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Fifteen years after it first launched, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) will perform a second cycle of its Archival Census and Education Needs Survey in the United States (A*CENSUS II), a comprehensive, two-part survey of U.S. archivists and archival institutions. SAA will survey: 1. every self-identified archivist/archival worker in the U.S. to gather information about demographics, education needs, job placement/status, and salaries, as well as perspectives on key issues in the field, and 2. directors of archival organizations to gather data about institutional characteristics, resources, strategic directions, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and access issues. A*CENSUS II addresses the information needs of archival institutions, education institutions, professional organizations, and researchers to better assess how archival institutions, the profession, and archival education must adapt so that archives can continue to fulfill their mission to society. Data and analyses will be made publicly available to support research and use by cultural heritage communities.
The University of North Carolina Greensboro, in partnership with The National Head Start Association and representatives from each of the five Reading Nation Chapters - Crow (Montana), Eastern Band of Cherokee (North Carolina), Lumbee (North Carolina), Northern Cheyenne (Montana), and Santo Domingo Pueblo (New Mexico) - will increase access to literary resources and libraries for Native American children and families. The anticipated outcomes of the project will be increased convenience and access to free, librarian-curated children's books for Native American children, increased culturally relevant library programming and resources, and the formation of strategic local partnerships between cross-disciplinary organizations working together to improve literacy. In partnership with local and national library associations and community organizations, the project also will develop and disseminate a Native American literacy and library model that can be replicated.
The South Asian American Digital Archive and the Texas After Violence Project seek to explore methods, processes, and models for community-based archives (CBAs) to develop accessible educational materials based on their archival collections; and to create learning opportunities using online educational resources (e-learning) for their communities, target audiences, and the general public. The primary goals of this project are to explore, develop, and share resources that will help CBAs involve community members as decision-makers about the creation, purpose, and pedagogy of archival educational materials; integrate accessible and sustainable e-learning platforms; and be recognized as leaders in the growing movement to centralize the stories and other materials from marginalized groups in knowledge production, teaching, and learning.
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management proposes to develop, pilot test, and release a beta version of a network service where libraries can share Open Educational Resources (OER) alongside local evaluation and course alignment data for each resource. Faculty across library systems and states will then be able to access these data as they search for resources and plan their courses. This project seeks to expand the amount of curriculum-aligned OER while decreasing the amount of time and resources needed for librarians to curate and maintain OER collections. Working with library consortia partners, the project will design and pilot a network service that makes it possible to exchange peer-reviewed and curriculum-aligned OER across multiple institutional repositories.
In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Digital Scriptorium (DS), a consortium of 34 institutional members representing American libraries and museums across the United States, will plan the redevelopment of DS's current digital platform to create a new digital infrastructure based on linked open data technologies. The objective of this project is to transform the digital platform into an inclusive, open access, online national union catalog of pre-modern manuscripts housed in U.S. collections. This planning phase will achieve the following four goals: 1. refine the purpose and scope of DS 2.0, 2. develop the DS 2.0 data model, 3. create a plan for technological sustainability, and 4. create a plan for financial sustainability. It also will serve as a model for how to rebuild an outdated digital project into a viable and sustainable platform.
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at the University of South Carolina will explore how library and information science research and medical library partnerships can inform lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) community health workers (CHWs). The research project addresses the following questions: 1. How can the health information practices of LGBTQIA+ CHWs be described? 2. How, if at all, do their health information practices change before, during, and after CHW training? 3. How can understanding their health information practices shape the information interventions offered to them by CHW training and medical librarians? 4. What are the characteristics, barriers, and facilitators of effective medical librarian-CHW partnerships in the context of LGBTQIA+ communities? CHWs are frontline public health workers who are trusted members of and/or have an unusually close understanding of the community served. Their localized knowledge results in effective health promotion, particularly among underserved communities. This project highlights a unique opportunity for medical librarians to further provide reliable health information and support by partnering with CHWs during their training to understand and address information barriers. Through these partnerships, medical libraries can engage in information interventions for health promotion within underserved LGBTQIA+ communities that experience significant health challenges.
Berea College will create a model to build libraries' capacity in collective impact by enhancing collaboration between rural libraries and community stakeholders to improve 3rd grade reading. The project will refine, test, and evaluate the Rural Library Anchor Framework, which was created with an IMLS grant, with 22 libraries working to improve reading in this age group. Libraries will test the framework assuming different community roles, including as a backbone organization, contributor, or strategy lead. The project will enhance collaboration between rural libraries and community stakeholders by building libraries' capacity to: identify community needs, activate and align partners in addressing needs, and leverage existing resources to address needs. The project will result in a refined Rural Library Anchor Framework, training resources about the Framework, and templates for implementing the Framework. The project will help prepare libraries to better address community needs and accelerate educational outcomes for children in participating communities.
ArtCenter College of Design proposes to scale and expand national guidelines for archives and special collections in fostering access for people with disabilities by adding new guidelines that address technology design. It is a collaboration with the Society of American Archivists Accessibility and Disability Section and the Braille Institute. The proposal seeks to include: 1. an initial symposium to gather relevant experts and stakeholders to help refine the scope of work; 2. a core development phase to identify and develop emerging best practices via studio-based working groups that include technology design faculty and students collaborating with archival professionals and disability experts in developing technology prototypes that address access challenges; 3. an expanded set of Guidelines for Accessible Archives for People with Disabilities; and 4. additional documentation, such as a website.
In partnership with the Indian Trails Public Library District, the University of Illinois proposes to provide the tools needed to develop an initial framework and future toolkit for measuring the impact and value of public library makerspaces in the lives of users and the communities that libraries serve. As public libraries evolve to meet the lifelong learning needs of the community, traditional library measurements and statistics do not accurately reflect the full economic, educational, and social impact of the services in the community. Public libraries need to seek new ways of telling the story of their use and the transformative effect a library has on the life of the community. The planning project will develop a baseline framework by analyzing a series of focus group sessions, as well as writing a white paper for evaluating a non-traditional service in public libraries. This framework will add to the professional knowledge of public librarians nationally and help them achieve excellence in service to their communities.
The University of Kentucky will research the value of libraries as community resources for young children with disabilities and developmental delays. In collaboration with The University of Missouri and Emporia State University, and in partnership with state education and library agencies in Kentucky, Missouri, and Kansas, the project team will investigate the effectiveness of library services, practices, and behaviors for serving children with disabilities and/or developmental delays from infancy to five years old. The team will also develop webinars and instructional materials l that address program management, engagement strategies, and tools that enable librarians to tailor programs and services that better meet the needs of this community. Anticipated outcomes include increased public library programming; improved public library outreach to preschools serving children with disabilities and developmental delays; and increased awareness among families, caregivers, and service providers of educational and social opportunities available through public libraries.
Robert Morris University and Wayne State University will plan for and develop a Community of Practice from small- and mid-sized academic libraries interested in pursuing transformative Open Access (OA) agreements. The community will engage its members using Human-Centered Design to gain an understanding of the collective interests it possesses to advance best practices, an environmental scan, and lessons learned in coalescing as a group. This project will result in a community that represents a critical mass of institutions with sufficient publishing output and negotiating power to speak with one voice. By exploring collectively held needs, facilitating conversations to identify possibilities for collaborative action, and articulating best practices, the project team will identify the communities' aspirations and plan next steps that will be disseminated via a white paper and a national workshop. The resulting Community of Practice is expected to remain in place beyond the award period of performance.
The Ypsilanti District Library, in partnership with the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative Library, will scale their early literacy text messaging service, TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, to reach parents of children birth through five years old across Michigan and Indiana. TALK is designed to empower parents to improve their child's school readiness by sending texts with activity suggestions that parents can do with their children. Public librarians who opt in to the service will receive training and resources to both use and promote the service. This project will develop a new, more scalable platform for the already vetted texts and service model, as well as develop a promotional toolkit, partnerships toolkit, best practices, and professional development around implementation.
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association will explore the current state of Black History Month (BHM) programming offered at public libraries to identify gaps and opportunities for improved national programming. While virtually every public library across the U.S. conducts some program during BHM, there has never been a systematic study to assess the content, scope, target age groups, and focus of that programming. This planning grant will bring together partners from key American Library Association Divisions and Offices, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the University of Michigan's Program for Research on Black Americans, and other experts in the field to explore and catalogue current BHM programming. It will result in: 1. a comprehensive literature review, 2. a taxonomy of BHM programming, 3. a sampling plan, and 4. a draft framework for a future national research study.
Ithaka S+R will research how digital preservation and curation systems are developed, deployed, and sustained. Using case studies, the project team will examine: 1. how community-based initiatives develop sufficient capital and agility to thrive in sectors that include for-profit competitors and 2. how sustained engagement with the funder community alters programmatic guidelines or investment strategies and if engagement improves outcomes. The team will analyze the business approaches of community-based and commercial initiatives, offer lessons learned through case studies, and propose alternative sustainability models for long-term maintenance and development.
The American Philosophical Society, in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Library Company of Philadelphia, proposes Revolutionary City: A Portal to the Nation's Founding - a pilot project that brings together educators, archivists, and digital humanists to design an online portal that will connect collections related to the American Revolution. The proposal is presented in the spirit of the upcoming United States Semiquincentennial in 2026. The portal will serve as a one-stop shop for scholars, teachers, students, and the public to learn about the diverse stories of the American Revolution from the perspective of the residents of America's revolutionary city.
The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign proposes a national forum on privacy and security, enabling experts to collaborate with public library representatives in an exploratory study to gather, learn, and discuss what technological mechanisms are in place to protect the nation's public library patrons' privacy. More specifically, this project will seek to identify the existence and absence of privacy protecting technologies (software and/or hardware) in public library systems of all sizes, considering the differences in comparing smaller rural vs. larger urban public library systems and what unique challenges they face. The results of this project will impact the capacity of library staff and patrons to access and engage with online content while protecting user privacy and library system integrity.
The University of Wisconsin (UW) Law Library - in partnership with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians, the UW Law School Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center, the National Indian Law Library, and the Open Law Library - will develop The Digital Publication of Tribal Laws Pilot Project. The project will develop an open law library platform that will empower libraries to improve access to tribal laws published into the public domain. It will demonstrate the benefits of the combined platforms for tribes, their members, academia, the legal profession, and the public by creating a fully functional tribal legal ecosystem. This ecosystem will comprise: two independent tribes using the publishing platform to publish their laws in standardized formats without copyright or contractual use restrictions; and two independent libraries using the library platform to incorporate those laws, and future updates, into their open access digital repositories. This functionality will enable all library users to search current laws of multiple tribes through curated, federated collections.
Old Dominion University seeks to discover approaches to support more inclusive and equitable maker programs and makerspaces within public libraries. Although the maker movement has grown and become a learning experience environment, there has been little research into the barriers and inequitable practices that individuals who have disabilities experience in the process. The team will conduct five focus groups to collect data from disability self-advocates and stakeholders in the makerspace movement. The goals of this project are to better understand how libraries can improve current making practices and makerspace design; to engage diverse participant viewpoints and provide constructive feedback that can contribute to a more inclusive library; and to establish next steps for broadening disability visibility within public library makerspaces.
Boston College Libraries proposes to convene a series of virtual and in-person meetings that unite library workers from around the United States with experts in cyber-related sexual abuse prevention. The proposed events are designed primarily for academic library workers and select public, school, and tribal library workers, in addition to a diverse range of academics, attorneys, social workers, and law enforcement officials. It will provide practical resources to develop a roadmap for outreach and instruction. This curricular roadmap will better support library workers to be able to help patrons who have been or are at risk of being targeted for crimes such as nonconsensual pornography, cyberstalking, deepfakes, and sexual extortion. It also will strategize and advocate for systemic change.
The University of Idaho and Kansas State University will plan for a web application and service that will be designed to be modular, portable, flexible, multi-modal, and capable of providing an open source extension to improve search and discovery of agricultural and environmental information. The central question is, "How can academic institutions apply new technologies in data search, storage, retrieval, and cross-referencing to make scientific data easier to find and re-use?" The team will investigate the integration of two existing agricultural databases as a demonstration of how to broadly improve existing scholarly literature databases, in particular by piloting how metadata fields for location-based search can be applied to article databases. These results can enhance findability, article classification, geo-referencing, and further integration between systems well beyond the two case study databases.
The Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) will develop and document methods for how library staff can support authentic Latinx parent participation. PLA and NCFL will co-design a process to involve Latinx parents in creating services designed for them. PLA and NCFL will undertake an environmental scan and engage in community-based learning with library staff and parents in three (urban, suburban, and rural) locations. The intent is to generate strategies and practices for authentic parent participation and identify approaches and best practices that can be piloted on a national scale.
Libraries Without Borders proposes to develop a capacity-building model for public libraries and nonprofits to promote digital inclusion and meaningful broadband adoption in manufactured housing communities (mobile home parks). The project proposes a partnership with the Anoka County Library, Minnesota Department of Education, ROC USA, and regional organizations. The organization will set-up a Digital Literacy Lab in the storm shelter of the Park Plaza Cooperative in Fridley, Minnesota. Through this informal learning environment, residents of all ages will have the opportunity to access information technology, broadband Internet, and digital literacy training. This project will provide public libraries and nonprofits with a best practices toolkit designed to foster the expansion and sustainability of digital inclusion efforts in manufactured housing communities across the nation.
The California Digital Library - in collaboration with OCLC and the University of Virginia Library, and in close partnership with LYRASIS and state/regional aggregators - will conduct a research and demonstration project to build the foundation for a national archival finding aid network. Building on a 2018-2019 planning initiative, this project will leverage community engagement to move toward a unified, inclusive, comprehensive, and stable national finding aid network. Work will take place in parallel across multiple focus areas, including: research investigating end-user and contributor needs in relation to finding aid aggregations and evaluating the quality of existing finding aid data; technical assessments of potential systems to support network functions and formulating system requirements for a minimum viable product instantiation of the network; and community building, sustainability planning, and governance modeling to support subsequent phases moving from a project to a program for sustainability beyond this award's period of performance.
Florida State University will partner with the State Library of Florida, the Panhandle Library Area Network (PLAN), Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Public Library Association, emergency management officers, and national disaster experts to explore existing library disaster preparedness, response, and recovery and Continuity of Operations plans and distill evidence-based processes, recommendations, and models for small and rural public libraries throughout Florida and the nation. The main goal is to develop community-centered, multi-disciplinary, smart, and connected disaster models informed by librarians and geographic information system analyses to strengthen small and rural libraries' capacity to prepare library personnel to meet local needs and safeguard library resources. The research grant will build off of IMLS-funded research from the University of Texas and increase the capacity of libraries nationwide to support communities dealing with natural disasters, COVID-19 or other widespread health issues, and other types of community emergencies.
Chicago State University will work with project partners A Way In and Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change to promote community renewal and resilience. The grant will bring together librarians and community partners to explore critical issues, resources, and activities for combatting recidivism and serving populations with severe access and engagement limitations or barriers. Through the planning grant, CSU will establish an institute with public library staff and community partners to foster innovative programs and services that support community members who are facing onerous and complex challenges such as poverty, violence, and incarceration; identify target users and their needs; develop promising initial solutions; and share details of initial insights and approaches with other libraries and communities. The grant will address critical community needs and address questions such as: 1. How do libraries prevent and combat poverty? 2. How do libraries prevent violence and support community members affected by violence? 3. How do libraries support successful reentry upon release from prison? 4. How do libraries support incarcerated community members and their networks of support? How can librarians grow trusted spaces to increase community engagement and dialogue?
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will facilitate a national conversation about the future of LIS Youth services education. It will include roundtables with LIS faculty at national conferences, a website, webinars, and social media. The goal is to get a deeper understanding of today's youth and what that means for the education of public librarians serving youth. The project will include hosting conversations with LIS faculty and in-service youth librarians, conducting an environmental scan on the needs of youth today, studying the perceptions of other youth-focused organizations that work to strengthen youth success, and establishing what innovative public libraries are already doing. Based on the information collected from the conversations, they will host a two-day symposium with keynote speakers, a panel presentation, facilitated discussions, and participatory activities to explore questions and issues that emerged and to imagine how higher education LIS curricula could change to meet the needs of future youth library professionals and their young constituents. The symposium will result in a preliminary report as well as a website featuring the ideas generated throughout the project.
LYRASIS will lead the creation and piloting of a dynamic, flexible suite of tools to plan and manage sustainability for open source software (OSS) initiatives serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations. The tools will be designed around the 2018 "It Takes A Village" framework for assessment and planning created through an IMLS-supported award. OSS supports mission-critical functions that provide public access to content and information. Maintaining digital infrastructures built from OSS requires continuous attention to sustainability; however, initiative sustainability plans rarely exist for OSS programs serving cultural or scientific heritage. Through this community-interactive tool development and piloting, the project will strengthen the ability of libraries, archives, and museums to sustain community-supported OSS programs, which are critical to managing and growing national digital infrastructures and initiatives.
Harvard University will use a National Forum grant to advance work that ensures software citation supports authors, preservationists, and users alike. While software is essential to scholarly research, it is frequently uncited, resulting in situations where software is difficult to find, access, and build upon in the future. The project team will plan and hold a workshop with participants representing many forms of labor and expertise to discuss the barriers to properly citing software and will develop a specific plan of action to address software citation implementation to all relevant communities.
Urban Libraries Council (ULC) will explore new approaches for public libraries and local governments to align activities, frameworks, metrics, and partnerships to reach disadvantaged and underserved communities. ULC seeks to help public libraries advance community equity in a focused, coordinated, and strategic way in partnership with local government. During the planning grant, ULC will conduct a model and literature review to identify and document current local government approaches to addressing race and social equity issues. This will include a review of existing frameworks, language, metrics, evaluation strategies, and methodologies, as well as identifying the local government departments that are responsible for these efforts. This work also will look at how public libraries are currently represented in frameworks and their role in the ecosystem of organizations that are addressing equity issues. A working group of 15 to 20 library leaders and local government organizations will identify potential strategies and methodologies for leveraging library assets to support local government equity initiatives. A concept paper will guide development of a larger initiative and inform communication strategies for conveying the value of libraries as equity partners.
Indiana University, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Virginia Tech will address the challenge of curating data produced during interdisciplinary and highly collaborative research, defined as research that integrates resources and expertise across disciplines and institutional settings. The project will engage with nine diverse interdisciplinary use cases through four iterative stages: 1. assessing current data practices, 2. developing automated and "human-in-the-loop" workflows, 3. implementing workflows by use case teams, and 4. engaging graduate students and professional experts to collaboratively evaluate the project. Ultimately, this work will generate deep knowledge of data practices in interdisciplinary research, engage the library and archives communities in collaborative development and evaluation, and enhance the long-term sustainability of these complex datasets and their necessary infrastructures.
The African American Research Library and Cultural Center - in partnership with Shift Design, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Spelman College Archives, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland - will hold a national forum called "Archiving the Black Web". The forum will focus on strategies for collecting and preserving Black history and culture online as well as building a support community for Black cultural heritage collections interested in web archiving. The culturally relevant yet highly ephemeral nature of web-published content by and about Black people is at risk of being lost forever or left to a fate of benign neglect. This national dialogue will create the infrastructure and framework for the future of documenting the web presence of Black history and culture.
The DuraSpace Community Supported Programs at LYRASIS will develop, pilot, and document migration tools and paths to upgrade the repository software Fedora 3, which is widely used but no longer supported, to Fedora 6. Hundreds of U.S. libraries and archives use Fedora 3 repository software to preserve and deliver scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage resources and services to patrons, often including unique digital content. Continued community reliance on Fedora 3 puts the stability, security, accessibility, and functionality of these repositories at risk. The community identified migration tools and documentation during a planning project as important resources to support Fedora 3 upgrade and migration processes, which are necessary to sustain repositories that provide critical access to digital collections. Pilot migrations will be conducted and documented for two Fedora 3 repositories; a toolkit then will be shared through training programs to support broad community adoption.
The University of Washington Information School will conduct research aimed to improve libraries' capacity to include children with autism and their families in early literacy programming. Currently, there is a lack of empirical evidence about the early literacy needs of autistic children and their families. In partnership with the Seattle Children's Autism Center, the Association for Library Services to Children, Seattle Public Library, and Pierce County Libraries, they will develop the Autism-Ready Libraries Toolkit, which will include early literacy programming and training materials to empower librarians to better serve this population.
Howard County Library System (HCLS) will develop contextualized English language classes that support career pathways and improve English language proficiency at the workplace and in academic settings for skilled immigrants. The goal of this project is to pilot the development of a model for library systems that answers the following questions: 1. How can a library enhance and support the workforce development needs of a growing skilled immigrant population? and 2. What strategies can address barriers that are preventing many immigrants from advancing out of low-wage jobs? Libraries are an important entry point to community services for new Americans, and job training is a high priority for this growing population. In communities across the country, many employers are having trouble finding enough skilled workers for .high-demand fields such as science, information technology, engineering, and finance, and may be unaware of how to connect with the many qualified, skilled immigrants already in the country. The primary objectives for the year-long pilot project is divided into three phases: 1. analysis/needs assessment, 2. curriculum development, and 3. piloting classes that support libraries in serving as a conduit between immigrants and employers
East Central University's Linscheid Library - in partnership with Oklahoma State University Libraries, Redlands Community College, and the Oklahoma Council of Online Learning Excellence - proposes a three-year project to create and disseminate a research methodology for evaluating the efficacy of Open Educational Resources (OER) in increasing lifelong learning competencies. The goals of the project are to develop a research toolkit for studying the efficacy of OER on increasing lifelong learning competencies and to develop an OER for librarians on how to create robust research methodologies for studying teaching and learning. The project was created to address the lack of robust research methodology in OER efficacy studies and the lack of librarian knowledge in conducting research.
The University of Washington Information School will investigate ways in which public library staff can gain a better understanding of their local community using open data. By conducting interviews, surveys, and a workshop, the project team will uncover the current barriers among librarians to using open data for planning and decision-making. With a future goal of developing an open source data platform, the university will create a work plan that details use cases, technical requirements, and vetted open data. The study population for this planning grant is primarily public library staff with additional information drawn from staff in supporting organizations (e.g., state library agencies and open data projects).
The California Digital Library, in collaboration with Crossref and DataCite, will develop and implement a sustainable curation model for the Research Organization Registry (ROR). ROR is a community-led project to develop an open, sustainable, usable, and unique persistent identifier for every research organization in the world so that the research community can more efficiently discover and track research outputs across institutions and funding bodies. With IMLS funds, the project team will develop a community-based curation model to sustain the registry long-term by establishing a curation advisory board; supporting a curation coordinator; and completing technical work to enable curation tasks.
Arizona State University (ASU) - along with SciStarter, Arizona State Library, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net), and additional library and science museum partners - will enhance and scale libraries' capacity to serve their communities' growing need for experience, knowledge, and skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) domains by expanding field-tested citizen science kits and resources to engage more patrons in the field. The project leverages SciStarter, a web platform connecting thousands of project scientists with millions of citizen scientists, to address known critical barriers in citizen science infrastructure, including lack of project awareness and access to the proper instruments, which prohibits sustained participation in citizen science. The goal is to mature, scale, and sustain the citizen science work started in Arizona while engaging participants from diverse backgrounds to make a national impact on libraries supporting citizen science.