2019-2020 Fellows project descriptions will be posted in Fall 2019. In the meantime, check out last year’s projects below.
Project Leader: Jeff Witt
DEI Programming Fellows worked with the library Diversity & Inclusion Specialist and DEI Program Manager to increase the quality and quantity of DEI programming within the library. These Student Fellows received a level of autonomy to explore the dynamic field of DEI work within the multi-faceted world of academic libraries.
Library Learning Analytics Project (LLAP)
Project Leader: Doreen Bradley
The University of Michigan received a three year IMLS grant ($495,280) to study how academic libraries impact learning. The project is lead by Dr. Felichism Kabo from the Institute for Social Research in collaboration with faculty and researchers from the U-M Library and the School of Information. Two Student Engagement Fellows worked on discrete projects that used campus, library, and other data to examine the impact of the library on learning at the university. Fellows ran existing SQL queries and created new queries, visualized data for internal and external audiences, and assisted in interpreting data from our research.
Climate Action Outreach
Project Leaders: Lori Tschirhart and Jacob Glenn
Urgent action is needed to engage everyone in the fight against climate change. As climate action outreach planners, Fellows worked in a small team (comprised of 2 student undergraduate Student Fellows). The team collectively worked to facilitate community discourse, activism, and practical, locally oriented actions related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Trauma-informed Librarianship Project
Project Leaders: Stephanie Rosen and Marna Clowney
Students investigated trauma-informed practices as they apply to librarianship and other service- or consultation-based professions, reviewing literature and interviewing practitioners. Students made recommendations for training and pilot programming at U-M to incorporate, implement, and assess promising practices.
Copyright for Creatives
Project Leaders: Melissa Levine and Raven Lanier
The Library’s Copyright Office celebrated its 10th birthday in 2019. For the past 10 years we’ve focused on the rights of users – libraries, faculty, students – for things like research, scholarship, preservation, digitization and more. With the Library’s growing engagement with North Campus through brightspot, we’d like to develop a copyright education program tailored specifically to the needs and interests of students and faculty in music, art, design and similar creative work. This project engaged students in the design of the program which will be launched as a prototype in calendar 2019. Students gained an opportunity to learn about copyright and business issues for creative professionals.
Needs Assessment & Usability of Research Guides
Project Leader: Karen Reiman-Sendi
Students learned about project management, assessment, and UX techniques as they scoped a project to gather and analyze user feedback and data that could impact the design, navigation, or content of selected Research Guides curated by the Taubman Health Sciences Library staff. The project processes and deliverables could serve to improve all current and future Research Guides, and will inform decisions related to current web content projects.