DUBLIN, Ohio, January 8, 2016—OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have awarded research grants for five projects to be conducted by 10 researchers. The awards were presented January 7 at the ALISE 2016 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Iris Xie and Rakesh Babu, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will investigate universal accessibility of digital libraries with specific work on design of Help mechanisms for blind users. This project provides not only a theoretical contribution by helping to understand the blind users' help-seeking behaviors, but also a practical contribution by offering an iterative design of accessible and usable Help features for blind users.
- Abdulhussain Mahdi and Arash Joorabchi, University of Limerick, will pursue the development of an algorithm for automatic mapping of FAST subject headings to their equivalent Wikipedia articles or topic. The proposed mapping algorithm deploys various text mining techniques such as string matching, explicit semantic analysis, and citation analysis to find the best matching article for a given FAST term.
- Besiki Stvilia, Florida State University, Dong Joon Lee, Texas A&M University, and Shuheng Wu, Queens College, CUNY, will investigate the social aspects of participation in online research identity management systems. The study's findings can inform the design of research identity data/metadata models, data quality assurance activities, mechanisms for recruiting and retaining researchers for provision and maintenance of identity data. The study can also inform teaching of data curation and research data repository management in Library and Information Science schools.
- Pengyi Zhang, Peking University, will investigate collaborative sensemaking in online knowledge groups. This research aims to answer the question, "How do people with collaborative tasks construct knowledge structures and fit data into the structures collectively in online knowledge groups?" The proposed research will advance theoretical understanding of collaborative sensemaking and provide guidance for empirical research and education of sensemaking skills.
- Denice Adkins and Heather Moulaison Sandy, University of Missouri, will identify ways in which multiple Latino populations use mobile technologies for information-seeking; use social media for information-seeking; and based on that knowledge, create "profiles" for various Latino communities (i.e. rural, urban, established communities, newcomer communities, etc.) that can be used by libraries to tailor their social media and mobile information campaigns.
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 are eligible to apply for grants of up to $15,000. 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.
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.
ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) is a non-profit organization that serves as the intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science in North America. Its mission is to promote innovation and excellence in research, teaching, and service for educators and scholars in Library and Information Science and cognate disciplines internationally through leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and dissemination of research. For more, visit www.alise.org.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.