Call for Proposals

Faculty Research Sprints, sponsored by the University Libraries, offer faculty the opportunity to partner with a team of expert librarians on a specific project, or component of a broader project. Sprints differ from one-time consultations in their timing and depth of interaction. The intent is for the entire team—faculty and librarians—to work without distractions to produce a tangible product or outcome.

Potential project areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Archival research
  • Data and metadata creation, management, analysis, and preservation
  • Digital scholarship project development (GIS mapping, data visualization, etc.)
  • Grant proposals
  • Open educational resource creation (open textbooks, teaching videos, etc.)
  • Pedagogy and instructional design (course assignment redesign, learning objects, etc.)
  • Publication proposal or journal creation
  • Literature and scoping reviews or annotated bibliographies


May 20 - 23, 2019
9:00am - 4:30pm every day
Wilson Library Collaboration Studio

Celebratory Gathering, May 23, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Learn More

University Libraries will host an Information Session on the Faculty Research Sprints from 1:30 - 2:30pm on February 14 in 320 Walter Library. Interested faculty are invited to attend to learn more about the program, discuss the application process, and share their project ideas with each other. To RSVP, please email Sarah Jane Brown (

Couldn't make it to the Information Session? Check out the presentation slides!


Eligibility is limited to tenured, tenure-track, or clinical faculty members at the University of Minnesota. The expectation is that the faculty members will be present for the entire duration of the Sprints, although they are welcome to invite graduate students to participate on teams.


Proposals should be for a project that can be completed in the one-week timeframe. We will work to match faculty members with the appropriate areas of expertise from across the UL in alignment with the needs of the project. Acceptance will be determined by the justification for and feasibility of the project, as well as the availability of library resources and staff to contribute to the project.  Applications are due on February 28, 2019.

Apply to participate in the Faculty Research Sprints

What are examples of sprint projects? 

Libraries piloted the research sprint in May, 2017 with seven faculty members--their projects are below.  Sprints can include but are not limited to: data management planning, workflow and collaboration design, strategic literature searching or scoping reviews, and digital scholarship work such as visual storytelling or GIS mapping.

Karen Mary Davalos, Chicano & Latino Studies

Kate Derickson, Geography

  • Goal: Discover and evaluate government and archival data about Gullah/Geechee people of the Southeastern United States, and explore grant options
  • End Product: Identified and cataloged government data, surveyor records, maps, and archival materials on the historical relationship between the state and the Gullah/Geechee people
  • Libraries team: Caitlin Bakker, Melinda Kernik, Alicia Kubas, Benjamin Wiggins
  • Consulting: Linnea Anderson & Dorothy Berry

Karen Donohue, Carlson School of Management

Colleen Fisher, Social Work

Greta Friedemann-Sanchez, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • Goal:  Discover literature relating to the COLPAZ: Mediation and Restorative Justice Procedures in Domestic Violence project evaluating the implementation of Colombia’s 2008 intimate partner violence law
  • End Product: Interdisciplinary & bilingual bibliography of literature & resources (EndNote), Search guides by subject:  Archives, Psychology, Public Affairs, Typologies and Conjoint Therapy, & Women’s Studies/Social Sciences
  • Libraries team: Linnea Anderson, Kim Clarke, Jenny McBurney, Amy Riegelman, Mary Schoenborn
  • Consulting: Loren Turner

Richard Graff, Writing Studies

  • Goal: Preserve and share career-spanning research project “Greek Rhetoric in Situ”, which includes decades of work and massive files
  • End Products: Built a dynamic website to showcase research, Deposit 3D and other multimedia files into the University Digital Conservancy
  • Libraries team: John Barneson, Valerie Collins, Jennifer Hootman, Erik Moore, Shane Nackerud

Richard Graves, Architecture

  • Goal: Create a map of the hidden & lost waters that lie below the Twin Cities
  • End Product: Literature search and map of the rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands based on land surveys that date back to pre-1900 which will be submitted to DRUM and ArcGIS Online
  • Libraries team: Shanda Hunt, Melinda Kernik, Len Kne, Erik Moore, Megan Kocher, Ryan Mattke


Please contact Sarah Jane Brown at or 612-625-3159


Apply to participate in the Faculty Research Sprints