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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).
The University of Kentucky School of Information Science will host a forum on internet filtering, digital literacy, and disparate access to information. The proposal seeks to address internet filtering by examining the lack of research and knowledge about internet filtering in the U.S.; negative impacts on digital literacy; and disparate effects of filtering along socioeconomic lines. This project consists of three parts: a pre-symposium (first) virtual meeting, a two-day symposium in Lexington, Kentucky, and a post-symposium (final) virtual meeting. This proposed national symposium will investigate the interlocking problems of internet filtering, digital literacy, and information poverty.
The Texas A&M University Libraries will hold a symposium to develop and facilitate a national conversation about library services for members of veteran and military communities. The project will bring together approximately 50 library workers from all types of libraries who are actively engaged in developing programming, services, collections, and spaces to serve members of the veteran and military communities. The participants will share ideas, strategies, and best practices for supporting the unique needs of veteran and military-affiliated library patrons. The symposium will culminate in the creation of an online toolkit that libraries world-wide can use to better serve their veteran and military-affiliated patrons.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Peer-to-Peer University will develop resources for public libraries that empower volunteers to organize and facilitate volunteer-led adult learning programs. The team will develop a model to help a public library of any size support adult learning in a range of topics that are responsive to community needs without relying on staff or paid presenters to envision, plan, develop, and execute programs. This model will be applicable to adult learning and will encompass a variety of formats, such as group skill-shares and discussion groups, peer-facilitated learning circles, and one-on-one mentoring relationships. The resources developed will enable libraries to leverage abundant learning materials available online. It will be piloted within partner library systems representing various sizes and geographic areas: Detroit Public Library, MI; Onondaga County Public Library, NY; and Multnomah County Library, OR.
American Library Association Public Programs Office will support libraries responding to the need for media literacy training for adults in their communities. This project will convene 30 cross-sector stakeholders and address the challenges and opportunities of providing media literacy programming and services to adults. The stakeholders will explore existing media literacy programing and services for adults; identify collaborations that would benefit underserved populations and rural communities; identify areas of collaboration between librarians, journalists, technology workers, and educators; and identify gaps in current adult services and staff training. The convening will lead to the development of a landscape report, webinar series, curated resources, and practitioner's guide that documents resources, best practices, competencies, tools, and recommendations libraries can take to make better-informed decisions on services and resource offerings related to media literacy for adults.
Florida State University and the University of New York at Buffalo will investigate information literacy (IL) instruction and student needs and experiences at community colleges. The project will survey instructional librarians and conduct in-depth interviews with students at 28 community colleges in Florida and 40 in New York. Results will reveal key IL instruction needs from the point of view of both students and librarians. The findings may impact the development of accreditation policy and pedagogy informed by an understanding of students' perceived needs, the mission of community colleges, and data that can be used in the training of pre-professional librarians.
University of Maryland will help library staff evaluate and improve computational thinking (CT) programming for youth through a three-year research in service to practice project. They will develop a collection of assessment tools and a suite of case studies demonstrating computational thinking literacy development among youth aligned with desired learning outcomes that are tailored to the needs of and capabilities of public libraries. Library staff will be invited to co-design the tools to ensure their voices, ideas, and experiences are represented throughout the assessment creation process. The project will result in a typology of the current state of CT programming in libraries, a bank of assessment tools for capturing CT literacy development in libraries, and resources to support library staff in using these materials.
Virginia Tech, with advisory support from the town of Blacksburg, VA, University of North Texas, University of Georgia, University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, and Whose Knowledge?, will develop a model for community engagement that fosters robust partnerships among academic libraries and regional organizations, which will result in greater digital access to currently isolated collections and networks. Small regional institutions and organizations possess rich cultural heritage collections but often lack robust digital infrastructures. This project addresses these library and community needs through collaborative digital repatriation and collection development. The team will develop and pilot a participatory library development model. The work will expand digital access to previously isolated or rural collections while ensuring that the collections continue to reside with their owners. This proposal seeks to develop a methodology for community partnerships and foster collaboration between libraries and stakeholders.
The University of Maryland iSchool will host a national forum and develop material and training for promoting participation in the 2020 census. The forum will be held in conjunction with the annual Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in LIS (CIDLIS) and will bring together 30 community leaders and experts, including marketing consultants, to develop approaches for increasing census participation through the production of materials that benefit from professional marketing conceptualization and techniques. The materials will be available in a free online repository for download and customization by all libraries.
The Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and Association of Children's Museums will host a national forum to discuss removing barriers and improving the experiences of people who recently immigrated to or sought refuge in the United States. The forum will include staff from 12 libraries, 12 museums, and up to 24 of their partnering organizations who are doing exemplary work serving immigrant and refugee families to refine a set of best practices from their work serving immigrants and refugees. Following the forum, they will share preliminary findings through a webinar and publish a white paper that identifies strategies that are replicable by children's museums and libraries. These resources will help children's museums and libraries further understand the challenges faced by immigrant and refugee families and how to create more welcoming spaces for immigrants and refugees in their communities.
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries include one public Tribal Library, one preK-5th grade Tribal Academy library, and one Tribal College library. These libraries use classification systems that employ colonialist logic to classify items relating to Indigenous people. This grant will address the question: How can tribal libraries use traditional ways of knowing and being to break free of the colonialist library organizational systems that reinforce a damaging worldview? The team, along with community partners, will: assess the current cataloging and classification systems through a decolonizing lens; create a system of organization for cataloging and classifying library materials according to Anishinaabe ways of knowing and being; implement this system to decolonize and indigenize the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries collections; and document how the project was conducted to provide a framework other libraries can use as a template to decolonize their collections.
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 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.
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.