Are you thinking about applying for IRDL in 2017? There are a couple changes to the program you need to know about:
1. The summer workshop will now be one week long. When we think about sustainability of a model such as IRDL we realize that being away from home/work for two weeks — that was the length of time for the summer workshops in 2014-2016 — can be a hardship. In 2017-2019 we are condensing the curriculum into 7 full days. In 2017 you will arrive to LMU on Saturday, June 3, begin the workshop on Sunday, June 4, work with us through the week, finishing the program Saturday night. You will return home on Sunday, June 11 and be back to work that next day; you’ll only be away for one week. Good, right? Read on…
2. You will be paired with a formal mentor. Your peers in IRDL cohort will still be your best research supporters after leaving the summer workshop but we want to make sure you have all the help you may need to complete your research. With a mentor you can expect consistent communication from a librarian who has designed and executed their own research projects. During the academic year after your workshop experience you will be matched with a mentor to help cheer you on and give guidance as you complete your IRDL project.
We look forward to reviewing your proposals. The application center opens on December 1, 2016.