Dr. Roy awarded $488K to help veterans become librarians

Ferguson, John  |  May 04, 2017

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Texas iSchool Professor Loriene Roy has received a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help U.S. veterans become librarians.

In partnership with San José State University and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Dr. Roy will use the $488,501 IMLS grant to conduct a three-year project titled “Reaching Those Who Served: Recruiting and Preparing Military Veterans for Careers in Librarianship.”

The project aims to answer two research questions:

  • How do military veterans choose careers in librarianship and information studies?
  • What are effective strategies to recruit veterans into LIS graduate programs?

Jobs in the information fields share characteristics of a number of “hot jobs” for military veterans, Dr. Roy said. Such careers include IT specialist, math or science teacher and civilian public servant.

Based on the findings of their research, she and her partners will develop guidelines and strategies for recruiting veterans to library and information science master’s programs, among related initiatives. The project will also provide scholarships for 12 military veterans to attend LIS master’s programs.

“Reaching Those Who Served” was one of 14 projects selected from a field of 58 applications.

The project builds on Dr. Roy’s earlier work with organizations such as the Austin-based nonprofit group SongwritingWith:Soldiers. In 2014 she received a one-year, $50,000 grant from IMLS to plan for “Reaching Those Who Served.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to extend our understanding of how libraries work with military veterans,” Dr. Roy said. “This time we are admitting veterans into master’s programs and studying approaches to recruiting veterans into the information professions.”

For more information, contact Dr. Roy at loriene@ischool.utexas.edu.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a 3-year (2017-2020) grant {RE-96-17-0018-17].

Digital humanities research initiative in works

Ferguson, John  |  Aug 15, 2016

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Tanya Clement
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A team of researchers from the School of Information, College of Liberal Arts and UT Libraries is planning a new digital humanities research initiative at UT Austin.

Led by iSchool Assistant Professor Tanya Clement, the DH@UT Pop-Up Institute will harness expertise and resources from across campus to build a digital humanities ecosystem for innovative research in the liberal arts.

Digital research in the humanities examines the cultural impact of new media and information technology and uses that technology to answer research questions. The DH@UT Pop-Up Institute will consist of a national digital humanities training institute open to both UT and external participants, followed by an intensive planning session carried out by an interdisciplinary group of UT staff and faculty, with consultation by recognized experts in the construction and maintenance of digital humanities infrastructure.

DH@UT is one of the three interdisciplinary initiatives announced by UT’s Office of the Vice President for Research in August. Pop-Up Institutes are a campus-wide research initiative designed to address specific research goals. Multidisciplinary teams at UT Austin will spend the upcoming academic year preparing for a burst of activity focused on a specific area of research. These Institutes will then “pop up” for one month—longer than an academic conference, but less than a dedicated research center or program.

“This novel approach gives distinguished researchers the time and space to work together outside of traditional disciplines and think about an important problem in a new way,” said Dan Jaffe, vice president for research at UT Austin. “I am confident we will see remarkable results and build new connections across campus.”

The Office of the Vice President for Research will host a town hall meeting to introduce the Institutes and their team members on Sept. 15. The event is open to the UT community and will provide campus researchers an opportunity to contribute their perspectives to the new institutes.

MSIS Student Alia Gant Awarded 2014-2016 ARL Diversity Scholar

Oct 09, 2014

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iSchool Masters student, Alia Gant, has been selected as one of 13 MLIS/MSIS Diversity Scholars for 2014-2016. The Diversity Scholars program is part of the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

Alia's interest in the field of library and information studies was sparked at the University of Iowa, where she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for a professor working on two books. Her academic research utilizing a variety of databases, periodicals, and other library resources fueled an interest in learning more about the field. Now as a first-year student in the MSIS program, Alia is interested in pursuing many facets of the field including reference services in government and international studies, as well as preservation and digitization.

As a Diversity Scholar, Alia, will receive mentoring from an ARL librarian or library professional, a tuition stipend, a trip to the ARL Leadership Symposium, a visit to Purdue University Libraries, and other unique leadership, development, and professional association opportunities.

"I think the library in itself represents a diverse collection of materials varying from so many subject matters and the same should reflect for librarian professionals - including individuals from different ethnicities, age groups, areas of expertise, professional backgrounds, general interests, and much more", said Gant. "In recent years there have been initiatives from libraries, as well as many library and information organizations, to ensure that there is diversity among library professionals. I think these initiatives are great and really illustrate our national and international community."

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