OCLC Research and ALISE name recipients of 2018 Library and Information Science Research Grants

OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have awarded research grants for three projects to be conducted by five researchers. The awards were presented February 8 at the ALISE 2018 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon in Denver, Colorado.

  • Rachel Clarke, Syracuse University, will investigate means for wider, more systematic approaches to promoting diverse reading materials in libraries, furthering encouragement of and advocacy for diverse reading and media consumption, especially by those people who might not otherwise be inclined to pursue such resources. This project aims to allow library users to think in new and unexpected ways about resources from populations traditionally marginalized in literature and publishing through new developments in knowledge organization that serve traditional library services.
  • Violeta Trkulja and Juliane Stiller, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, will examine the information seeking behavior of refugee migrants in Germany, while pursuing a job, a training position, or following an educational path on the Internet. Their study will contribute to a better understanding of the varying degrees of digital skills of migrant refugees that can be used to design targeted courses and curricula that address online deficits.
  • Alexander Voss and Anna Clements, University of St Andrews, will perform a study to characterize the adoption of ORCID iDs, the use cases and perceptions of the system among researchers in different research communities, barriers to uptake the possible interventions. This work will deliver unique insights into how the envisaged direct benefits of the use of ORCID iDs are materializing for those stakeholders who, by signing up and maintain their record, have to carry out the work that is essential for its success.

OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grants support research that advances librarianship and information science, promotes independent research to help librarians integrate new technologies into areas of traditional competence, and contributes to a better understanding of the library environment.

Full-time academic faculty (or the equivalent) in schools of library and information science worldwide applied for these grants of up to $25,000. Proposals were 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.

A list of previous OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant recipients is at www.oclc.org/research/grants/awarded.html.

Research Fellowship: University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Library invites applications for the Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for the summer of 2018.

Any visiting researcher, writer, or artist residing more than 100 miles from Chicago, and whose project requires on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts, rare books, or other materials in the Special Collections Research Center, is eligible.

Support for beginning scholars is a priority of the program. Applications in the fields of late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century physics or physical chemistry, or nineteenth-century classical opera, will receive special consideration.

Awards will be made based on the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed on-site research successfully within the timeframe of the fellowship.  Applicants should explain why the project cannot be conducted without on-site access to the original materials and the extent to which University of Chicago Library collections are central to the research.  Up to $3,000 of support will be awarded to help cover estimated travel, living, and research expenses.  Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.

The deadline for applications is March 19, 2018.  Notice of awards will be made by April 10, 2018, for use between June 1, 2018, and September 28, 2018.

Applicants must provide the following information:

  • A cover letter (not to exceed one page) including the project title; a brief summary; estimated dates of on-site research; and a budget for travel, living, and research expenses during the period of on-site research
  • A research proposal not to exceed three double-spaced pages. Applicants should include references to specific archival finding aids and catalog records of particular relevance to their proposed project whenever possible.
  • A curriculum vitae of no longer than two pages
  • Two letters of support from academic or other scholars. References may be sent with the application or separately.

Submit application in one electronic file to: scrcfellowship@lib.uchicago.edu

Letters of reference in electronic form are preferred; print letters of reference can be sent to:

Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships
Special Collections Research Center
The University of Chicago Library
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

For additional information contact:
Daniel Meyer, Director, Special Collections Research Center.

Research Fellowship: Southern Methodist University

Bridwell Library is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Visiting Scholars and Ministers Fellowships program. This year we are offering five fellowships with a $2,000 stipend. The stipend is meant to help defray research, living, and travel expenses during the tenure of the award and preference is given to applicants residing at least 100 miles from the Southern Methodist University campus. The program is open to all active scholars from Ph.D. students to retired professors, and to religious leaders of all faiths. If you know of persons who might benefit from this program please encourage them to go to our website where full information on the program may be found: http://www.smu.edu/Bridwell/About/ResearchStudy/BridwellFellowships. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018.

Research Grant: Princeton University

2018-19 Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grants
application deadline is January 31, 2018.

Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grants

Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term
Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the Library’s special
collections. The award is $1,000 per week (up to four weeks) plus
transportation costs.

Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts,
rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Rare Books
and Special Collections, including the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library; as
well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East
Asian Library (Gest Collection).  Special grants are awarded in several areas:
the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies supports a limited number of library
fellowships in Hellenic Studies, the Elmer Adler Fund supports research in the
graphic arts, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its
collection on aspects of children’s literature. The Maxwell Fund supports
research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures. The Sid
Lapidus ’59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the
Enlightenment in the Atlantic World supports relevant special collections
research.

For more information, or to apply, please go to
http://rbsc.princeton.edu/friends-princeton-university-library-research-grants

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2018.  Grants are tenable from May 1,
2018 to April 30, 2019.