We are happy to announce that the William H. Hannon Library, in partnership with the San José State University Information School and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), has received a three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fund a follow-up to the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship. This $394,014 grant will fund “Building Research Capacity Among Academic Librarians: IRDL-2.” The project was one of 11 projects funded from 68 applications.
Sixty novice academic and research librarian researchers will receive instruction in research methods and a full year of support to complete a project. Participants will develop their research skills through participation in a summer workshop featuring in-class exercises and hands-on writing sessions as well as research studies conducted at their home libraries. The project team will deliver instruction; create a workshop environment; foster an environment of collegiality and support in the research process; facilitate the dissemination of results; and focus on new evaluative components to create a cost-effective, sustainable model for academic and research librarians to become skilled researchers capable of mentoring and collaborating with one another in their investigative work.