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CICS Receives Two IMLS Grants

IMLSTwo Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grants have been awarded in recent months to School of Information Sciences (SIS) faculty members through the Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS).  The focus of the grants is to help those engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) research and/or working for STEM industries learn how to organize information to deal with the overwhelming volume of data collected. 

The first IMLS grant of $546,472 is called SciData and is being led by SIS Associate Professor Suzie Allard.  It will provide support for eight SIS masters’ students to obtain the data curation skills required to help scientists deal with this “data deluge.”  The students selected for this program will also gain a thorough understanding of scientific publishing. SciData is committed to diversity and encourages applications from students with diverse backgrounds. Prospective students should have a science background or be interested in conducting research in science information/communication.

The second IMLS project is just under $25,000.  It is a planning grant led by SIS Director Ed Cortez. The LaSCALA (Latino Scholars Cabio Leadership Academy) planning project is being spearheaded by the University of Tennessee, in collaboration with the University of Arizona. If fully funded by IMLS, the project will fill an important gap in Library and Information Science by providing the funds required to recruit and educate six Hispanic/Latino doctoral students  through the doctoral programs of the UT College of Communication and Information (CCI), and the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS).  

“La SCALA’s goal  will be to provide students with a transformational experience embedded with intensive learning, discovery and dialog, with a special emphasis on helping them identify how their research can be situated in a STEM context,” said Cortez. “If IMLS decides to fully fund the program it will provide generational knowledge transfer through strong mentoring relationships that will contribute to the professional success of these doctoral candidates as they transition from graduate studies to faculty positions in STEM and related fields.”