Institute of Museum and Library Services

Research Projects

Libraries, Integration, and New Americans: Understanding immigrant acculturative stress

Principal Investigator(s): Ana Ndumu
Libraries, Integration, and New Americans,” or L.I.N.A., is a three-year research project directed by Dr. Ana Ndumu that will answer the following questions: What is the role of information in immigrant acculturative stress? How does information-related acculturative
stress impact library access? How can libraries help adult immigrants who are overwhelmed by information? Funding from IMLS under the Laura Bush 21st Century Early Career
Development Grant category will support phenomenological studies that build on the researcher's previous dissertation work involving information and immigrant integration. This multi-phase project will span from August 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024, and will 1.) operationalize acculturative stress or the strain caused by adjusting to a new culture, from an LIS standpoint; 2.) investigate connections between information and indicators of acculturative stress; and 3.) distill community-centered recommendations on how libraries can respond to immigrant acculturative stress.

Connecting Rural and Small Libraries to Connected Learning

Principal Investigator(s): Mega Subramaniam
With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the ConnectedLib Toolkit helps librarians incorporate digital media into their work with youth to promote connections across learning contexts. We are currently working with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) to expand the toolkit to better meet the needs of library staff working in rural areas and small libraries.

Piloting an Online National Collaborative Network for Integrating Computational Thinking into Library and Archival Education and Practice

Principal Investigator(s): Richard Marciano
Piloting an online national collaborative network of educators and practitioners to enable the sharing and dissemination of computational case studies and lesson plans through an open source, cloud-based interactive platform based on Jupyter Notebooks.