSWGS, Rice University, Houston, TX.
The University at Buffalo will investigate how public libraries can use participatory design techniques to attract and engage older adults by involving them in the co-design of targeted programming and services. Library professionals and older adults will work together in design teams to identify programming needs and plan and execute programming. For the purposes of comparison, the research will be conducted within three library locations (inner-city, suburban, rural) in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System. The project will provide insights into best practices and will inform a model and educational resources for librarian professional continuing education. More broadly, the findings can inform the development of educational resources for librarian professional development and Library and Information Science academic programs.
The Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, along with the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Cornell University, will administer the evidence-based Data Curation for Reproducibility (Data CuRe) training program. The program will help library and archives practitioners learn the skills they need to support members of the research community meet growing expectations for reproducible research practices. The project will expand the community of practice around curating for reproducibility. This is becoming increasingly important as researchers look to libraries and archives to provide the tools, services, and expertise to support the latest norms in research practice.
The academic library at South Carolina State University will sponsor a summit on Open Educational Resources (OER) for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) academic librarians. The project will encompass: a summit for teams of librarians and faculty from HBCUs, a project website, textbook transformation grants, and a series of professional development webinars on OER. The summit's training on OER will empower and equip librarians to become advocates and leaders of OER and affordable learning movement at their campuses. Librarians from public and private HBCUs will be invited to attend the summit.
In this Early Career Development project, Dr. Devan Ray Donaldson will conduct a three year empirical investigation into the use of data repositories by scientists. The research will investigate how institutional repositories (IRs), data management plans, and librarian expertise support the sharing and preservation of research data. The research will expand knowledge about scientists' data needs and practices in domains where attitudes toward data sharing are currently evolving and shifting. The investigation will inform best practices for librarians who decide which data repositories to recommend to researchers, what features to add to IRs, when to use IRs for handling research data, and when alternative data repositories are more appropriate.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University Library in partnership with Indiana University-Indianapolis proposes a three-year continuing education program. The program will train academic librarians to address privacy and related ethical implications of learning analytics projects (e.g., autonomy, agency, and trust). The training program will guide participants to explore learning analytics, privacy theory, privacy-by-design principles, and research ethics and present participants with case studies. Participants will develop a plan for a learning analytics project prioritizing privacy protections, The project team will run a face-to-face training for an estimated 200 participants, and host an online training for an estimated 200 participants. The team will also create an open educational resource packet consisting of the training curriculum, guidelines for facilitating the training, and recommendations for incorporating the materials into other training programs and library science courses. Finally, the project team will have at least two peer-reviewed conference presentations and one peer-reviewed research publication.
Through a partnership among seven bicoastal academic health sciences libraries (Harvard University, MCPHS University, Tufts University, Boston University, Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at San Francisco) and one LIS Program (Simmons University), this project creates a post-Master’s certificate program in the area of Inter-Professional Informationist (IPI), for the purpose of bridging the gap between traditional and emergent skills in health sciences librarianship and increasing the diversity in the IPI workforce. IPI adopts embedded library services and the informationist approach to enhance biomedical scientific research and practice. Ten librarians in the program will complete seven IPI courses, and project partner institutions will connect them with researchers and clinical leaders who will supervise their capstone experience.
Dr. Edward Benoit, III, faculty in The School of Library & Information Science at Louisiana State University, will research best practices and protocols to help archivists assist veterans and active duty personnel in preserving their personal digital archives. Contemporary soldiers no longer create and maintain an analog personal archive as they did in the past. The shift towards digital technologies over the past twenty years has created a critical future gap in the record. This Early Career development project will develop a user-centered framework to create best practice digital preservation protocols for assisting veterans with preserving their personal records.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries, in partnership with other North and South Carolina libraries and the Educopia Institute, will pilot a network for digital library services in the Carolinas. The Carolina Digital Library Network will increase the shared infrastructural capacity of libraries throughout the regions of North Carolina, South Carolina, and portions of adjoining states in order to improve access to digital content, collections, and services for a wide range of users. In addition to piloting the Carolina Digital Library Network, the project will study, document, and foster national discussion of opportunities, challenges, and strategies for digital library community formation.
Portland State University's Geography Department and the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, in partnership with the Multnomah County Library and the University of Pittsburgh, Civic Switchboard (LG-70-17-0146-17) project team, will develop a collaborative Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math through Geographic Information Systems (STEAM-GIS) program with public libraries and data providers in order to better serve data users, make data easier to use and support equitable access to information. This project seeks to examine the potential role that public libraries can play in offering geospatial and GIS services in a rapidly changing digital environment. By developing a broad, evidence-based toolkit of resources and piloting a series of workshops (in Portland, Oregon and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), the long-term goal is to establish a national network of public libraries, open-source data providers and interested learners (e.g., local teachers, public library users, community activist groups, neighborhood associations, after-school program providers).