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					    OCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Research Grant Program (LISRGP)
                                                 2012 Call for Proposals
    OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated and OCLC Research, in collaboration with the Association for
    Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), announce the Library and Information Science Research Grant
                                     Program (LISRGP) for 2012 and invite research proposals.

Program description                                                 Proposal review procedures
In recognition of the importance of research to the                 Proposals are evaluated by a panel selected by OCLC and
advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC          ALISE. Occasionally, proposals may be distributed to
and ALISE promote independent research that helps integrate         additional expert reviewers selected by OCLC and ALISE who
new technologies that offer innovative approaches and               may advise the panel. The panel's recommendations are
contributes to a better understanding of the information            forwarded to the vice president of OCLC Research, for final
environment and user expectations and behaviors.                    review and funding decisions. The decisions of the vice
                                                                    president of OCLC Research are final.
Research related (but not limited) to the following areas is
encouraged:                                                         Reviewers consider the following criteria, among others, when
                                                                    evaluating proposals:
• Impact of digital technology on libraries, museums, and
     archives                                                       • Does the proposal meet the submission criteria as laid out
• Social media, learning, and information-seeking behavior              in this Call for Proposals? Proposals not meeting these
• New developments in knowledge organization (metadata,                 criteria will not be further evaluated and will not be
     social tagging, linked data, etc.)                                 funded. This includes length of proposal, margin and font-
                                                                        size specifications, presence of requested signatures,
                                                                        eligibility of requesting institution, presence of budget and
Eligibility                                                             description of role of all investigators.
Full-time academic faculty in schools of library and                •   Is the project clearly described, is the problem well
information science or related fields are eligible to apply.            defined, and the research objectives clearly stated?
OCLC and ALISE encourage international proposals and                •   Is the project designed to be successfully completed
collaborative projects under this program. To aid new                   within one year?
researchers, priority will be given when possible to proposals      •   Is there sufficient review of relevant literature?
from junior faculty and applicants who have not previously          •   Is the proposed methodology appropriate and are the
received LISRGP funds. Proposals must be signed by the
                                                                        investigative procedures clearly explained?
principal investigator, by the dean/director (or equivalent) of
the school, and by an authorized official of the university.        •   What is the significance of the proposed research to the
                                                                        library and information science community?
                                                                    •   Are sufficient resources and expertise available?
Application deadline                                                •   Is there institutional commitment to support the project?
Applications must be submitted by 23:59:59 your local time
on 15 September 2011. Receipt will be acknowledged. Late
applications will be disqualified. Grant recipients will be         Project duration
notified by the end of December 2011 and announced                  LISRGP-supported projects will be conducted within one year
at the 2012 ALISE Annual Conference, 17-20 January                  from the date of the award in January 2012.
2012, in Dallas, Texas. Previous recipients and final papers
are available at:
                                                                    When a decision to award a grant has been made, a research
                                                                    project liaison is assigned by OCLC Research. The liaison
Project funding                                                     serves as the point of contact for the LISRGP recipient during
The LISRGP provides grant awards of up to $15,000 for a             the duration of the project.
one-year research project. Monies can be applied to the
following costs:                                                    Dissemination of findings
•    Release time from teaching for the principal investigator      As a condition of the grant, researchers must furnish OCLC a
•    Research assistants                                            final project report in Microsoft Word format within 60 days of
                                                                    the completion date indicated on the proposal cover page.
•    Project-related travel                                         The results of the research must be nonproprietary and in the
•    Required attendance and presentation of research results       public domain. OCLC and ALISE may elect to publish and
     at the 2013 ALISE Conference                                   distribute all or portions of the report without restriction. The
                                                                    final project report will be available on the OCLC Research
• Equipment, if integral to the research                            Web site. Presentation of research results at the 2013 ALISE
                                                                    Conference is required.
• Other research expenses
                                                                    The report should:
Staff training, general operating or overhead expenses, and
other indirect costs are not funded. Guarantees of cost             • Explain why the research is innovative in the context of
sharing are not required, although institutional support of             current related research.
projects is anticipated. All costs must be clearly defined in the
budget portion of the proposal. Capital equipment cost should
                                                                    • Describe the scope and methodology employed for the
be prorated if the useful life of the equipment extends beyond          research, including completed phases of the research with
the end of the project.                                                 dates.

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• Explain the analyses and discuss the findings of the
                                                                   Submitting proposals
• Describe outcomes or outputs of the research, such as            Submit proposals electronically via the online form, available
     papers, presentations, or publications including venues       at
     and dates.                                                    The deadline for submission is 23:59:59 your local time
• Suggest future research based on the results of the              on 15 September 2011.
     project.                                                      Contact OCLC Research via the online link at
                                                          for questions or clarifications.
• Include a budget report.                                         These must be resolved prior to 18:00:00 US-EDT on 15
                                                                   September 2011. Submit proposals in PDF (preferred) or
If a paper describing the research methodology and findings        Microsoft Word format. See
is accepted for publication in a journal, a cover letter briefly for details.
explaining the research outcomes and a pre-print of the
                                                                   1.   Scan paper documents and convert digital files as
published paper, or a link to the network-accessible journal,
must be submitted to OCLC Research for inclusion on the Web
site. Researchers must include, or cause to be included,                 o    Submit proposals in PDF or Microsoft Word.
recognition of the OCLC/ALISE LISRGP grant in all                  2.   Verify the completeness of your application by using the
publications of research results from the LISRGP-funded                 checkboxes on the online submission form, available at:
                                                                        o    Recall that applications must not exceed 20 pages,
Submission criteria                                                          including cover page, proposal, budget and any
                                                                             supporting materials.
To apply, complete and submit the items listed below. (A
printable checklist (.pdf: 25K/1 p.) is available online at        3.   Attach the following items to the online checklist page: to assist you             o    Signed and scanned cover page
in assembling your application package.)                                o    Proposal
1.   OCLC/ALISE LISRGP proposal cover page. The principal               o    Supporting materials
     investigator, dean/director (or equivalent) of the school,
     and an authorized official of the university must sign the    4.   Submit your application electronically by clicking the
     proposal cover page. The cover page is available online            button at the bottom of the checklist.
     (.pdf: 37K/1p.).                                              About the sponsors
2.   A research proposal that:                                     Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
     • Describes the nature, scope, and method of the              is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and
         proposed research.                                        research organization dedicated to the public purposes of
                                                                   furthering access to the world's information and reducing
     • Explains why the research is innovative through             library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and
         reference to current related research reported in the     territories have used OCLC services to locate, acquire,
         literature.                                               catalog, lend, preserve, and manage library materials.
     • Proposes the anticipated significance of the research       Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional
         to library and information science.                       librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to
                                                                   obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when
     • Identifies methods that will be used to measure the         and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries
         success of the project.                                   cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s
     • Suggests future research based on the anticipated           largest online database for discovery of library resources.
         results of the project.                                   Search WorldCat on the Web at For more
                                                                   information, visit
     • Briefly notes dissemination plans.
                                                                   Additional information about OCLC Research is available at
     • Displays double-spaced lines with a minimum of .5”
         margins and a font size of at least 10 points.
                                                                   ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science
3.   Detailed budget in US dollars that clearly identifies the     Education) is a non-profit organization that serves as the
     funding requested and identifies institutional cost           intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in
     sharing. Equipment and travel (other than the required        library and information science in North America. Its mission
     travel to the 2013 ALISE Conference) must be explicitly       is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service
     justified.                                                    and to provide an understanding of the values and ethos of
4.   Additional supporting materials such as curricula vitae of    library and information science. ALISE serves 500 individual
     project staff, bibliography, project schedule, letters of     members and more than 60 institutional members, primarily
     support. The role and contribution of all investigators       in the United States and Canada.
     should be clearly specified.
5.   The cover page, proposal, budget and any supporting           Spread the word!
     materials must not exceed 20 pages.
                                                                   Please share this call with your colleagues. It is available
                                                                   online at (.pdf: 62K/2

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