DUBLIN, Ohio, 19 January 2017—OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have awarded research grants for three projects to be conducted by four researchers. The awards were presented January 19 at the ALISE 2017 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Lorraine Richards Bornn, Drexel University, will examine two different case study settings in an effort to highlight the costs of research data management (RDM) and reveal the challenges of assessing RDM costs. This project will provide some much needed empirical information, as well as provide a guide to help institutions think about costing RDM services and the difficulties involved with doing this.
- Devendra Potnis, The University of Tennessee, will develop and test a Financial Information Literacy Toolkit to Educate boRrowers (FILTER), in collaboration with public libraries in India, to build financial information literacy among illiterate and semi-literate borrowers to enable them to graduate out of poverty. This project will demonstrate the value of public libraries in implementing ambitious financial inclusion initiatives undertaken by governments in developing nations.
- Charles Senteio and Nancy Kranich, Rutgers University, will examine libraries' current activities aimed at engaging underrepresented communities to improve health and wellness, with the goal of offering new insight to inform how both public libraries and academic/health libraries can enhance the effectiveness of their current support for community health and wellness. The researchers will consider findings in the context of how libraries serving diverse populations can develop and nurture meaningful community connections to support health and wellness.
OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grants support research that advances librarianship and information science. The grants promote independent research, particularly work helping to integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches, and research that contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors. Priority is given to submissions that integrate diversity, inclusion and equity aspects into these research areas.
Full-time academic faculty (or the equivalent) in schools of library and information science worldwide are eligible to apply for grants of up to $25,000. Proposals are evaluated by a panel selected by OCLC and ALISE. Supported projects are expected to be conducted within approximately one year from the date of the award and, as a condition of the grant, researchers must furnish a final project report at the end of the grant period and present research findings at the ALISE Conference.
More information about the OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program can be found at www.oclc.org/research/grants.html. A list of previous grant recipients is at www.oclc.org/research/grants/awarded.html.
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