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

Previous Winners

Recognizing the importance of research to the advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC Research and ALISE, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, annually collaborate to offer the Library and Information Science Research Grant Program.

The overall goal is to promote independent research, particularly work helping to integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches, and research that contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors. We will prioritize submissions that integrate diversity, inclusion and equity aspects into these research areas.

Our intent is to create access and minimize barriers for people from a broad range of backgrounds who will add value to our professional communities.

View the full 2018 call.  

Award Criteria

  • Grant awards range up to $25,000 and support one-year research projects. Research related, but not limited, to the following areas is encouraged:
  • Impact of digital technology on libraries, museums, and archives.
  • Social media, learning, and information-seeking behavior.
  • New developments in knowledge organization (metadata, social tagging, linked data, etc.).

Nomination Requirements

  • Full-time academic faculty in schools of library and information science or related fields are eligible to apply. OCLC and ALISE encourage international proposals and collaborative projects. To aid new researchers, priority will be given when possible to proposals from junior faculty and applicants who have not previously received LISRGP funds.
  • 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 submission criteria as laid out in this Call for Proposals? Proposals not meeting these criteria will not be further evaluated and will not be funded. This includes the length of the proposal, margin and font-size specifications, presence of requested signatures, eligibility of requesting institution, the presence of budget and description of the role of all investigators.
  • Is the project clearly described, is the problem well defined, and the research objectives clearly stated?
  • Is the project designed to be successfully completed within one year?
  • Is there sufficient review of relevant literature?
  • Is the proposed methodology appropriate and are the investigative procedures clearly explained?
  • What is the significance of the proposed research to the library and information science community?
  • Are outcomes, impact, and deliverables specifically identified?
  • Are sufficient resources and expertise available?
  • Is there institutional commitment as evidenced by cost share to support the project?

Committee Membership

  • The committee consists of five members, including the chair
  • The chair is from the OCLC Research Department, nominated by OCLC and confirmed by the board
  • Two members are selected by the president-elect and serve for one year, including the current past-president, who will be the immediate past-president during the year of service on the committee
  • Two members are selected by OCLC
  • The committee reports to the past-president 

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 - [email protected]


Louise Spiteri, Dalhousie University
Don Latham, Florida State University
OCLC Members - TBA

Board Liaison

Heidi Julien, University at Buffalo - [email protected]

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

 Previous Recipients


Charles Senteio & Nancy Kranich, Rutgers University for Investigating Engagement of Public, Academic, and Medical Libraries with Community-Based Health and Wellness Activities in Diverse Urban Communities

Devendra Potnis, University of Tennessee for Financial Information Literacy Toolkit to Educate boRrowers (FILTER): A Channel for Public Libraries to Partner with Governments for Financial Inclusion in the Developing World

Lorraine Richards Bornn, Drexel University for Challenges of Costing Research Data Management: Two Cases


Iris Xie & Rakesh Babu, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee for Universal Accessibility of Digital Libraries: Design of Help Mechanisms for Blind Users

Abdulhussain Mahdi & Arash Joorabchi, University of Limerick for Fostering Library-Wikipedia Integration: Automatic Mapping of FAST Subject Headings to Wikipedia Articles

Besiki Stvilia, Florida State University, Dong Joon Lee, Texas A&M University, and Shuheng Wu, Queens College, CUNY for Social Aspects of Participation in Online Research Identity Management Systems

Pengyi Zhang, Peking University for Collaborative Sensemaking in Online Knowledge Groups

Denice Adkins and Heather Moulaison, University of Missouri for Latino Information Use as Moderated Through Social Media and Mobile Technologies


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