CAUL/CBUA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant. Suzanne van den Hoogen, Public Services Librarian at St. Francis Xavier University and Kristel Fleuren-Hunter, Children's Services Librarian at Pictou Antigonish Regional Library will be awarded $1,000 to help support their project, At Your Leisure: Providing leisure reading materials to a university community through an academic and public library initiative.
In their proposal, Suzanne and Kristel emphasize "the benefits of leisure reading to the individual are many and include lifelong learning, increased literacy, benefits to mental health, and reading for the simple pleasure of reading". The proposed research will explore the role for leisure reading within the university community.
The CAUL/CBUA Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant is intended to encourage collaborative research across the academic libraries in the region, proposing solutions to practical questions as well as projects which involve structured evidence-based research. We are pleased to continue offering support to researchers in the region and look forward to the results of Suzanne and Kristel's study.