Expectations for an immersive week

Melissa Stamer Peterson, lecturer for the Applied English Center, meets with a team of librarians during her Research Sprint.

Program description

Research Sprints offers faculty and academic staff the opportunity to partner with a team of expert librarians on a specific project or component of a broader project. A Sprint differs from a one-time research or instruction consultation. Individuals or teams of faculty apply to work intensively with a team of librarians for one business week (roughly 35-40 hours) during May intersession. The intent is for the entire team — faculty and librarians — to work without distractions to produce a tangible product or outcome.

Proposals should be for a project that can be completed in the one-week timeframe. 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.

Faculty members should expect to:

  • Complete project or project component by the end of the Research Sprints 
  • Develop a partnership or working relationship with experts from KU Libraries
  • Collaborate with library and information science experts on relevant topics

We will work to match faculty members with the appropriate areas of expertise from across KU Libraries in alignment with the needs of the project.

Areas of expertise include but are not limited to:

  • Archival research
  • Bibliographic research
  • Data management
  • Data visualization
  • Digital scholarship such as Digital Humanities
  • Foreign language expertise
  • GIS and geospatial research
  • Information management
  • Metadata creation and management
  • Open access
  • Open educational resources (OER) and open pedagogy
  • Pedagogy and instructional design
  • Scholarly communication and copyright 

Faculty members may apply to work on a broad range of projects, including but not limited to:

  • Data set development or preparation
  • Data visualization
  • Digital pedagogy, such as developing a digitally-centered syllabus, course module, or assignment
  • Digital scholarship project development, including digital humanities projects
  • External grant proposal
  • Open Educational Resource (OER) development
  • Research-based course assignment redesign
  • Archival projects

Research Sprints is not intended for activities such as:

  • Digitizing with no additional research component
  • Copyright clearance and other related services
  • Metadata creation with no additional research component
  • Workshops and training
  • Building a database

A project timeline will vary and some objectives, such as selection of software, may be accomplished prior to the Sprint week. Below, however, is a sample timeline for a Digital Humanities project to guide proposed timelines submitted with applications. Project teams will refine the timelines during the planning meeting prior to the Sprints to ensure project goals are met.


  • Finalize detailed schedule for the Sprints week 
  • Consult with digital humanities expert
  • Investigate potential software tools


  • Select software tool
  • Examine relevant literature
  • Conduct scan of similar projects in the field


  • Select ideal sources from literature for inclusion 


  • Consult with archives expert 
  • Assemble selected sources in the software tool 


  • Continue integrating sources in the software tool 
  • Prepare post-Sprints plan 
  • Prepare Showcase presentation 
  • Showcase presentation 

Research Sprints Information


Research Sprints committee
The University of Kansas Libraries

Committee Members