2016 Research Grant Winner

CAUL-CBUA is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant!  Alison Ambi, Science Research Liaison Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland Libraries, will be awarded $1,000 to help support their project, Does Library Data Want to be Free?
In her proposal, Alison emphasizes that, although libraries spend much time focused on advocating for open data, building infrastructures to support open data sharing by our researchers, and teaching users to find open data; academic libraries themselves seem to be reluctant "to routinely and openly share the data that they collect about the costs and use of their services and resources". The proposed research will explore:

  • Understanding of how our current data sharing practices compare to the broader academic library community;
  • How/whether our practices could be adjusted to align with the current growing culture of open data; and
  • Providing an opportunity for our libraries to lead by example and demonstrate to our faculty and students the benefits of sharing data openly

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 Alison's study.