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The University of Notre Dame will develop open source tools for data and software preservation, in partnership with a variety of academic institutions and other stakeholders. Development will focus on the services and features identified as priorities during the IMLS-funded PresQT planning project, including preservation quality, fixity, and keyword assignment. Partner organizations will advise on development and conduct interoperability testing. The tools and services developed in this project will provide for improved reuse of preserved data and software in library repository systems, and make research data more discoverable, as well as more interoperable with science gateways.
Syracuse University and Indiana University, in collaboration with their university libraries and the Coulter Library of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, seek to help make digital media collections in academic libraries more accessible to the deaf and hearing-impaired. The partners will design, implement, and evaluate an open source software platform to enhance the accessibility of digital media. The collaboration will 1) address the accessibility of audiovisual content by creating tools that provide cost-efficient captioning through Automatic Speech Recognition and crowdsourcing strategies; and 2) promote sharing and discovery of library resources by linking captioned videos with library collection catalogs. The project deliverables will be made available for use by academic libraries nationwide.
The University of New Mexico will enhance and expand the Data Management Training Clearinghouse, an online clearinghouse of learning resources about research data management from around the world. This grant will scale the highly successful existing resource, which involves expanding and diversifying the content included in the clearinghouse, enhancing cataloging and classification, and developing a method to enable feedback between trainers and trainees. These efforts will result in significantly improved discovery and reuse of existing content while enabling users to provide well-structured and consistent feedback.
The State Library of North Carolina, in partnership with the N.C. Broadband Infrastructure Office and the Department of Public Instruction, will design and implement a model to enable North Carolina's public libraries to demonstrate the role they can play in promoting broadband access to address the K-12 homework gap in their communities. The project partners will hire a digital inclusion librarian to lead the project and partner with up to four library systems across North Carolina to provide Wi-Fi hotspots, digital literacy training, and support. The collaborators anticipate two project outcomes. The first is a toolkit outlining best practices for implementing the model to bridge the homework gap in communities across the U.S. The second is a compilation of existing digital literacy training programs curated into a set of resources. For participating K-12 households, the project seeks to encourage an understanding of the relevance of broadband and increase digital literacy skills and rate of broadband adoption.
Simmons College, along with New America's Open Technology Institute, and Internet2, will examine how advanced broadband measurement capabilities can support the infrastructure and services needed to respond to the digital demands of public library users across the U.S. The project will gather quantitative and qualitative data from public libraries across the country to 1) understand the broadband speeds and quality of service that public libraries receive; 2) assess how well broadband service and infrastructure are supporting their communities' digital needs; 3) understand broadband network usage and capacity; and 4) increase their knowledge of networked services and connectivity needs. The project deliverables include an open source and replicable broadband measurement platform, training manual to help public librarians use that platform, and a final report on the project.
The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is home to WiderNet@UNC, a service project that aims to improve digital communications for people in need of educational resources, knowledge, and training. WiderNet@UNC will build a coalition of correctional institutions to increase the use of off-line digital education resources in the innovative Corrections Off-Line Education Platform, creating opportunities to improve rehabilitation and reduce recidivism for millions in the U.S. prison system. Outcomes will include a prototype collection and a blueprint for a long-term, sustained effort to improve information access for librarians, educators, and students in correctional institutions. This project will serve as resource for prison educators and librarians to develop an off-line alternative to the internet that delivers abundant resources for teaching English as a Second Language, GED preparation, high school completion, post-secondary courses, life skills, and vocational training.
The Sheridan Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University will bring together librarians and other stakeholders from across the nation to plan a government data preservation toolkit and to build a network of support for coordinating preservation activities. The project team will coordinate distributed data preservation efforts with libraries providing the central, organizing structure, and enabling streamlined entry for new participants. The team will develop a blueprint for the toolkit that will contain the components needed for libraries and organizations to participate effectively in currently dispersed efforts. This planning proposal represents an integral step in sustaining access to essential data across disciplines.
Montana State University Library seeks to hold a forum based on the topics of web privacy and web analytics involving librarians, library administrators, systems developers, product designers, user experience designers, lawyers, technologists, and privacy researchers. The forum hopes to address the several questions, including: What responsibility to libraries have to explain to users of library websites how their information will be used? Given that usage measurements are necessary to communicate value and improve services, how can libraries continue to report web analytics while also protecting users' privacy? Can traditional library values be compatible with contemporary web analytics? Why haven't more libraries implemented alternatives to Google Analytics? How can libraries use web analytics while respecting and protecting user privacy? This forum will help build consensus and develop an agenda for implementing values-driven web analytics across a spectrum of public, academic, community college, tribal, school, and special libraries.
The Oklahoma State University (OSU) Library will develop a qualitative research model and project management toolkit to assist libraries in enhancing research data management services. Specifically, the team seeks to answer the research question: "What is the role and impact of the library in helping researchers manage their data along an entire project life cycle?" The project team will consult 27 OSU faculty across STEM fields and the Social Sciences to document their goals, processes, and habits through customer journey mapping and design thinking. The aim is to enlighten library research data management services and enable efforts to make data more accessible and reproducible. This project addresses a high priority gap facing all academic and research libraries, while building on current strategic initiatives in the field.
The University of Utah's Marriott Library and Eccles Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE) program and the Mountain West Digital Library, will develop and deliver recommendations for academic and research libraries seeking practical guidance on how to preserve and disseminate complex, emerging forms of digital scholarship generated on college and university campuses. The project will use the EAE program's academic deliverables as a test case for developing recommendations for preserving and accessing modern digital scholarship. The works generated within the EAE program are born-digital and include an executable file to manage dependent files, making it an ideal candidate for studying preservation of and access to many forms of complex scholarly objects that include interdependent files.
The University of Washington Information School will conduct a two-year research project to create a conceptual data model and metadata schema for describing and representing artifacts related to the development of digital games. Unlike most collections that focus on final, released games, these collections of artifacts preserve the often inaccessible historical contexts of one of the most important global media forms, and one to which the U.S. makes significant contributions. This work will result in a deeper understanding of how to represent entities and relationships in the domain of video games and interactive media development, contributing to national conversations about the description of complex, interrelated objects in library and museum collections. The results of this project will enable catalogers to describe video games and related materials more accurately and thoroughly, improving the quality of metadata shared among organizations and increasing access to the items.
The University of Denver, in collaboration with Northeastern University, will perform a content-based study of text duplication and similarity in massive digital library collections like the HathiTrust Digital Library. Content-based analysis of large digital libraries is an emerging research domain in the humanities, but its effectiveness is limited by text duplications and variations. The research will work to overcome the biases of these duplicated and variant texts by developing tools to identify multiple levels of similarity. It also will produce a dataset of likenesses between books and authors to inform access and retrieval methods in libraries, making it easier for library catalog recommender systems to unearth original works and authors.
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.
The Internet Archive, in partnership with the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), will host a national forum to catalyze collaboration among art libraries in the stewardship of historically valuable art-related materials published on the web. In addition to the forum meeting, the project will include preliminary research and needs assessment, hands-on technology training for forum participants, and publications summarizing program activities and outlining a roadmap for future collaboration. This work will advance the mission of the art library community to serve its users and stakeholders, seed a national-scale effort towards cooperative curation and services, and advance the overall stewardship of born-digital collections within this community.
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.
Urban Libraries Council will build programs and partnerships that will result in greater availability of STEM learning programs for low-income middle school youth. The project seeks to encourage public libraries to promote STEM equity and extend teen programs to the "tween" years, and it will highlight to policy and decision makers the opportunity and impact of library-school partnerships for STEM learning. It will result an online resource guide for library practitioners and their local partners with case studies of pilot projects, as well as a webinar series to help library-school partners adopt effective strategies. In addition to supporting the development of pilot library-school partnerships that implement complementary STEM programs, the project aims to document learnings and best practices.
The University of Michigan will lead a study of how libraries impact learning by focusing on the research question, "How does the academic library impact learning in the university community, specifically in the areas of course instruction, funded research, and publications?" Fifteen partner institutions will carry out similar research activities and will collaborate on a report that explores the replication of the research across institutional settings. The project will provide guidance on how to best design and implement empirical, holistic analysis of the links between library usage and learning outcomes. The project will produce a set of tools, scripts, and protocols that will be freely available to all libraries.
The Information School at University of Washington (UW iSchool) and the School of Education at California State University, San Marcos - with The Seattle Public Library and San Diego Public Library - will develop a two-year research project to support intergenerational participatory design (PD) groups through a communities of practice model to train librarians and MLIS students to engage in design thinking processes. This project will create, train, and disseminate a model for libraries to engage in PD between librarians and youth and family patrons. The outcomes of this project will be used to 1) create a process in which local Seattle libraries can engage in PD independently; 2) provide a means to create a central hub at UW iSchool and The Seattle Public Library to help train and support librarians engaging in PD across the country; and 3) create materials, workshops, seminars, and presentations to help other librarian professionals engage in PD.
Indiana University-Indianapolis and research collaborators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, Oregon State University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and a site facilitator at Linn-Benton Community College will conduct a student-centered, three-year research project to study student perspectives of privacy issues associated with academic library participation in learning analytics initiatives. Learning analytics (LA) is the process of measuring, collecting, analyzing, and reporting student data to understand and optimize learning. Through its research, the team seeks to discover how LA initiatives align with and run counter to student expectations of privacy. With these insights, the team will then explore how libraries might maximize the benefits of LA while respecting student expectations.
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.