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About the IMLS Grant


The Collaborative Analysis Liaison Librarians master’s-level instructional project was awarded in 2019 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program (RE-13-19-0027-19). CALL has been developed at the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences, working with University of Tennessee Libraries, and the University of Denver.

The project will fund a cohort of 14 leaders in science library liaison roles. The project will also develop a model of experiential learning and curriculum, which will be made available for programs across the country. An interdisciplinary and inter-agency team will recruit, educate, and mentor this cohort. The cohort will focus on building liaison skills to better collaborate with researchers in science-focused agencies and to build curriculum and skills for liaison librarianship. Each student will benefit from an immersive practicum in a participating science agency, mentoring relationships with experts in STEM librarianship and science information services, and an ALA-accredited Master’s degree with a specialization in liaison librarianship. The project will conclude with a summit where participants will share best practices and insights from the practicums, mentoring, and curriculum.