Announcing the 2022 IRDL Scholars

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) Online is pleased to announce its 2022 cohort of scholars. This year, the William H. Hannon Library will virtually welcome 28 scholars from 17 states on June 6-17 for two weeks of lectures, private consultations with research experts, and hands-on activities. Learn more about each of the scholars on the 2022 IRDL cohort webpage.

IRDL Online is a year-long experience designed to bring together a diverse group of academic and research librarians who are motivated and enthusiastic about conducting research but need additional training and/or other support to perform the steps successfully. The IRDL scholars learn about various research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), scholarly publishing strategies, and tools for strengthening their personal learning networks.

The entire 2022 IRDL Online program will be hosted virtually. Planning is underway to transition the curriculum from an in-person to an online format. Looking to use this as an opportunity for innovation, the IRDL leadership team is exploring ways to engage the participants in both live and asynchronous settings.

“A strength of IRDL has always been about the sense of community developed as being part the program. In an online environment our goal is to continue to cultivate that growing community of practice while having fun learning together,” said Marie R. Kennedy, serials and electronic resources librarian and project director. Kristine Brancolini, dean of the library, developed IRDL with Kennedy and serves as project co-director.

Launched in 2014, the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship is a continuing education program for academic and research librarians designed to create a growing community of confident librarian-researchers. The program begins with a summer research workshop that provides novice researchers with social science research training and is followed by a year of peer and formal mentor support in completing a research project of their design. From 2022-23, the summer research workshop, traditionally delivered as an in-person experience, will be converted to an online format, thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

IRDL Online is a partnership among the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University, the School of Information at San José State University, and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium. More information can be found on the IRDL website.