IRDL is changing

Are you thinking about applying for IRDL in 2020? There are a few changes to the program you need to know about:

For the past six years, IRDL has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with the goal of building a sustainable model for continuing education for academic and research librarians. IRDL begins with a week-long, hands-on workshop curriculum to learn the fundamentals of research design and continues for one academic year, during which our IRDL scholars run a research project of their own design, supported by a network of peers and a formal mentor.

We have assessed the impact of the IRDL since its inception and we can confirm that the model we have designed is effective. In the words of a 2018 scholar, “Participating in IRDL was a transformative experience in my career as a librarian. The research instruction, mentorship, and collaboration opportunities empowered me to engage in new forms of research, and build my own research agenda.”

We are grateful for the financial support that IMLS provided to IRDL through two 3-year funding cycles. Even though our IMLS support has come to an end, we want to continue the tradition of empowering novice librarian-researchers to become confident and knowledgeable in conducting research that affects all areas of the library profession.

Beginning in 2020, the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University will administer IRDL under a new funding model. We are working with our partners to identify ways to keep the cost of attendance as low as possible for future scholars. Stay tuned this Fall for more information about the costs for you to attend IRDL 2020.

Are you ready to jump start your own research agenda and apply for IRDL 2020? Take some inspiration from the work completed by previous IRDL Scholars: We look forward to reviewing your proposals. The application center opens on December 1, 2019.

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