Projects and Research

Funded Research Projects

2022-Present      Library, AI, and Data Driven Education and Research (LADDER), IMLS, Co-PI. Project is to create future iSchool faculty highly skilled in data science and AI with a strong connection to the library field. Each year, the three PIs and three doctoral students will collaborate with librarians, rotating across three library contexts: Austin Public Library, Navarro High School Library, and UT libraries to co-designed data and AI centric projects. $623,501

2021-2023      Evaluation of LSTA program at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TSLAC. PI. Conducted an evaluation of the Library Service and Technology Act programs and funding at the Texas state library with Kim Silk. Prepared assessment training and conducted research into the need for professional development in rural and tribal Texas areas. $100,000

2021-2022          New Librarianship Symposia, IMLS and Others. Organizer. Convened an international series of symposia on the issues of post-neutrality librarianship; diversity, equity, and inclusion; cross-border connections; and a post-COVID new normal agenda. The New Librarianship Symposium Series was sponsored by the University of South Carolina, MIT Press, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, the U.S. Library of Congress, the British Library, KB National Library of the Netherlands, OCLC, URFIST de Bordeaux, Enssib, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the American Indian Library Association, the University of Texas at Austin Bowden Folio, and Gigabit Libraries Network. $35,000

2020-2022      NEWCOMER: Building a Network Community Centered Librarianship, Erasmus+ European Union. Project Lead. Build a network of librarians from Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands to exchange best practice in community librarianship focused on inclusion and adult education. $137,798 (€117,250)

2017-2021      Library Scholars, Various. Principal Investigator. Built school library cohort programs with South Carolina School districts to transition classroom teachers to school librarians. $800,000

2017-2018          A Community Based Literacy Solution, Hearst Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator. Studied increasing literacy through a community approach that brought together teachers, literacy specialists, librarians (school and public), community leaders, and community government. $100,000

2015-2016          Community as Collection: Building the Community Profile System, IMLS. Co-Principal Investigator. A three-year investigation into building a community profile system to allow libraries to better connect to community expertise. $281,000

2015-2018      Expect More Collaboratory, Various. Principal Investigator. A two-year collaborative effort to develop advocacy and training materials for librarians and libraries based on the Expect More book. $63,000

2014-2016          Design On Learning: 21st Century Online Learning For Library Workers, IMLS. Co-Principal Investigator. A three-year continuing education (CE) development and implementation partnership project among South Central Regional Library Council, Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. Design on Learning will 1) enable librarian-trainer participants to successfully transfer their in-person teaching skills/pedagogy to the online environment; 2) enable librarian-trainers to evaluate and gain experience with various delivery platforms; and 3) teach library workers to learn effectively in the online environment.

2012-2015          Project ILEAD USA, IMLS. Chair of the Instructor Corps. A three-year continuing education initiative that directly addresses the need to expand librarians’ leadership abilities to use participatory technology to effectively engage their libraries’ constituents. The primary goals of this project are 1) to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools, and 2) the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program. $470,000

2012-2013          Cyber Security and Information Systems, U.S. Department of Defense. Researcher. Assist Quanterion, as it operates the CSIAC, in developing a community of practice platform. $307,000

2012-2014          Developing the Salzburg Curriculum, IMLS and The Global Salzburg Seminar. Principal Investigator. Develop a high-level curriculum framework for librarians and museum professionals and then map it to relevant curricula and standards. $10,000

2010-2012          DACS – Digital Library Research, U.S. Department of Defense. Principal Investigator for Digital Library Portion. Assist Quanterion, as it operates the DACS, in identifying, recommending, and applying technologies and techniques, particularly automated techniques, for efficiently identifying, collecting, cataloging, and aggregating electronic information resources in targeted focal software related technology areas. $646,844

2010-2011          Reference Extract, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator. First phase of development for Reference Extract, a credibility engine, allowing users to embed the credibility judgments of librarians worldwide into their applications. $350,000

2009-2012          Project ILEAD U, IMLS. Chair of the Instructor Corps. A three-year continuing education initiative that directly addresses the need to expand librarians’ leadership abilities to use participatory technology to effectively engage their libraries’ constituents. The primary goals of this project are 1) to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools, and 2) the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program. $418,658

2008-2009          Reference Extract Planning Grant, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Principal Investigator. Investigated and developed a business plan and technical architecture for a general-purpose search engine built around credible communities (initially reference librarians). $97,428

2008                 Future of Libraries, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Consultant. Prepared a report on the area of libraries and their future evolution. $2,500

2008-2011          CI-Facilitators: Accelerating Knowledge Development and Collaboration across the STEM Disciplines, NSF. Co-Principal Investigator. Developing a curriculum to train cyber-infrastructure facilitators to aid in the adoption of technologies to further e-science. $239,945

2007-2010          A Virtual Learning Laboratory for Digital Reference: Transforming the Internet Public Library, IMLS. Consultant. Enhancing the Internet Public Library to make digital reference learning objects available to faculty in all ALA-accredited LIS programs, provide a laboratory with access to new technologies used to offer digital reference and digital library services and create a collaborative learning community for faculty, students and working librarians. $613,478

2006-2008          Exploring the Social Internet, American Library Association, Principal Investigator. Researching and writing a detailed technology brief on the topic of the social Internet. The brief will put an emphasis on interactive and social web applications such as blogs, social networks, and include a survey of the general “Web 2.0” and “Library 2.0 ” development world. $12,000

2006-2008          Credibility Commons, MacArthur Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator. The Credibility Commons is an experimental environment enabling individuals the opportunity to try out different approaches to improving access to credible information on the World Wide Web. Tools will be provided to researchers as well as the public, allowing them to try out search strategies, collections and other approaches to improving access to credible information. The Commons can be viewed as a collaborative space in which to share ideas, data sets, results and innovations. This project is sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation who is deeply invested in improving access to credible information on the World Wide Web. $250,000

2004-2006          National Research Study on the Future of Librarians in the Workforce, IMLS. Co-Principal Investigator. Joined with the University of North Caroline (lead) to identify the nature of anticipated labor shortages in the library and information science (LIS) field over the next decade; assessed the number and types of library and information science jobs that will become available in the U.S. either through retirement or new job creation; determined the skills that will be required to fill such vacancies; and recommended effective approaches to recruiting and retaining workers to fill them. $1,000,000

2003-2006          Digital Reference Education Initiative, IMLS. Co-Principal Investigator. Implemented an international effort to define core competencies in reference and built web-based resources to advance and educate the reference community. $250,000

2002-2006          National Science Digital Library: Core Integration, NSF. Principal Investigator for Virtual Reference Desk Portion. Implemented, maintained and improved a distributed expert/support component of the NSDL. With Cornell University, UCAR, Columbia University, University of Massachusetts Amherst. $1,200,000 (Syracuse University Portion)

2002-2004          Question Triage for Experts and Documents: Expanding the Information Retrieval Function of the NSDL, NSF. Co-Principal Investigator. Merged digital triage system with NSDL information retrieval system. With Bruce Croft, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Matt Koll, Wondir Foundation. $350,000

2002-2005          Education Digital Library Initiative, U.S. Department of Education. Principal Investigator. Operated and Improved the Virtual Reference Desk project and the Gateway to Educational Materials projects. $5,000,000

2002                 Digital Reference Research Symposium, National Library of Canada, ACRL, Harvard, Library of Congress, OCLC. Principal Investigator and Organizer. Organized a research symposium to develop an international research agenda in digital reference. $35,000

2001-2003          Integrating Expertise into the NSDL: Putting a Human Face on the Digital Library, NSF. Principal Investigator. Created a distributed virtual reference desk for the NSF’s NSDL program. $350,000

2001-2002          Assessing Quality in Digital Reference Services, OCLC. Co-Principal Investigator with Charles McClure to develop quality assessment techniques and standards. $150,000

2000-2001          Agile Collaboration Environments (ACE) for Systems Synthesis in Engineering Education, NASA. Contributor to a proposal to NASA for an advanced training environment for engineers and K-12 students. Partners included School of Engineering and Cornell University. $1,000,000

2000-2003          Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology. Consultant. Worked with the Syracuse University School of Education on implementing projects to increase technology use of School of Education faculty. $500,000

2000                 Department of Education Referral Tool, U.S. Department of Education. Principal Investigator. Worked with the Department of Education to develop specifications and policies for a department-wide referral tool to improve customer service. $60,000

1999-2000          MCI/WorldCom MarcoPolo Search Engine. Principle Investigator. A contract with MCIWorldCom to create a cross-site search system for the MarcoPolo project. Included cataloging nearly 7,000 records as well as systems development, network discovery and information retrieval, and interface research. $250,000

1998-2003          ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. Principal Investigator and director of ERIC/IT. A U.S. Department of Education sponsored clearinghouse that collects, indexes, abstracts and distributes information related to library and information science and educational technology. $5,000,000

1997-2002          Virtual Reference Desk, National Library of Education. Principal Investigator on a study to improve Internet reference services. [Later Education Digital Library Initiative] $1,200,000

1996-2002          Gateway to Educational Materials, Federal Dept. of Education. Participated in a standards and cataloging project for Internet-based lesson plans. [Later Education Digital Library Initiative] $5,000,000

1996-1999          KidsConnect, AASL. Assisted in ongoing work with the K-12 digital reference project. $200,000

1996-1998          AskLN, AT&T. Co-Principal Investigator on a planning grant for AT&T’s Learning Network mentoring service. $250,000

1992-2003          AskERIC, U.S. Department of Education. Co-created an Internet service that sought to provide high quality education information to front-line educators through electronic networks.

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