(2015) Institute Overview

(Please note that this is an archived web page. This is not the current Institute overview. {Archived 8/20/2015})

The days were so lively, full of activities, discussions and jokes that it was hard to believe a whole day in a research methods class could be so energizing. Definitely a must for every new academic librarian.” — 2014 IRDL Scholar

Academic and research librarians and their institutions derive well-established benefits from librarians conducting research:  progress toward gaining promotion, tenure, and higher salaries; advancement in the profession and recognition; receptivity to change; increased skill in managing complex library operations through systematic study; and better service to and empathy with faculty researchers. We know, however, that these librarians may not be well positioned to conduct research, resulting from any number of barriers. We aim to remove some of the noted barriers (reported lack of time to complete a research project, unfamiliarity with the research process, lack of support for research (both moral and monetary), lack of confidence, discouraging jargon, inadequate education in research methods) with the creation of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship.

This Institute is designed to bring together a diverse group of academic and research librarians who are motivated and enthusiastic about conducting research but need additional training and/or other support to perform the steps successfully. During the nine-day institute held annually in the summer, participants will receive expert instruction on research design and small-group and one-on-one assistance in writing and/or revising their own draft research proposal. In the following year, participants will receive ongoing moral support in conducting their research and preparing the results for dissemination.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible as an Institute Scholar:

  • Applicant must have already completed a graduate program in library and information studies or equivalent (completed by May 2014, or earlier).
  • Applicant must be employed in a single full time permanent position as an academic or research librarian in the United States.
  • Applicant must be able to attend the entire summer workshop, arriving in Los Angeles, CA on July 12, 2015, departing July 24, 2015.

Application Procedures

Applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) are accepted through the IRDL Digital Commons website (http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/irdl). Applications for IRDL are accepted from December 1, 2014 to February 1, 2015. To submit an application to be considered as an Institute Scholar, please be sure to thoroughly review the information and directions posted at Prepare Your Proposal (http://irdlonline.org/call-for-proposals/prepare-your-proposal/).

Awards are announced in mid-April 2015. Scholars commit to attend by May 15, 2015.

Description of Scholarship Award

Institute Scholars will be provided with a two-week intensive, hands-on classroom learning experience at the Loyola Marymount University, on the topic of research design. The learning experience, travel to and from Los Angeles, CA, accommodations, and food will be supplied to Scholars free of charge. Funding for participants is provided by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Loyola Marymount University.

Additional Benefits

Scholars will establish a personal learning network, aimed at providing ongoing support beyond their year as an Institute Scholar, offering them the mentoring and motivation they need to be successful researchers, providing benefits to both themselves and to their institutions. Therefore, Institute Scholars receive a number of benefits in addition to their scholarship funds, these include:

  • Formal and informal mentoring opportunities.
  • Access to colleagues via an electronic discussion list and online community.
  • Networking with other Institute Scholars and library researchers.
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