“IRDL not only set me on the path to producing and properly documenting original research, but it set me up with a network of like-minded Librarians who will help me achieve my goals.” — 2014 IRDL Scholar
We are issuing a call for applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2018. We are seeking novice librarian researchers who are 1) employed by academic libraries or 2) are research librarians outside an academic setting, in the United States to participate in the Institute. We define “novice” broadly; if you feel that you would benefit from being guided throughout the entire research design process, we encourage your application. Librarians of all levels of professional experience are welcome to apply.
The year-long experience begins with a workshop held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, from June 3-9, 2018, with arrival on campus on Saturday, June 2, and departure on Sunday, June 10.
The William H. Hannon Library has received a second three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer this continuing education opportunity (this grant, IRDL-2, is from 2016-2019). Each year 20 librarians will receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions; the learning experience, travel to and from Los Angeles, CA, accommodations, and food will be supplied to Scholars free of charge.
We seek librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. IRDL is designed to bring together all that the literature tells us about the necessary conditions for librarians to conduct valid and reliable research in an institutional setting. The cohort will be chosen from a selective submission process, with an emphasis on enthusiasm for research and diversity from a variety of perspectives, including ethnicity and type and size of library.
- Commitment to the year-long process of participating in the IRDL research community and conducting the proposed study within the 2018-2019 academic year;
- Significance of the research problem to the operational success of libraries or to the profession of librarianship;
- Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of the research proposal;
- Enthusiasm for research and a desire to learn.
We will be accepting applications from December 1, 2017 to January 27, 2018. Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified in early March 2018. Application information may be found at http://irdlonline.org/call-for-proposals/institute-overview/.
Please contact Project Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process:
Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library, Loyola Marymount University
Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Marymount University