SLIS Receives IMLS Grant for "Linked Data for Professional Education (LD4PE)" Project
Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) received a $72,075 sub-grant for the Linked Data for Professional Education (LD4PE) project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Studies (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries, under the category of “Advancing Digital Resources."
Kent State’s portion is part of an overall $250,000 award shared with the University of Washington (lead) to advance library and archives practice by addressing challenges in the field and by testing and evaluating innovations. Other partners include Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), Sungkyunkwan University Institute of Information and Management (Korea), OCLC, Elsevier, Access Innovations, and Synaptica.
With this grant, the University of Washington will lead the development of an “online Linked Data Exploratorium to provide students, professionals, and instructors in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) field with structured access to learning resources about Linked Data technology. Learning resources elucidating specific professional competencies will be described and indexed according to skills and knowledge, and will be clustered for discovery,” according to a press release from the university.
At Kent State, the grant will fund a research assistant position from Fall 2014 to Fall 2016 to work under the supervision of SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., to identify and maintain a pool of interested Linked Data learning objects, create metadata descriptions, design and test workflow for Microtutorials, and test and improve the interface for accessing Microtutorials via Learning Objectives.
“Libraries are changing to meet the evolving learning, social, and informational landscapes of their communities. These grants reflect truly creative thinking by library and archive professionals—along with their university, professional association, and local government partners—that will ensure the continued role of libraries as community anchors for generations to come,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth.
National Leadership Grants for Libraries supports projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields. Successful projects have the potential to improve library services nationwide. Grantees generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. The projects were selected from 212 applications, requesting more than $14.6 million and matched with $7,154,135 in non-federal funds. IMLS awarded grants for 51 library projects, totaling $9,292,441.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.
The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University offers a Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) and Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM). In addition, the school participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the College of Communication and Information. With more than 700 students enrolled, SLIS has the largest graduate program at Kent State. Its M.L.I.S. is the only American Library Association-accredited master’s program in Ohio, and is recognized by U.S. News and World Report among the nation’s top 20 LIS programs, with a youth services program that is ranked 10th. For more information, visit www.kent.edu/slis.