This week LMU and the staff of the William H. Hannon Library welcome the 2015 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) Scholars. These 22 academic and research librarians will be staying on campus and participating in a research training workshop from July 12-24. Selected from 64 applicants, these librarians come from 11 states, representing all parts of the country and many functional areas of academic and research libraries. IRDL 2015 is the second year of a three-year project funded by a grant from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to train and support novice librarian-scholars in the completion of a research study.
The center-piece for each of the three cohorts is the two-week research "bootcamp" led in the library's Von der Ahe Suite by two experienced researchers, anthropologist Greg Guest and San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU) faculty, Lili Luo; with additional instruction by SJSU faculty, Michael Stephens. In addition to lectures and in-class learning activities, the Scholars will be revising their research proposals and forming a research community to support one another's work. Over the next twelve months the Project Directors and instructors will follow the progress of the Scholars as they implement their research, offer support as they analyze findings and write results, and celebrate with them as they complete their projects.
For more information about IRDL and this year's Scholars, please see the project website: irdlonline.org and the project blog: irdlonline.org/blog1/. We also invite you to follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/IRDLonline.
-Kristine Brancolini and Marie Kennedy, Project Directors, IRDL