Library as Research Lab

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Date & Time
April 26, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
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Twelve U-M School of Information (UMSI) students, two UMSI faculty members, and eight librarians in the U-M Library have engaged in research projects to measure the library’s impact on student learning, research, and scholarship, and to redesign library services to accommodate changes in higher education. Come find out more about this research at the Library as Research Lab Poster Session.

All attendees will have opportunities to learn about how to apply diverse research methods to library practices and engage in conversations about future research directions.

Refreshments will be served.


About the Library as Research Lab Project

Through the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) grant (#RE-95-17-0104-17), “Library as Research Lab: Immersive Research Education and Engagement for LIS Students and Library Professionals,” UMSI and the University of Michigan Library have created three research labs in which MSI students and librarians learn how to apply evidence-based approaches to library practices.

The Student Learning Lab members collect empirical data to assess how well library resources, services, and spaces contribute to student learning.  

The Research and Scholarship Lab members investigate how to support research and scholarship by faculty and students throughout the research lifecycle.

The Design Thinking for Services Lab members apply the processes of problem definition, brainstorming, researching, prototyping, and feedback to current and future challenges of redesigning library services.

This project will be continued until 2020, providing fellowships to 30 MSI students in total.

Additional Infomation

Library Contact
Bridget Kennedy
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