Library and Information Science

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Research Projects

Digital Curation Fellows Program – National Agricultural Library
Principal Investigator(s): Katrina Fenlon
Funder: USDA Agricultural Research Service
Research Areas: Computational Archival Science > Data Science, Analytics, and Visualization > Library and Information Science
The Digital Curation Fellows program is a partnership with the National Agricultural Library (NAL) to provide students from across all iSchool programs with research and practical experience solving real-world digital curation challenges. Digital curation fellows have contributed to numerous initiatives during this program’s several-year history, such as developing digital preservation plans, researching user experience, evaluating metadata quality, assessing diversity and equity of representation in digital collections, building new digital archives, and creating data analytics dashboards.
Libraries, Integration, and New Americans: Understanding immigrant acculturative stress
Principal Investigator(s): Ana Ndumu
Research Areas: Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics > Library and Information Science
Libraries, Integration, and New Americans,” or L.I.N.A., is a three-year research project directed by Dr. Ana Ndumu that will answer the following questions: What is the role of information in immigrant acculturative stress? How does information-related acculturative
stress impact library access? How can libraries help adult immigrants who are overwhelmed by information? Funding from IMLS under the Laura Bush 21st Century Early Career
Development Grant category will support phenomenological studies that build on the researcher's previous dissertation work involving information and immigrant integration. This multi-phase project will span from August 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024, and will 1.) operationalize acculturative stress or the strain caused by adjusting to a new culture, from an LIS standpoint; 2.) investigate connections between information and indicators of acculturative stress; and 3.) distill community-centered recommendations on how libraries can respond to immigrant acculturative stress.

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Info College Faculty and Alumna Publish New Book on Information Literacy and Disinformation

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Two UMD Info College Faculty Members Establish New Archival Repatriation Committee

The new Committee is a major step towards enacting more Native and Indigenous repatriation archival policy.