CIRI Faculty Grant Projects

Overview

Faculty Grant Projects

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: 2018-2020

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. 

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

Summary: This research project will further a previous investigation on how library and information science (LIS) in general, and SJSU iSchool in particular, can better prepare first generation professionals to thrive both at school and in practice.  This competitive grant was awarded on the basis of its potential for LIS education, the significance of the project, Dr. Bernier’s demonstrated qualifications, and the overall project design. 

Debating Diversity: How Twitter Facilitates Professional Discussions

PI: Dr. Deborah Hicks 
Funding Agency: San Jose State University RSCA Grant Program
Funding Amount: $5,000
Funding Period: 2019-2020

Summary: Discussions about diversity and what it means for librarianship have been ongoing for decades. There is little doubt that librarianship is committed to diversity as a core value; however, recent debates have highlighted a disagreement among librarians about how this core value should be interpreted. This disagreement came to a head in 2018 in response to the ALA’s revision of “Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.” The revised interpretation included hate groups amongst the groups libraries could not exclude from using library meeting spaces. Librarians took to Twitter to debate the revisions, with their conversations coalescing around the hashtags #NoHateALA and #IStandWithALA. The debate highlighted not only the power of Twitter as a platform for professional discussions, but also how librarians understand their core values. This project will use these debates as a case study to examine how librarians negotiate the collective meaning of their core values. A discourse analysis and social network analysis will be performed, alongside interviews with stakeholders, to examine the professional discourses and relationships that arose during the controversy. The aims of this project are: To explore librarians’ evolving understanding of their core values of diversity and intellectual freedom; and, to understand how librarians use Twitter to debate and discuss issues important to the profession. 

Examining the Cultural Intelligence of Academic Law Librarians

PI: Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
Funding Agency: AALL Academic Law Libraries SIS Research & Scholarship Grant
Funding Amount: $2,000
Funding Period: 2019-2020

Summary: The mixed-methods research analyzes the cultural intelligence of academic law librarians. It is a timely effort with the new AALL Body of Knowledge (BoK) to expand this research to examine all types of law librarians with this research focused on academia due to aspects such as artificial intelligence, OER, data science and analytics which are impacting the profession. This research supports both the spirit and the practical application of at least three of the AALL Body of Knowledge Domains (professionalism + leadership, teaching + training, and marketing + outreach). To date, the researcher is the only individual who has contributed empirically to the literature on this topic as it applies to law librarians and law libraries. The target population for this study is academic law librarians who currently work in an academic law library with the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section as the basis for invitation to participate in this research.

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: 2018-2020

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 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. Read more here.

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Completed Projects

Libraries Leading in Digital Inclusion and Disaster Response via TV WhiteSpace Wireless Connections

PI: Dr. Kristen Rebmann
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $249,998
Funding Period: 2016-2019