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KU Libraries to host faculty Research Sprints

Friday, March 11, 2016

KU Libraries are now accepting applications for Research Sprints, a new program to offer in-depth, dedicated support for KU faculty. Research Sprints provide faculty the opportunity to partner with a team of expert librarians on a specific project or component of a broader project during a weeklong collaboration from May 16-20.

“Research Sprints offer a unique chance for faculty to partner with expert librarians on a scholarly or pedagogic endeavor,” said Dr. Pam Lach, head of the Center for Faculty Initiatives and Engagement at KU Libraries. “Unlike typical research consultations, which may last an hour or two, these sprints enable faculty and librarians to take a deep dive into a project and have something concrete to show for it at the end.”

Individuals or groups of faculty may apply to work intensively with a team of librarians. The intent is for the entire team—faculty and librarians—to work without distractions to produce a tangible product or outcome. Proposed projects need not be stand-alone; they can be a component or a module of a larger project that helps meet a well-defined milestone towards a bigger goal.

“We envision it as an immersive experience for the teams of faculty and librarians—a chance to work together on one project in one week,” said Lach.

KU librarians have a host of expertise and topic-specific proficiencies, including digital pedagogy, digital scholarship development, grant writing and course assignment re-design, to name a few.

Selected applicants will be placed on a research team, where a project manager will oversee organization of the team and collaborate with the faculty member throughout the planning process. Qualifying proposals may receive financial assistance.

To participate, faculty must be available for the weeklong session. In addition, selected applicants will participate in a showcase event and produce a digital portfolio for online viewing.

KU Libraries will host an information session on March 21 from 1-2 p.m. in Watson Library, room 455. Interested applicants are invited to attend to learn more about the program, discuss the application process and share their project ideas with each other. To RSVP, please email Lach at

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8. More details on the application process can be found on the Research Sprints information page.

Eligibility is limited to KU tenured or tenure-track faculty members and faculty equivalents, adjunct faculty and academic staff. Graduate students may participate on teams as long as the primary researcher is a faculty member or academic staff.

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