Dear Colleagues,


The IMLS-funded Institute for Research Design in Librarianship will begin accepting applications for the second year of its professional development program for librarians on December 1st. I participated in the first year of this Institute, and I can’t express strongly enough how amazing it was, not only in the training it provided but also in the peer network I built through it. I strongly encourage you to apply if you have any uncertainty about how to pursue your research agenda, including design and execution.


From the Call for Proposals:


“We seek librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. IRDL is designed to bring together all that the literature tells us about the necessary conditions for librarians to conduct valid and reliable research in an institutional setting. The cohort will be chosen from a selective submission process, with an emphasis on enthusiasm for research and diversity from a variety of perspectives, including ethnicity and type and size of library.


The Advisory Board, comprised of librarians with research experience in a variety of settings, will use an open review process to select participants who will travel to Los Angeles, California, participate in all Institute activities, and conduct a research project during the 2015-2016 academic year. The online application requires a proposed research project that will be revised at the workshop and will be the basis for the study to be completed in the coming year.”


Librarians accepted into the program “will receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions. The summer Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) workshop is supplemented with pre-Institute learning activities and a personal learning network that provides ongoing mentoring.”


The workshop will be held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, from July 13-23, 2015.


More information is available at:



Christopher B. Eaker

Assistant Professor & Data Curation Librarian

College of Architecture & Design Liaison

University of Tennessee Libraries

John C. Hodges Library, Room 236

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(865) 974-4404


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