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The Missouri Botanical Garden and Saint Louis University will analyze the web annotation needs of the systematic botany scientific community and develop a prototype of how those needs may be met within a digital library platform. The project team will assess the practicality of an existing tool to satisfy the annotation needs of botanical users, including technical, economic, and operational considerations. This work will inform developers on best practices to integrate an annotation tool within a virtual library. The intended outcome of the project is to illuminate literature annotation needs of scientific and other research communities by honing in on the needs of the well-defined user group in systematic botany and by developing a prototype for those needs within a digital library platform.
New York University Libraries, in collaboration with the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, the NYU Center for Data Science, and ProPublica, will develop a prototype for a software tool to capture and preserve data journalism projects in a scholarly archive. The prototype will add to an existing open source computational reproducibility tool, ReproZip. The proposed extension will be designed to quickly and easily pack and unpack dynamic websites, enabling the first large-scale collection, preservation, and discovery of complex interactive websites. Storytelling with data has revolutionized modern reporting, and the dramatic increase in the production and popularity of data journalism projects can be seen both at news startups, as well as at legacy news organizations. These stories are an important part of the historical record, yet due to their technological complexity they cannot currently be archived or preserved at libraries, newsrooms, or cultural institutions. As such, they are disappearing. This project will alleviate some of this problem.
Providence Public Library will partner with Chicago Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and World Education, Inc. to test and disseminate innovative adult education and workforce development library practices. The project will build upon and expand programs and practices already in place at the three partner libraries (Learning Lounges, mobile learning, and Learning Circles). The three partners and six selected pilot libraries will implement one or two new approaches into their system to study how these practices can be implemented and combined in different library settings.
The North Dakota State Library and their partners will explore the feasibility of weekly, informal coding programs at 50 small and rural public libraries across the United States. The "Coding at Every Library Project" will reach over 10,000 youth ages 8-14 will enable libraries to better support youth in learning to code and generate resources and a practitioner community that will enable many more libraries to offer coding programs. The project will leverage Prenda's expertise and computer science education platform to directly support non-expert facilitators at a low cost. And support the establishment of an open online community of Practitioners. This project builds on an existing North Dakota initiative, CodeDak, by providing libraries with the resources, skills, and inspiration necessary to host Hour of Code events and support regular code clubs.
Wisconsin's Columbus Public Library will explore strategies for rural libraries to lead and facilitate community-led, municipal design processes. Civic engagement tools, like asset mapping and dialogue facilitation, will be used to build and train a representative, citizen-made Community Engagement Team. The team members will serve as community organizers, receive training in these strategies, and use a customized set of tools to connect with their individual networks and ensure full community representation in the municipal design process. Results will include a blueprint for citizen-led engagement drawing from multiple community engagement toolboxes, a podcast of their experiences featuring interviews with other library leaders in the field of community engagement, and the development of national conference and webinar sessions.
The Blackfeet Tribal College Library, in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Library, will design a study of how children, youth, and families of the Blackfeet Nation currently use library services. The Reading Nation project will take input from an advisory committee of experts and conduct an environmental scan to understand the current state and potential factors impacting tribal member use of library services. It will later design and pilot a community assessment process to identify needs and challenges tribal members face in using public and community college libraries with a specific focus on children and youth services. With this planning grant, the college intends to discover ways libraries can collaborate to create an environment the supports reading for Blackfeet children, youth, and their caregivers.
Erikson Institute will host two national forums to form an alliance for media literacy in early childhood. The forums will bring together national leaders and practitioners from libraries, museums, schools, and community-based early childhood programs. Working with partners that include the Association for Library Service to Children, the Association of Children's Museums, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education, the lead organizations and forum participants will develop plans to implement promising practices around media literacy for families with children, from birth to age 5. They will address the lack of consensus about what media literacy education means, what media literacy experiences in both informal and formal early childhood settings should look like, and how to empower parents as media literacy role models and mentors. Alliance members will collaborate on strategies and resources to develop adult capacity to help children build the media literacy skills they need to be full participants in our society.
The Nebraska Library Commission, in collaboration with the State Office of the Chief Information Officer, will lead a partnership of five rural public school districts and five rural public libraries to create a mini-consortium E-rate application model. The goal is to increase the frequency of applications and funding to rural public libraries in Nebraska, as well as across the United States, while also increasing the internet speeds at public libraries. This project will result in a replicable model for school/library partnerships and collaboration; interagency communication, diagnosis, and resolution of technical impediments; and pathways for maximizing Category 1 and Category 2 E-rate funding for public libraries.
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning will design and create model write-spaces in Kosrae schools and public libraries in the Federated States of Micronesia. The grantee will work in collaboration with the Kosrae Department of Education, Rose Mackwelung Public Library, and the Kosrae Women's Association. The program will explore how Indigenous placemaking in a library setting can influence user experiences and encourage generation of local bilingual content. Two pilot write-spaces will be constructed during the project following a needs assessment and community engagement efforts. Following this phase, the project team will develop a User Experience (UX) design guide and pilot write-space programming through a community event, field trips for 30 high school students, and library visits for 30 elementary school students.
Northwestern University will create tools for tracking content in distributed digital preservation systems, leading to improved management and preservation of content and collections at cultural heritage organizations nationwide. The project builds on a previous IMLS-funded planning grant in which research was conducted in partnership with the University of California San Diego. The project will result in the creation of a curation toolkit which will make the digital preservation selection process more efficient. The project team will also work with developers from digital preservation services to develop standards that will increase interoperability between local repositories and distributed digital preservation systems.
The Shared BigData Gateway for Research Libraries is a two-year project to develop, seed, and maintain a cloud-based, extendable cyberinfrastructure for sharing large academic library data resources with a growing community of scholars. The team will create a sustainable and shared resource for current and future big data mining and analysis. The project will facilitate sharing of data derivatives, metadata, annotations, visualizations, algorithms, and results according to user preferences, stimulating collaboration and knowledge discovery. The team will commence important conversations aimed at exploring collective regional and national solutions for hosting, curating, and maintaining library-owned and leased data collections for libraries of all sizes.
The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) will continue to further develop and pilot the open source CC-PLUS (Cloud-based Consortial Platform for Library Usage Statistics) prototype software, and will develop the business models, infrastructure, and community awareness necessary to establish a production-ready usage statistics tool supporting consortia and libraries with data-driven decisions for effective stewardship of library content. PALCI will be partnering with North American and international library consortia as a part of this project. The prototype was completed in May 2018 and is now ready to pilot and enhance the software through the addition of E-book and database usage data, improving the user interface design, investigating journal title and package integration, and creating robust user documentation.
San Jose State University's School of Information, the Tribal Libraries Program of the New Mexico State Library, the New Mexico State Department of Information Technology Office of Broadband & Geospatial Initiatives, the Gigabit Libraries Network, and the University of California, Santa Barbara's Department of Computer Science will collaborate with tribal libraries across New Mexico to explore dramatically improving tribal internet connectivity, equity, and inclusion through the design and implementation of several TV Whitespace (TVWS) networks statewide. The proposal will address challenges associated with Native American digital access and inclusion through a four-part work plan involving professional development, technology implementation via a subaward program, evaluation research, and model development/dissemination.
Grand Valley State University Libraries will lay the foundation for a collaborative network to provide statewide digital preservation services for libraries, archives, and museums in Michigan, and share their findings for use in other regions. Through facilitated knowledge exchanges, field research, and expert consultations, this project will study the best practices as well as the barriers to inter-organizational collaboration. It will result in the development of practical resources to help institutions sustainably collaborate on digital preservation activities. The project will replicate, test, and update advancements that have been achieved in successful regional networks, and share lessons learned and new resources with other states and regions.
Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science will analyze the characteristics and activities of 10 successful open source projects to determine a set of guidelines that help grow and maintain a healthy open source community. Many academic and public libraries build or make use of open source projects to provide affordable and sustainable tools built by and for the community. The team will seek to determine how an open source project is sustained, what it takes to build a growing and vibrant open source community, and which types of open source projects are reliable for use and participation. This planning grant will define the study design, engage partners, and host an expert workshop.
The Montana State University (MSU) Library, in collaboration with DuraSpace and MSU computer scientists, will work to improve the accuracy, comparability, and reporting capacity of institutional repository (IR) analytics. Reported activity data for IRs are often inaccurate and cannot be compared across repositories or time. The team's previous research demonstrates existing analytics either significantly over-count or drastically undercount IR activities such as file downloads. The team will develop a project work plan scoped around determining high-impact solutions for addressing IR deficiencies and improving a recently piloted tool's capacity to measure and assess the value and impact of IRs.
DuraSpace will investigate barriers to upgrading unsupported versions of the Fedora repository platform used by approximately 240 libraries and archives in the United States. Use of unsupported versions puts the stability, security, and functionality of the content and services these institutions support at risk. This project will consult with an advisory board of stakeholders from the Islandora, Samvera, and Fedora communities; conduct an environmental scan of relevant community initiatives; and gather primary research data to inform recommendations for reducing barriers to upgrading. Project outputs will include user stories, an inventory of resources for upgrading, and recommendations for migration paths.
The University of Notre Dame will determine the national need for an automated tool that supports cross-disciplinary research by applying semantic analysis across disparate scholarly works, and solidify partnerships for the collaborative development of tools to support those needs. The main components of the project include a comprehensive literature review, an environmental scan, and a series of workshops to begin a national conversation and form a national team to support further research. The project is the foundation for developing an innovative approach that will support interdisciplinary scholarship by advancing library knowledge classification practices into the era of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
The California Digital Library at the University of California and the Dryad organization will hold an invitational workshop to explore issues, identify impediments, and make recommendations regarding the widespread promotion and adoption of effective, scalable, and sustainable institutional data publication infrastructures. There are several well-known misalignments across the research data management ecosystem that impede broader adoption of data publication. The project team seeks to identify and bridge these gaps. The workshop will result in a set of recommendations for a full service, open source, low cost data publishing platform that can be used as a standalone solution or in coordination with existing institutional repository strategies. The project will leverage institutions across the nation in open data infrastructures in order to increase the amount of curated, accessible data publicly available.
James Madison University, in collaboration with the Association of Research Libraries, will convene experts and stakeholders to address key opportunities and challenges in collectively designing and building a shared platform to support the crowdfunded exchange of open access content in libraries. Through a series of successive focus groups, the project team will surface community requirements and principles for a collective system. The outcome will be a white paper of findings and recommendations that will be used to generate a request for proposals for the development of an open access collection development platform for libraries.
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries, in collaboration with the University of Missouri -Kansas City University Libraries, will host two meetings to explore the experiences of grant-funded digital laborers in the libraries, archives, and museums (LAM) communities, and subsequently, will inform the development of best practices for the evaluation process of project proposals. The work builds on research conducted in 2017 by the Digital Library Federation Working Group on Labor that revealed the need to bring together stakeholders from across LAM communities. The project seeks to address the issues created and reproduced by short-term and grant-funded positions, how those impact the lives and professions of the workforce, and how they affect investments made in national digital LAM infrastructures and services.
Lewis & Clark College, Reed College, University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, and Willamette University will develop a network to empower libraries at small colleges to provide their faculty and students with data management and data information literacy support. They will hold two one-and-a-half-day workshops for faculty, students, and staff to increase understanding of research data management practices in particular disciplinary domains, and develop undergraduate curricula in data information literacy specific to those domains. The workshops will pool together library expertise in data management, foster collaboration between researchers and librarians, and improve practice in research laboratories.
The University of North Texas (UNT) Information Science Department, UNT Linguistics Department, and UNT Libraries will undertake a collaborative project to identify gaps between the information organization methods of language data archives and the needs of actual and potential users of such archives. This planning project will provide necessary background information and preparation for a forthcoming collaborative research project that will aim to extend the usefulness of existing language data archive collections through a user-centered design of systems incorporating the efficient methods and techniques for providing digital access to language data collections at scale.
The University of Illinois will hold four geographically distributed symposia for archival repositories to address documenting student activism related to historically marginalized communities. The project will build on the existing Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented) partnership, a consortium of over forty colleges and universities. The symposia will bring together archivists, technologists, educators, and activists, and will be live-streamed and recorded for remote participants. It will result in the development of educational resources for curating activism archives, a white paper outlining next steps, and a broader network of collaborators for the STAND network.
The Montana State University Library will design, build, and assess a prototype Institutional Research Data Index (IRDI) to promote the discovery and reuse of institutional datasets. The metadata index will promote discovery and reuse by automatically harvesting metadata from third-party data repositories and by optimizing content for commercial search engines. IRDI will reinforce research data as an essential scholarly product by interoperating with institutional research information management systems and functioning as a database that institutions can query and use to showcase institutional research, all while requiring far fewer resources than necessary to support a full institutional data repository.
The Califa Group will develop and provide libraries with SecondNet Kits, wide area wireless networks using public spectrum Wi-Fi and TV Whitespace (TVWS) units, each with back-up power and portability, creating a redundant communications capability that strengthens community resilience in times of disaster. The SecondNet project will establish direct links between libraries and other second responders and develop an off-the-grid capability to run public-accessible autonomous communications networks even without the internet and create a national standard of requirements that optimize disaster response capability. These broadband library networks will be in daily use, outside times of disaster, and expand communications access for the public and for second responders when disaster occurs.
Syracuse University proposes to concurrently support the development of literacy and innovation skills in children grades K-3 by creating and evaluating a replicable after-school project in six rural public libraries designed to prepare youth from an early age to contribute to the future economic viability of their communities. This program will emphasize the importance of family literacy, acknowledging the positive role parents and caretakers can play in shaping children's attitudes towards learning and literacy. The project features a carefully selected collection of paired literary and informational texts that inspire creativity and innovation. They will be disseminated via The Innovation Destination, an existing web resource, expanding the site's current focus of grades 4-8 to include the elementary and middle years.
University of Massachusetts Boston willcreate an interactive online roadmap that will help libraries fill in gaps in knowledge, attitudes and practices to develop standards- and- community-based participatory archiving programs. The roadmap will be flexible enough to allow libraries to enter at their current point of need, helping them navigate the complexities of community partnerships, digitization event planning, and long-term digital preservation to support the vital work of documenting their communities' cultural heritage.
Enoch Pratt Free Library, in partnership with Associated Black Charities (ABC), will develop and implement an evaluation tool that will measure programming through an equity lens. The tool will be tested by measuring the effectiveness of programming in the following areas: Literacy, STEM, Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness, Peace and Community Building, and Workforce Development. This tool will be published and shared nationally in order to ensure that libraries continue to be safe and productive spaces for all, and that they are at the forefront of working toward social justice.
Keene Public Library will partner with Keene State College to deliver STEM and making learning experiences for young children ages 2-6 to foster science process skills acquisition, as well as provide training and resources that equip librarians and educators to offer high-quality science instruction and facilitation for young children and their families. The work will result in a model of family engagement focused on STEM and making activities; a research-based effective practices framework for developing STEM and making experiences for very young children in libraries; and resources for librarians and educators, including a facilitator guide, professional development at conferences, and evidence-based case studies of family participation and library facilitation.
University of Buffalo will lead a research-practice collaboration in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, and Madison Public Library. The project will engage researchers and library staff in the study and co-design of assessments of learning in makerspaces. The project responds to librarians' need to better assess facilitated learning in their spaces, patrons' desire for constructive formative and summative feedback, and a need for guidance on how best to act on assessment data for all. Ultimately, the project will result in the development of adaptable assessment tools that will support librarians' development of assessment literacies for promoting lifelong learning for inquiry-based, hands-on learning experiences.
Ithaka S+R will conduct research to help community college library leaders, chief academic officers, and other college leaders institutionalize data-driven research findings on the needs of community college students and the barriers students face when attempting to access library and other academic support services. The goal of this project is to help community colleges incorporate findings on the needs of community college students into their institutional practices. This effort to engage with research to institutionalize data-driven knowledge has the potential to help community colleges organize themselves administratively in order to provide the highest level of support to their students. To this end, this project will produce several outputs, including four major publications, interim public reports, blogging, presentations, social media engagement, and an interactive workshop.
The University of South Carolina (USC) School of Library and Information Science will investigate contributions public libraries make to the prosperity of the communities they serve and the new types of value created as public libraries realize their potential as vital, energizing community anchors. Building off of an IMLS grant from 2004 (META 1, RE-04-08-0047), the research team will use current empirical studies of economic benefit measures and contextual variables to determine whether, taken together, they provide convincing evidence of public library economic value. During the second year the team will turn its attention to the most recent Public Library Survey data and apply statistical meta-analysis methodology to determine whether the Survey data continues to provide mounting and generalizable evidence of public library economic value.
Colorado State Library and Colorado Library Consortium, with partners RSL Research Group and Colorado Department of Corrections, will plan a statewide outcome-assessment of prison libraries. The planning project will determine how best to assess prison library contributions to offenders' development of pro-social behaviors that help them stay occupied productively and out of trouble while incarcerated and maximize their chances of successful re? entry into the community. This project will fill a gap in research on evidence-based practices for correctional libraries and accommodate the complexities of the secure corrections environment. The research design will generate actionable data that informs stakeholders of library contributions to offender behavior management and re-entry preparation, and will help them understand their individual roles and responsibilities for participation in the planning project and planned study.
Fort Hays State University will prototype and develop programming for a replicable, modular smart classroom kit that provides access to new technology and teaches data literacy. The kit will make it possible for smaller institutions, particularly in rural areas, to provide access to smart classroom technology without large investments of time, money, or building renovation, thereby promoting digital literacy and inclusion for rural residents. The project will be informed by an advisory group including academic librarians from a range of institutions in the region, including University of Nebraska Kearney, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Dodge City Community College, Johnson County Community College, and Labette Community College.
Berea College, in collaboration with rural Promise Zone (PZ) libraries found in Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico, South Carolina Low Country, Southeastern Kentucky, and Southwest Florida, will design a community anchor framework for use by rural librarians and pilot the framework at a culminating professional development gathering attended by librarians from rural PZs. The framework will specifically identify, establish, and refine methods for collaborations between the library and stakeholders to address the needs of children and youth. Berea College will work with librarians in the PZ to identify gaps and opportunities and will include an analysis of proficiencies related to meeting facilitation, collective impact efforts, grant writing, leadership styles, community engagement, communications, marketing, program design, data collection, and program review.
Syracuse University, is joined by advisory group members and project participants from ACRL, Blackboard, CNI, DePaul University, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, IMS Global Learning Consortium, Jisc, Lewis and Clark Community College, OCLC, Susquehanna University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, and Unizin to perform preliminary planning activities to pioneer the integration of library data in institutional learning analytics and develop detailed proofs of concept and models to guide academic libraries preparing to engage in this emerging and use of data to support student success. The project will be enacted by participants in three task teams working together at two face-to-face meetings; progress and documentation will be shared with the academic library and higher education community via a formal white paper and conference presentation proposals. It was reassuring to see the statement on privacy and thoughtful section on the potential conflict between librarian ethics and educational responsibilities.
The New Mexico State Library in partnership with Creative Startups, will plan and test a project model to transform rural and tribal libraries into creative economy development hubs. Project activities will include: blended learning for creative entrepreneurs, creating a statewide cohort of 30 rural and tribal entrepreneurs; professional training for library staff and local educators; and implementation of library services that target needs of creative entrepreneurs. Through this project, rural and tribal libraries will become change catalysts, driving economic opportunity, wealth creation, and inclusion in their communities.
University of Wisconsin - Madison will partner with the Maker Education Initiative to host a national forum on research and assessment in makerspaces, bringing together thought leaders in maker-centered learning to review and build on current research. The overarching goal of the forum is to distill current research relevant to maker-based learning experiences in libraries; identify gaps; and communicate results in a way that will be useful to practitioners on which library maker programs are designed, facilitated, and assessed. This work will culminate in the publication of a white paper, and will serve as a springboard to launch the "Research, Evaluations and Reports" section of Maker Ed's Resource Library, a robust and freely accessible online repository that will contain relevant research, reports, white papers, and other resources.
Dayton Metro Library will extend its successful "Love Them Out Loud" (LTOL) kits, with the design, development and creation of an early literacy kit for children ages 24-48 months. Informed by area health partners, literacy experts, librarians, educators, and designers, the kits will include picture books, educational toys, and early learning resources for parents. The kits will be distributed to low-income families with children in the critical toddler/preschool development stage through the library or other trusted community partners, such as parenting educators, WIC centers, daycares, preschools, and local health care facilities. Intended to guide parents in appropriate steps to encourage literacy and instill a love of learning for the child, the kits will be made available to libraries across the nation.
The Mapping Manuscript Migrations project brings together researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S., Finland, France and the United Kingdom. The project will use Linked Open Data standards to digitally connect premodern manuscripts from Europe and North America. By linking diverse sources of data, the project aims to carry out large-scale analyses and visualizations of the history of these manuscripts. The project team hopes this coherent, interoperable infrastructure will allow researchers to ask new kinds of questions at a scale never before possible. This award supports the U.S. team's participation. International partner organizations are supported through awards made by funders in their respective countries.
The Digging into the Knowledge Graph projects brings together researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee school of information studies in the U.S. with Canada and the Netherlands. The team will develop and implement standardized vocabularies, workflows and best practices to enhance findability and storage for humanities and social science Linked Open Data datasets. Linked Open Data is a technique for making data available online that enables broad reuse by supporting connections between disparate datasets. The team will pilot the work through case studies in musicology and economics, and enable wider knowledge creation by making the metadata for these Linked Open Data datasets available for data mining. This award supports the U.S. team's participation. International partner organizations are supported through awards made by funders in their respective countries.
The Oceanic Exchanges (OcEx) Project brings together collaborators from Northeastern University in the U.S., Finland, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The project will link digital repositories to enable analysis of nineteenth century newspapers across national and linguistic boundaries. Not only will researchers be able to analyze and visualize newspapers within their local and national settings, but they will be able to examine how ideas moved across time and place, beyond and between national borders. The resource will reveal the global networks through which texts and concepts traveled, creating new evidence about how readers around the world perceived one another.
Northwestern University Library, in partnership with Indiana University Libraries, will work to increase adoption and ensure sustainability of the open source Avalon audiovisual repository system. The project will work closely with the Hydra community to engage developers, as well as create and implement a cloud-hosted service model for Avalon. It will also integrate the platform with several scholarly tools and media preservation systems, such as the Digital Preservation Network, Archivematica, and the International Image Interoperability Framework. This work will facilitate easier adoption of the platform by a variety of institutions while also adding key features to increase Avalon's functionality.
The J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah and the Boston Public Library will collaborate to improve the ability of libraries to provide access to digitized historical newspapers. Specifically, the project focuses on better ways for libraries to provide article level access to digitized newspapers. This work supports the needs of both the general public and scholars who use this content. The project will produce three outputs: 1) an open data model addressing structural and descriptive metadata features unique to digitized newspapers; (2) a set of modular, open-source plugins for the popular Hydra/Fedora open source digital repository framework for ingesting, describing, discovering, displaying, and disseminating digitized newspaper content; and (3) establishing a community of practitioners - including developers, librarians, content specialists, and managers - dedicated to addressing challenges and collaborating on best practices associated with providing access to digitized newspapers.
The Educopia Institute, in partnership with the School of Library Sciences at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, will work to investigate, model, and test workflows for born-digital content curation in libraries and archives. Specifically, the project focuses on integration and interoperability of three open source digital library tools (BitCurator, Archivematica, and ArchivesSpace) and to support partner institutions in integrating these tools into their workflows. To accomplish this work, the project will support and study implementation of these tools across 12 partner institutions - Robert W. Woodruff Library, District of Columbia Public Library, Duke University, Emory University, Kansas Historical Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Holyoke College, New York Public Library, New York University, Odum Institute, Rice University, and Stanford University. Working across these different institutional contexts, the project focuses on two core applied research questions. How can institutions combine tools to support workflows that meet local institutional needs? How can institutions implement "handoffs" between different function-based systems?
Indiana University, in partnership with eight other academic libraries, will enable new kinds of computational research while ensuring librarians remain expert stewards of information collections. In the last decade, there has been a nearly exponential increase in the volume of digital content, much of which could be valuable for computational research. However, not all datasets can be made open to researchers due to copyright and privacy concerns. The "data capsule" technique was developed in the HathiTrust Research Center to enable researcher access to protected digital collections. This project will develop the data capsule technique as a service for use in academic libraries across the country.
North Carolina State University Libraries in collaboration with the American Psychological Association, the University of North Carolina Press, the Student Public Interest Research Groups, the Open Textbook Network, and the new preprint service PsyArxiv, will explore the development of a strategy to use open educational resources (OERs) in psychology classrooms. Specifically, the project will gather information about the practices and needs of psychology instructors who may consider adopting or creating OERs. Project findings, recommendations, and a scalable "toolkit" will assist a broad range of scholars, instructors, librarians, and publishers to better understand how to support subject matter experts in the creation and adoption of OERs.
The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) in partnership with the Virtual Library of Virginia the University System of Maryland, the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium and California Digital Library will plan and pilot a modular open technology platform for the collection, display, and analysis of consortial library usage data. This project aims to increase consortia and libraries' economies of scale by further developing a community of interest in this area. It will increase collaboration on issues related to library usage data challenges, joint vendor problem resolution, and community-based technical development. The availability of a standards-based usage data platform for library consortia will result in libraries and consortia positioned to serve as exemplary stewards, empowered to make evidence-based decisions and better informed investments in electronic resources.
The University of Georgia Alexander Campbell King Law Library, in partnership with the UGA Terry College of Business Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) and Georgia School of Law, will plan and prototype an open-source open government digital transparency platform. This platform will provide data access and visualization of the U.S. legislative process. For this prototype phase, the project will focused on the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act). This interactive, informative tool will aid citizens in becoming more engaged, allowing them to form their opinions in a quick, fact-based, and safe online environment. By combining text analysis, network analysis, and visualization the project will provide insights into how libraries can take on new roles supporting access to government and legislative information and data.