Call for Proposals

The William H. Hannon Library has received a three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer a nine-day continuing education opportunity for academic and research librarians. Each year 21 librarians will receive instruction in research design and a full year of support to complete a research project at their home institutions. The summer Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is supplemented with pre-institute learning activities and a personal learning network that provides ongoing mentoring.  The institutes will be held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.  For more information about the project, including the project partners, the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), please see the project website:  http://irdlonline.org.

The first institute will be held on June 16-26, 2014, with arrival on campus on Sunday, June 15, and departure on Friday, June 27.

We are now issuing a call for application for the IRDL 2014. We are seeking 21 novice librarian researchers who are employed by academic libraries or research libraries outside an academic setting in the United States to participate in the institute. We define novice researchers as those who may have conducted research but have not yet had an article published or a presentation accepted by a peer-reviewed publication or conference; librarians who have presented peer-reviewed poster sessions will be eligible. Librarians of all levels of professional experience are welcome to apply.

We seek librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. The project 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.

The Advisory Committee, comprised of librarians with research experience in a variety of settings, will use an open review process to select a maximum of 21 participants who will travel to Los Angeles, California, participate in all institute activities, and conduct a research project during the 2014-2015 academic year. The online application requests a proposed research project that will be revised at the institute and will be the basis for the study to be completed in the coming year.

Selection criteria:

  1. Significance of the research problem to the operational success of the applicant’s library or to the profession of librarianship;
  2. Clarity of the proposed methodology;
  3. Enthusiasm for research and desire to learn;
  4. Commitment to the year-long process of communicating with other participants and conducting the proposed study;
  5. Adherence to submission requirements (see below).

We will be accepting applications from December 1, 2013 to February 1, 2014.

Please prepare the following to be uploaded as separate PDF documents as part of your application:

  1. Complete and save to your computer the application form found at http://irdlonline.org/application_form.pdf
  2. Abstract (approximately 200 words)
  3. CV
  4. One-page cover letter of why you are applying. Please reflect on what you specifically hope to gain from participation in the Institute.
  5. A letter from your Director or Dean (or supervisor, if you are a Director or Dean), addressing the following specific topics:
    1. An awareness that your librarian will return to the home institution with a project ready to run. You will support, as appropriate for your institution, time to complete the work.
    2. Any available resources the Scholar will have to complete the work (examples: access to research consultant, stats consultant).
    3. Moral support / mentorship.
    4. Permission granted to be away from the home institution for the entirety of the Institute.
  6. Attach a description of the project you would like to focus on while a scholar at the Institute. Your description should address the following specific topics (Maximum 4 pages):
    1. A clear problem statement or hypothesis.
    2. Any background information to support your project, such as a bibliography, proposed research design/methodology, previous or related research that you have done, include any instruments you’ve already developed.
    3. What is the expected contribution to knowledge or your library’s operations.
  7. Create an account at the IRDL Digital Commons website (http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/irdl/) and upload your documents.

Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified by March 1, 2014.

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