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.

 Previous Recipients


Matthew Griffis, University of Southern Mississippi for The "Place" of the Librarian in Deskless Library: Do Roaming Reference Spatial Models Create a More User-Centered Library?

Jin Ha Lee, University of Washington for Appeal Factors: Enabling Crossmedia Advisory Services

Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia for Easy as Pi: Developing a Computational Thinking in the Public Library


Denise Agosto, Drexel University, and June Abbas, University of Oklahoma for A New Role for Libraries: Promoting Teens' Safety and Security in the Digital Age

Leanne Bowler, Jung Sun Oh, Daqing He, University of Pittsburgh for 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

Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie, University of Western Ontario for Children's experience of and perspectives on e-book reading


Sanghee Oh, Florida State University for Understanding Health Information Behaviors in Social Q&A: Text mining of Health Questions and Answers in Yahoo! Answers

Lynne Bowker, University of Ottawa for Can machine translation facilitate outreach to newcomers? A pilot study investigating the needs of Spanish-speaking users of the Ottawa Public Library

Kyung-Sun Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sei-Ching Joanna Sin, Nanyang Technological University for Social Media as Information Sources: Use and Evaluation of Information from Social Media


Abdulhussain Mahdi and Arash Joorabchi, University of Limerick for A New Unsupervised Approach to Automatic Topical Indexing of Scientific Documents According to Library Controlled Vocabularies

Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan, Simmons College for Reference Competencies from the Practicioner's Perspective: An International Comparison

Carolyn Hank, McGill University, and Cassidy Sugimoto, Indiana University - Bloomington for The Biblioblogosphere: A Comparison of Communication and Preservation Perceptions and Practices between blogging LIS Scholar-Practicioners and LIS Scholar-Researchers


Christina Patuelli, Pratt University for FOAF in the Archive: Linking Networks of Information with Networks of People

Chirag Shah, Rutgers University for Modalities, Motivation, and Materials: Investigating Traditional Social Online Q&A Services

Bei Yu, Syracuse University for Text Classification of Digital Reference Interviews: an Investigation of Information Seeking Behavior in the Social Web Environment


Louise Spiteri, Dalhousie University for The Public Library Catalogue as a Social Space: Usability Studies of User Interaction with Social Discovery Systems

Hsin-Hang Chen, and Barbara Albee, Indiana University for Impact of Open Sources Library Automation System on Public Library Users

Besiki Stvilia and Corinne Jorgensen, Florida State University for Assessing the Reuse Value of Socially Created Metadata for Image Indexing


Kathryn La Barre and Carol Tilley, University of Illinois for Folktales and Facets

Michael Khoo, Drexel University for Addressing the "metadata bottleneck" by developing and evaluating an online tool to support non-specialists to evaluate Dublin Core metadata records

Bill Kules, Catholic University of America for Investigating Gaze Behavior in Faceted Search Interfaces for Library Catalogs


Rong Tang and Sheila Denn, Simmons College for User-based Question Answering: An Exploratory Study of Community-generated information Exchange in Yahoo! Answers

Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for Developing and Evaluating a Query Recommendation Feature to Assist Users with Online Information Seeking and Retrieval

Youngok Choi, Catholic University of America for Analyzing Image Searching on the Web: How Do Undergraduates Search and Use Visual Information


M. Asim Qayyum, Carlos Suarez Balseiro Rio Piedras, Tania Garcia-Ramos, University of Puerto Rico for Investigating the User Needs and Preferences for a Specialized Environmental Library

Melissa Gross and Don Latham, Florida State University for Self-Views of Information Seeking Skills: Undergraduates' Understading of What It Means to be Information Literate


Lokman Meho and Kiduk Yang, Indiana University for Citation Analysis of Library and Information Science Faculty Publications: ISI Databases and Beyond

Joyce Kanini Mbwesa, University of Nairobi for Assessment of Library Support Services for Distance Leaners: A Case Study of the University of Nairobi, Kenya

Jeffrey Pomerantz, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for The Return on Investment of Collaborative Virtual Reference Service

Louise Spiteri, Dalhousie University for The Use of Collaborative Tagging in Public Library Catalogues


Shawne Miksa, University of North Texas for A Survey of the Extent and Utilization of Cataloging Tools and Resources Within Technical Services in the North Texas Public Libraries

Jun Wang, Peking University for The Mining of Cataloging Knowledge from Bibliographic Data for Automatic Subject Cataloging

Peiling Wang, University of Tennessee for A Dual Approach to Web Query Mining: Towards Conceptual Representations of Information Needs


Corinne Jorgensen, Florida State University for Developing a Thesaurus for Indexing Images Across Diverse Domains

Feili Tu and Nancy Zimmerman, University of South Carolina for Consumer Health Information Services in American Public Libraries: An Assessment of Current Status and Educational Needs

Elizabeth Yakel, University of Michigan for Academic Reference Librarians and Extending Access to Primary Sources


Rebecca Green, University of Maryland for Vocabulary Alignment via Basic Level Concepts

Abby Goodrum, Syracuse University for Image Intermediation: Visual Resource Reference Services for Digital Libraries

Joseph Janes, University of Washington for The Thank You Study: User Satisfaction with Digital Reference Service


Jane Greenberg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for Optimizing Metadata Creation: A Model for Integrating Human and Automatic Processes

Lorna Peterson, University at Buffalo for Operationalizing Barriers in Dissemination of African Research and Scholarship

Wonsik Shim, Florida State University for Reification of Information Seeking Habits


Anna Perrault, University of South Florida for Global Collective Resources: WorldCAT as the Foundation for International Library Cooperation

Hong Xie, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for Ease of Use versus User Control: Desired Interface Model and Functionalities for Web-based Online Databases

Hong Xu and Arlene Taylor, University of Pittsburgh for Identification of Resource Types of Web Accessible Information


Allyson Carlyle, University of Washington for Clustering Fiction Works to Improve Online Catalog Displays

Lois Mai Chan, University of Kentucky for An LCSH-Based Controlled Vocabular for the Dublin Core Metadata Record: A Feasibility Study

John Richardson, University of California-Los Angeles for An English-Russian Dictionary of LIS Terminology

James Sweetland, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for Tracking the Viability of an Evaluation Tool for Public Library Adult Fiction: The Five-Year Mark