Current Engagement Fellow Projects

2018-2019 Projects

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DEI Programming Assistant

Project Leader: Jeff Witt

DEI Programming Fellows will work 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 will also enjoy a level of autonomy to explore the dynamic field of DEI work within the multi-faceted world of academic libraries.  

Fellow for Library Learning Analytics Project (LLAP)

Project Leader: Doreen Bradley

The University of Michigan (U-M) 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 will work on discrete projects that use campus, library, and other data to examine the impact of the library on learning at the university.  Fellows will run existing SQL queries and create new queries, visualize data for internal and external audiences, and assist in interpreting data from our research.

Climate Action Outreach Planner

Project Leaders: Lori Tschirhart and Jacob Glenn

Urgent action is needed to engage all citizens in the fight against climate change. As climate action outreach planners, fellows will work in a small team (comprised of 2-3 student undergraduate and graduate student fellows). The team will collectively work to facilitate community discourse, activism, and practical, locally oriented actions related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Research Fellow for The Trauma-informed Librarianship Project

Project Leaders: Stephanie Rosen and Marna Clowney

Student(s) will investigate trauma-informed practices as they apply to librarianship and other service- or consultation-based professions, reviewing literature and interviewing practitioners. Student will make recommendations for training or pilot program at U-M to incorporate promising practices, implement, and assess.

Fellow for Copyright for Creatives

Project Leaders: Melissa Levine and Raven Lanier

The Library’s Copyright Office will celebrate its 10th birthday in 2019. For the past 10 years we’ve focused on copyright 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 would engage students in the design of the program which would be launched as a prototype in calendar 2019). Students would learn about copyright and the business issues for creative professionals. This is an opportunity for the Copyright Office to lay groundwork for an active education program and build relationships with students in a meaningful way, “further embedding and extending our service philosophy and framework, including developing services, to our North Campus libraries.” The project would be led by me and Raven Lanier, a new copyright specialist with our office who is also a creative engaged in fan fiction writing.

Fellow for Needs Assessment & Usability of Research Guides

Project Leader: Karen Reiman-Sendi

Student will learn about project management, assessment, and UX techniques as they scope a project to gather and to 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 would inform decisions related to current web content projects.