DUBLIN, Ohio, January 28, 2015. OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have awarded research grants to Matthew Griffis of the University of Southern Mississippi, Jin Ha Lee of the University of Washington and Eric Meyers of the University of British Columbia. The awards will be presented January 29 at the ALISE 2015 Annual Conference Awards Reception in Chicago, Illinois.
- Matthew Griffis, Ph.D., of the School of Library and Information Science at The University of Southern Mississippi, will investigate libraries (public and/or academic) that employ roaming reference models in the project, "The ‘Place' of the Librarian in Deskless Library: Do Roaming Reference Spatial Models Create a More User-centered Library?" This study will examine to what extent roaming reference models make library spaces more "user-centered" than traditional, stationary reference service models.
- Jin Ha Lee, Ph.D., of the University of Washington Information School, will seek to develop a pathway for providing high-quality cross-media advisory services based on the idea of "appeals" in the project, "Appeal Factors: Enabling Cross-media Advisory Services." The objective of this study is to investigate and identify common appeal factors across multiple types of media and develop ways to describe those appeals, which will enable libraries to provide cross-media advisory services.
- Eric Meyers, Ph.D., of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, will utilize the Raspberry Pi microcomputer to explore the development of computational thinking in youth through an introduction to computer programming in the project, "Easy as Pi: Developing Computational Thinking in the Public Library." This research will contribute to the understanding of computational thinking as an emerging theoretical concept through the development and study of informal learning programs.
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 excellence in research, teaching, and service and to provide an understanding of the values and ethos of library and information science. ALISE serves 500 individual members and more than 60 institutional members, primarily in the United States and Canada. For more, visit www.alise.org.
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OCLC Research is one of the world's leading centers devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries in a rapidly changing information technology environment. OCLC Research works with the community to collaboratively identify problems and opportunities, prototype and test solutions, and shares findings through publications, presentations and professional interactions. For more information, visit the OCLC Research website.