OCLC/ALISE LISRG (Library and Information Science Research Grant) Program

Previous Winners

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 (LISRG) program for 2015 and invite research proposals. In recognition of the importance of research to the advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC and ALISE promote independent research that helps librarians integrate new technologies into areas of traditional competence and contributes to a better understanding of the library environment. Grant recipients will be notified prior to the ALISE Annual Conference and announced at the Conference. More information on the OCLC/ALISE Reserch Grant

Program Description

In recognition of the importance of research to the advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC and ALISE promote independent research that helps librarians integrate new technologies into areas of traditional competence and contributes to a better understanding of the library environment.

Publication of Findings

As a condition of the grant, researchers must furnish OCLC a final project report within 60 days of  the completion date indicated on proposal cover page. OCLC and ALISE may elect to publish and distribute all or portions of the report without restriction. Researchers must include, or cause to be included, recognition of the OCLC/ALISE LISRGP grant in all publications of research results from the LISRGP-funded project. The results of the research must be nonproprietary and in the public domain.


Full-time academic faculty (or equivalent) in schools of library and information science are eligible to apply. OCLC and ALISE encourage international proposals and collaborative projects under this program. Proposals must be signed by the principal investigator, by the dean/director (or equivalent) of the school, and by an authorized official of the university.

Proposal Review Procedures

Proposals are evaluated by a panel selected by OCLC and ALISE. Occasionally, proposals may be distributed to additional expert reviewers selected by OCLC and ALISE who may advise the panel. The panel's recommendations are forwarded to the vice president of OCLC Research, for final review and funding decisions. The decisions of the vice president of OCLC Research are final.

Reviewers consider the following criteria, among others, when evaluating proposals:

  • Does the proposal meet the formal criteria as laid out in the Call for Proposals? Proposals not meeting formal criteria will not be further evaluated and will not be funded. This includes length of proposal, margin and font-size specifications, presence of requested signatures, eligibility of requesting institution, presence of budget and description of role of all investigators.
  • Is the project clearly described, the problem well defined, and the research objectives clearly stated?
  • Is there sufficient review of literature?
  • Is the proposed methodology appropriate and are the investigative procedures clearly explained?
  • What is the significance of the proposed research to either the library and information science community as a whole or to OCLC specifically?
  • Are sufficient resources available? Do the people proposing the research appear capable of conducting the research? Is institutional commitment to support the project apparent?

To aid new researchers, priority will be given when possible to proposals from junior faculty and applicants who have not previously received LISRGP funds. When a decision to award a grant has been made, a research project monitor is assigned by OCLC Research. The research project monitor serves as the point of contact for the LISRGP recipient during the duration of the project.

Application Procedures

To apply, complete and submit the following:

  • OCLC/ALISE LISRG proposal cover page (PDF:25K/1pp.). The principal investigator, dean/director (or equivalent) of the school, and an authorized official of the university must sign the proposal cover page.
  • A research proposal (see #5, formatting instructions). The proposal should:
    • Describe the nature, scope, and method of the proposed research
    • Explain why the research is innovative through reference to related research reported in the literature
    • Propose the anticipated significance of the research to library and information science
    • Identify methods that will be used to measure the success of the project
    • Suggest future research based on the anticipated results of the project
    • Briefly note dissemination plans
  • Detailed budget in US dollars that clearly identifies the funding requested and identifies institutional cost sharing. Equipment and travel requests must be explicitly justified.
  • Additional supporting materials such as curricula vitae of project staff, bibliography, project schedule, letters of support. The role and contribution of all investigators should be clearly specified.
  • The proposal, budget and supporting materials should be double-spaced, with a .5" margin minimum and a minimum 10-point font. Applicants should take care that proposals are complete, including cover page, budget, and supporting materials described above, and do not exceed 20 pages.


Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC (2016) - connawal@oclc.org


Eileen Abels, Simmons (2016)
Marie Radford, Rutgers (2016)
Plus 2 additional OCLC Representatives.

Board Liaison:

Clara Chu

Previous recipients and final papers are available at: http://www.oclc.org/research/grants/awarded.htm.

ALISE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service for library and information science education.

 Previous Recipients

“The "Place" of the Librarian in Deskless Library: Do Roaming Reference Spatial Models Create a More User-Centered Library?”

Matthew Griffis University of Southern Mississippi


“Appeal Factors: Enabling Crossmedia Advisory Services”


 Jin Ha Lee  University of Washington

“Easy as Pi: Developing Computational Thinking in the Public Library”

 Eric Meyers  University of British Columbia

2014  OCLC/ALISE LIbrary and Information Science Research Grant Winners


 “A New Role for Libraries: Promoting Teens' Safety and Security in the Digital Age”

Denise Agosto

June Abbas

Drexel University

University of Oklahoma

 “Teen Health Information Behavior and Social Q&A: A Study to Investigate Teens’ Assessments of the Accuracy, Credibility, and Reliability of Health Information about Eating Disorders in Yahoo! Answers””

Leanne Bowler

Jung Sun Oh

Daqing He


University of Pittsburgh

“Children's experiences of and perspectives on e-book reading”

Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie  University of Western Ontario


2013  OCLC/ALISE LIbrary and Information Science Research Grant Winners



“Understanding Health Information Behaviors in Social Q&A: Text mining of Health Questions and Answers in Yahoo! Answers”

Sanghee Oh
Florida State University

“Can machine translation facilitate outreach to newcomers? A pilot study investigating the needs of Spanish-speaking users of the Ottawa Public Library”

Lynne Bowker University of Ottawa

“Social Media as Information Sources: Use and Evaluation of Information from Social Media”

Kyung-Sun Kim and Sei-Ching Joanna Sin University of Wisconsin-Madison and Nanyang Technological University
 2012 OCLC/ALISE LIbrary and Information Science Research Grant Winners

"A New Unsupervised Approach to
Automatic Topical Indexing of Scientific
Documents According to Library
Controlled Vocabularies"

Abdulhussain Mahdi
and Arash Joorabchi

University of
Limerick, Ireland

"Reference Competencies from the
Practitioner's Perspective: An Inter-
national Comparison"

Laura Saunders and
Mary Wilkins Jordan
Simmons College

"The Biblioblogosphere: A Comparison of
Communication and Preservation
Perceptions and Practices between
Blogging LIS Scholar-Practitioners and LIS

Carolyn Hank and         
Cassidy Sugimoto
McGill University and
Indiana University -
  2011 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners

"FOAF in the Archive: Linking Networks
of Information with Networks of People"

Christina Patuelli
Pratt University

"Modalities, Motivation, and Materials:
Investigating Traditional and
Social Online Q&A Services"

Chirag Shah Rutgers University
"Text Classification of Digital Reference
Interviews: an Investigation of
Information Seeking
Behavior in the Social Web Environment
Bei Yu                   
Syracuse University
2010 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners
“The Public Library Catalogue as a Social Space: Usability Studies of User Interaction with Social Discovery Systems” Louise Spiteri, Ph.D. Dalhousie University
“Impact of Open Source Library Automation System on Public Library Users.” Hsin-liang Chen, Ph.D. and Barbara Albee Indiana University
“Assessing the Reuse Value of Socially Created Metadata for Image Indexing” Besiki Stvilia and Corinne Jörgensen Florida State University
2009 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners
Folktales and Facets Kathryn La Barre
Carol Tilley
University of Illinois
Addressing the "metadata bottleneck" by developing and evaluating an online tool to support non-specialists to evaluate Dublin Core metadata records" Michael Khoo Drexel University
Investigating Gaze Behavior in Faceted Search Interfaces for Library Catalogs Bill Kules The Catholic University of America
2008 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners
User-based Question Answering: An Exploratory Study of Community-generated Information Exchange in Yahoo! Answers Rong Tang
Sheila Denn
Simmons College
Developing and Evaluating a Query Recommendation Feature to Assist Users with Online Information Seeking and Retrieval Diane Kelly University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Analyzing Image Searching on the Web: How Do Undergraduates Search and Use Visual Information? Youngok Choi Catholic University of America
2007 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners
Investigating the User Needs and Preferences for a Specialized Environmental Library M. Asim Qayyum
Carlos Suarez Balseiro Rio Piedras
Tania Garcia-Ramos
University of Puerto Rico
Self-Views of Information Seeking Skills: Undergraduates' Understanding of What It Means to be Information Literate

Melissa Gross

Don Latham

The Florida State University

2006 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners
Citation Analysis of Library and Information Science Faculty Publications: ISI Databases and Beyond Lokman Meho

Kiduk Yang

Indiana University

Assessment of Library Support Services for Distance Leaners: A Case Study of the University of Nairobi, Kenya Joyce Kanini Mbwesa University of Nairobi
The Return on Investment of Collaborative Virtual Reference Service Jeffrey Pomerantz University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Use of Collaborative Tagging in Public Library Catalogues Louise Spiteri Dalhousie University
2005 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners
A Survey of the Extent and Utilization of Cataloging Tools and Resources Within Technical Services in the North Texas Public Libraries Shawne Miksa
Assistant Professor
University of North Texas
The Mining of Cataloging Knowledge from Bibliographic Data for Automatic Subject Cataloging Jun Wang
Associate Professor
Peking University, Beijing, PRC
A Dual Approach to Web Query Mining: Towards Conceptual Representations of Information Needs Peiling Wang
Associate Professor
University of Tennessee
2004 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners
Developing a Thesaurus for Indexing Images Across Diverse Domains Corinne Jorgensen
Associate Professor
Florida State University
Consumer Health Information Services in American Public Libraries: An Assessment of Current Status and Educational Needs Feili Tu
Assistant Professor
Nancy Zimmerman
Associate Professor
University of South Carolina
Academic Reference Librarians and Extending Access to Primary Sources Elizabeth Yakel
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
2003 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners
Vocabulary Alignment via Basic Level Concepts Rebecca Green University of Maryland
Image Intermediation: Visual Resource ReferenceServices for Digital Libraries Abby Goodrum Syracuse University
The Thank You Study: User Satisfaction with Digital Reference Service Joseph Janes University of Washington
2002 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Winners
Optimizing Metadata Creation: A Model for Integrating Human and Automatic Processes Jane Greenberg
Assistant Professor
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Operationalizing Barriers in Dissemination of African Research and Scholarship Lorna Peterson
Associate Professor
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Reification of Information Seeking Habits Wonsik Shim
Assistant Professor
Florida State University
Global Collective Resources: WorldCAT as the Foundation for International Library Cooperation Anna Perrault
Associate Professor
University of South Florida
Ease of Use versus User Control: Desired Interface Model and Functionalities for Web-based Online Databases Hong Xie
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Identification of Resource Types of Web Accessible Information Hong Xu
Assistant Professor
Arlene Taylor
University of Pittsburgh
June 1999
Clustering Fiction Works to Improve Online Catalog Displays Allyson Carlyle
Assistant Professor
University of Washington
An LCSH-Based Controlled Vocabulary for the Dublin Core Metadata Record: A Feasibility Study Lois Mai Chan
University of Kentucky
An English-Russian Dictionary of LIS Terminology John Richardson
University of California, Los Angeles
Tracking the Viability of an Evaluation Tool for Public Library Adult Fiction: The Five-Year Mark James Sweetland
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee