Using Hands-on Workshops to Promote Literacy in Data Science

Sponsor: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region
Award Amount: $9,500
Duration: October 2018 - April 2019

Contact: Sara Mannheimer, Data Librarian
Phone:
(406) 994-3361
Email:
sara.mannheimer@montana.edu

Synopsis: Despite the growing predominance of data-intensive research, many students do not receive formal training in data management and computational data analysis. The available training resources are primarily targeted toward researchers, not students. It is therefore imperative to develop and administer workshops that raise the computational competencies of undergraduate and graduate students, specifically addressing skills necessary to succeed in data-intensive scientific research. This suite of workshops will provide students at Montana State University with a basic understanding of coding, with introductions to data processing, visualization, and analysis. Introductory and intermediate R workshops will be offered at the beginning of each semester. Workshops on data visualization in R and data wrangling in R will be developing in Fall 2018 and offered in Spring 2019. In order to broaden the impact of these workshops to a wider audience, curriculum materials and workshop recordings will be published with Creative Commons licenses in MSU ScholarWorks, MSU’s open access institutional repository; the MSU ScholarWorks links will be further distributed via a landing page on the Library website, designed by MSU Creative Services.


Data-Driven Improvement to Institutional Repository Discoverability and Use

Sponsor: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Award Amount: $50,000
Duration: October 2018 - October 2019

Contact: Kenning Arlitsch, Dean of the Library
Phone:
(406) 994-6978
Email:
kenning.arlitsch@montana.edu

Synopsis: With this Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its National Leadership Grant program under its National Digital Platform project category, the Montana State University (MSU) Library, in partnership with the MSU School of Computing, the University of New Mexico Library, and DuraSpace, will develop a sustainability plan for the Repositories Analytics & Metrics Portal (RAMP) that will keep its dataset open and available to all researchers. This grant will also fund the development of a preliminary institutional repositories (IR) reporting model; a search engine optimization (SEO) audit and remediation plan for IR; and explore whether machine learning can improve the quality of IR content metadata. The project team expects work conducted in this planning grant to make the case for advanced research projects that will be high-impact and worthy of funding.

Please view the full grant narrative [PDF] for additional information about Data-Driven Improvement to Institutional Repository Discoverability and Use.


A Prototype for an Institutional Research Data Index

Sponsor: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Amount: $25,000
Duration: October 2018 - October 2019

Contact: Sara Mannheimer, Data Librarian
Phone:
(406) 994-3361
Email:
sara.mannheimer@montana.edu

Synopsis: This Sparks Grant in the Curating Collections project category sponsors the design, creation, and assessment of a prototype Institutional Research Data Index (IRDI). IRDI will be an easy-to-install metadata indexing system that promotes discovery, reuse, and impact of institutional research datasets by (1) automatically harvesting metadata from third-party data repositories; (2) generating new descriptive metadata for individual datasets using external topic mining of scholarly profile sources like ORCID and Google Scholar Profiles; and (3) by optimizing for discovery by commercial search engines.

Please view the full grant narrative [PDF] for additional information about IRDI.


The Tribal College Librarians Institute

Sponsor: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Amount: $249,926
Duration: September 2018 - September 2021

Contact: Mary Anne Hansen, Research Commons Librarian
Phone:
(406) 994-3162
Email:
mhansen@montana.edu

Synopsis: This Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) Planning Grant under the Community Anchors project category supports the Tribal College Librarians Institute (TCLI), an annual, weeklong professional development program for tribal college librarians and archivists that provides continuing education programming across all areas of librarianship and is tailored to the specific, unique needs of library personnel at tribal colleges, as well as academic librarians mandated to serve the information needs of Native students. Project activities will build upon the success of two previous LB21 Awards by focusing on preparing and empowering tribal college librarians to be