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
• 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: www.oclc.org/research/grants/awarded.htm.
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
• Describe outcomes or outputs of the research, such as Submit proposals electronically via the online form, available
papers, presentations, or publications including venues at www.oclc.org/research/grants/alise.aspx.
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
www.oclc.org/research/feedback/ 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 www.oclc.org/research/grants/call.htm 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
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:
www.oclc.org/research/grants/appchecklist.pdf 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 www.worldcat.org. For more
information, visit www.oclc.org.
• Briefly notes dissemination plans.
Additional information about OCLC Research is available at
• Displays double-spaced lines with a minimum of .5” www.oclc.org/research/.
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. www.alise.org.
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 www.oclc.org/research/grants/call.pdf (.pdf: 62K/2
Updated 4 April 2011