MSI summer program and maker workshops win IMLS funding

Elizabeth Yakel

Three UMSI faculty members received awards from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which supports projects that recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders.

Elizabeth Yakel, professor of information and associate dean for research and faculty affairs, received a $444,462 award to support her Research Experience for Master’s Students project. The project will provide immersive 12-week summer research opportunities to master’s students enrolled in archival education and library and information science programs. 

A number of UMSI faculty members and partners from U-M Libraries, the Bentley Historical Library, U-M School of Education Teaching and Learning Exploratory, and the Inter-university Consortium for Social and Political Research will offer a range of research experiences that will better prepare master’s students for research careers. These experiences will focus on increasing students’ competitiveness for doctoral programs and augmenting their research skills to make them better evidence-based practitioners.

Kristin Fontichiaro

It is anticipated that 30 master’s students and three doctoral students will participate in the program over three years. These individuals will learn more about research and research management processes, and the expectations of doctoral programs and other research-based career paths.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Information Kristin Fontichiaro received a $499,441 award to grow professional development and support for makerspace learning and innovation programs in Michigan libraries. Assistant Professor of Information Silvia Lindtner is serving as the co-principal investigator on this project. 

Fontichiaro and Lindtner will partner with host libraries and their communities in higher-poverty rural areas across Michigan and convene multi-day workshops for librarians, civic leaders, service organizations, scout and business leaders, educators and others. The workshops will develop familiarity with maker tools and processes and demonstrate how to build a sustainable structure around local needs and resources, create community partnerships, and acquire innovative and inspiring tools. 

Silvia Lindtner

Fontichiaro and Lindtner will also host campus and virtual workshops, with the overarching goal of the project to develop a strong and sustainable network with libraries as a hub for entrepreneurial and innovative practices that can encourage participants to strive for academic and career development and even an entrepreneurial future.

UMSI is the only institution in Michigan to receive awards through the 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which delivered a total of 22 grants to organizations across 14 states and the District of Columbia. The program funds projects for Master’s level programs, Doctoral programs, early faculty career development, continuing education ventures, institutional support endeavors, and research on the library and information science field.

Posted April 2, 2015