We are issuing a call for applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2020. We are seeking novice librarian researchers who are employed by academic libraries or by libraries in a research setting in the United States or Canada, to participate in the Institute. Employment may be part-time or full-time; permanent, term, visiting, or in a residency. We define “novice” broadly; if you feel that you would benefit from being guided throughout the entire research design process, we encourage your application. Librarians of all levels of professional experience are welcome to apply.

The year-long experience begins with a workshop held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, from June 6-14, 2020, with arrival on campus on Saturday, June 6, and departure on Sunday, June 14.

We seek librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. IRDL is designed to bring together all that the literature tells us about the necessary conditions for librarians to conduct valid and reliable research in an institutional setting. The cohort will be chosen from a selective submission process, with an emphasis on enthusiasm for research and diversity from a variety of perspectives, including ethnicity and type and size of library.

Selection criteria:

  • Commitment to the year-long process of participating in the IRDL research community and conducting the proposed study within the 2019-2020 academic year;
  • Significance of the research problem to the operational success of libraries or to the profession of librarianship;
  • Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of the research proposal;
  • Enthusiasm for research and a desire to learn.

We will be accepting applications from December 1, 2019 to January 27, 2020. Scholars accepted to the Institute will be notified in early March 2020. Application information may be found on our Prepare Your Proposal page.

Please contact one of the Program Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process. You may contact them using our contact form.