CIRI Faculty Grant Projects


Faculty Grant Projects

Archives 4.0: Artificial Intelligence for Trust in Records and Archives

Partner: Dr. Pat Franks and Dr. Darra Hofman
Funding Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada
Funding Amount: $2,489,577 (CAD)
Funding Period: 2021-2026

Summary: InterPARES Trust AI (2021-2026) is a multi-national interdisciplinary project aiming to design, develop, and leverage Artificial Intelligence to support the ongoing availability and accessibility of trustworthy public records by forming a sustainable, ongoing partnership producing original research, training students and other highly qualified personnel (HQP), and generating a virtuous circle between academia, archival institutions, government records professionals, and industry, a feedback loop reinforcing the knowledge and capabilities of each party.

Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) Online

Partner: Dr. Lili Luo
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $248,299
Funding Period: 2021-2024

Summary: The Loyola Marymount University Library, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, will expand the availability of the successful research training and mentoring program for novice librarian-researchers, the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL). Transitioning the proven in-person training experience to a sustainable synchronous online format will provide access to a wider base of participants at a lower cost per participant. To further cultivate the growing community of practice of librarian-researchers, IRDL Online proposes to develop the IRDL Scholars’ Speaker Series and IRDL Online Research Conference as part of the program. Scholars will have free access to IRDL Online and it will provide research training and mentorship to 90 librarians over three years.

Bridging Knowledge: Supporting Indigenous Scholars in the Field of Librarianship

Partner: Sheila Gurtu
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $700,000 
Funding Period: 2021-2024

Summary:  The San José State University School of Information, American Indian Library Association, the Alaska State Library are partners on a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant worth over $700,000 awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Alaska Library Network. The grant will fund a three-year project titled Bridging Knowledge: Supporting Indigenous Scholars in the Field of Librarianship. The project will provide financial, professional and peer support to 15 American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian students as they pursue their Master of Library and Information Science degree in the iSchool’s exclusively online program. The students will also have the opportunity to concurrently earn an Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets and Services.

Reading Nation Waterfall

PI: Dr. Anthony Chow
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $1.4 million
Funding Period: 2020-2023

Summary: The Reading Nation Waterfall project aims to increase access to literary resources and libraries for Native American children and families. The project partners  include Crow Tribe of Montana (Montana), Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (North Carolina), Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina (North Carolina), Northern Cheyenne (Montana), and Kewa Pueblo, formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo (New Mexico). The project will have national impact in seven ways: 1) It further pilots, scales, and extends activities previously funded and tested in the field through an IMLS planning grant; 2) Expands these activities to new audiences; 3) Is easily replicable and implementable across the field; 4) Addresses all three aspects of the core mission of IMLS – Promote Lifelong Learning, Build Capacity, and Increase Public Access; 5) Focuses on the Lifelong Learning project category by working with cross disciplinary partners working with children from 0-10; 6) Establishes a team with the expertise, experience, and culturally appropriate perspective to implement the project; and 7) Develops and disseminates, in partnership with local and national library associations and community organizations, a Native American literacy and library model. The project team will also develop and disseminate a process to be shared via web-based toolkit and traditional academic presentation and publications for easy replication.

Educating for Equity?: Sexual and Gender Minority Privacy in Library and Information Studies Education

Co-PIs: Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran and Dr. Darra Hofmann
Funding Agency: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Research Grant Competition
Funding Amount: $5,000
Funding Period: 2021-2022

Summary: This project examines whether students are equipped to handle complex questions of information policy by examining an urgent information problem facing libraries: the privacy of sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals in the face of COVID-19 surveillance. Sexual and gender minorities face significant information risks that differ from those of cis-gender, heterosexual people; improper information disclosure can lead to the loss of employment, housing, access to health care, and social support for SGM due to outing. This study asks, “Are LIS programs preparing their students to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ patrons and stakeholders from a policy perspective in the workplace?” It will answer that question with a mixed-methods study, including a survey of LIS faculty, a content analysis of ALA-approved masters programs’ learning outcomes and syllabi, a document analysis of the privacy policies of a purposive sample of libraries, and interviews with library employers. 

Feels Like Begging: First-Generation Online Graduate Students in Library and Information Science

Co-PIs: Dr. Anthony Bernier and Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran 
Funding Agency:  SJSU Level-Up Grant. 
Funding Amount: $20,140
Funding Period: 2021-2022

Summary: What can the experiences of first-generation students (FGS) in online masters programs teach us about improving student success? Dr. Bernier and Dr. Villagran will use the SJSU Level Up Grant to produce a competitive project prospectus potentially leading to an IMLS invitation to submit a full proposal for its Research in Service to Practice Grant in response to a new question relevant to the experiences of First Generation Students in online LIS programs.

Integrating Immigrants into the LIS Workforce: A Pilot, Collaborative Project  

PI: Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran (with Co-PI Dr. Ana Ndumu from University of Maryland, College Park) 
Funding Agency:  Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)  
Funding Amount: $750
Funding Period: 2020-2021

Summary: The REFORMA Education Committee is partnering with the REFORMA Mid-Atlantic Chapter and Prince George’s Public Library System on a one-year pilot project to introduce refugees and immigrants to the library professions through a self-paced mini-course. Funding supports a collaboration to develop the course and then encourage participation among up to five immigrant or refugee adults who seek to apply their skills to the U.S. workforce. This project advances the ALISE Community Conn@CT mini-grant’s mission of connecting with social justice organizations to create innovative solutions. In addition, it presents an avenue for increasing ethnic and racial diversity in the library field.

Native American Community Anchors: TV Whitespaces for Tribal Connectivity, Equity, and Inclusion

PI: Dr. Kristen Rebmann
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $249,882
Funding Period: 2018-2021

Summary: San Jose State University’s School of Information, the Tribal Libraries Program of the New Mexico State Library, the New Mexico State Department of Information Technology Office of Broadband & Geospatial Initiatives, the Gigabit Libraries Network, and the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Department of Computer Science will collaborate with tribal libraries across New Mexico to explore dramatically improving tribal internet connectivity, equity, and inclusion through the design and implementation of several TV Whitespace (TVWS) networks statewide. The project will address challenges associated with Native American digital access and inclusion through a four-part work plan involving professional development, technology implementation via a subaward program, evaluation research, and model development/dissemination.

National Forum on the Assessment of Scholarly Communication Programs

Partner: Dr. Lili Luo
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $149,384
Funding Period: 2019-2021

Summary: Dr. Luo Lili joins the IMLS grant project titled  “National Forum on the Assessment of Scholarly Communication Programs” as an evaluator. Her role is to provide methodological expertise in the data gathering and analysis for the project. With the support of the grant, the Sacramento State University Library, in collaboration with the San Jose State University Library, will hold a two-day forum that will focus on standards and best practices in evaluating scholarly communications programs at large master’s degree-granting public universities. Forum attendees will include experts from library assessment, who may have experience in scholarly communication, to present and lead discussions on how existing assessment techniques can be implemented for scholarly communication services. The forum will result in a report with recommendations for standards and a comprehensive set of best practices in assessing the range of services that comprise a scholarly communication program.

CSU Commission on the Extended University/Innovation Grant for MS in Informatics Degree

PI: Dr. Sandy Hirsh
Funding Agency: California State University Commission on the Extended University/Innovation Grant
Funding Amount: $50,000
Funding Period: 2019-2021

Summary: This grant funding is to assist in the development of the fully-online Master of Science in Informatics degree at SJSU offered in Fall 2019 through a self-support model. The development grant was intended to help fund course development stipends, marketing activities, student assistant salaries, and software licenses to create a robust, high-quality program. 


Completed Projects

Recasting First Generation Student Experience for LIS Success

PI: Dr. Anthony Bernier
Funding Agency: ALISE Research Grant
Funding Amount: $5,000
Funding Period: 2019-2020