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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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
- Goal: Design a framework for a relational database and digital archive to support research on Mexican American Art since 1848
- End Products: Relational database in Elevator, Metadata schema, Qualtrics survey for research on museum’s metadata practices around Mexican-American art, Gantt chart and long-term project plan in Asana
- Libraries team: Sarah Carlson, Stephen Hearn, Jennifer Hootman, Lindsay Keating, Cecily Marcus, Colin McFadden, Jason Roy, Deborah Ultan, and Benjamin Wiggins
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
- Goal: Create a secondary research tool for the Masters in Supply Chain Management program’s capstone class
- End Product: Designed a “choose your own adventure”-style website with Drupal Lite, currently being used for the summer course
- Libraries team: Kristi Jensen, Caroline Lilyard, Lindsay Matts-Benson, Jenny McBurney, Andrew Palahniuk, Mary Schoenborn
- Consulting: Shane Nackerud
Colleen Fisher, Social Work
- Goal: Experiment with different ways to disseminate her research to the public, the populations she studies, and practitioners who do not have access to scholarly works
- End Products: Twittergraphic, Infographic, Map, Website
- Libraries team: Jan Fransen, Jennifer Hootman, Shanda Hunt, Scott Marsalis, Shane Nackerud, Benjamin Wiggins
- Consulting: Melinda Kernik, Valerie Collins, Emma Molls, Carolyn Bishoff, John Barneson, and Len Kne
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