ARL Academy Fellows at UNC  

ARL is partnering with three LIS schools — UNC at Chapel Hill, Catholic University of America and Simmons College — to identify, recruit and support students who enter a library science master’s program with advanced degrees from other fields.

Principal Investigator: Joanne Gard Marshall

Automatic Metadata Generation Applications (AMeGA)

The goal of the AMeGA project is to identify and recommend functionalities for applications supporting automatic metadata generation in the library / bibliographic control community.

Principal Investigator: Jane Greenberg  

Challenges and Opportunities for Facilitating Translational Research via the Publication Process

Publication is an essential component of translational research, and a major focus at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) is to support broad dissemination of UNC scholarship. The HSL supports a variety of methods to encourage the widest possible access to scholarly content from UNC faculty. Emerging alternatives or complements to 'traditional' publication practices include publishing in open access journals; self-archiving manuscripts; submitting pre- and post-prints to institutional- and disciplinary-repositories; and complying with funding agency mandates for sharing results from federally-funded research. Common to these options is the potential to distribute scholarly work openly, which aligns with an aim of 'translational research': to enable results to reach the broadest possible audience of clinicians with as few barriers to access as possible. Each of these alternatives bears an associated set of economic, temporal, technological, and procedural challenges for authors. This study aims to elicit perspectives of UNC authors--particularly regarding the ways in which these individuals utilize support services provided by campus administration, University Libraries, and agencies that fund their research. While the interviews for this pilot project are being conducted with faculty at UNC, the data collection and reporting will be structured to maximize transferability of results to other academic institutions. (Funded by a 2010 TraC$2K Pilot Grant, 14th round, administered through the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute.)

Principal Investigators: Margaret Moore (UNC-CH Health Sciences Library) and Phillip M. Edwards

Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century: ELIME-21

The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in conjunction with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, established a new program, “Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century: ELIME-21”, which will lead to the establishment of graduate level LIS programs adapted to meet the local needs of two Middle Eastern universities, the American University in Cairo and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. To achieve this objectives of this IMLS funded project, SILS will recruit a cohort of doctoral students into a specialized PhD program that incorporates both coursework about the Middle East and its culture, and an internship at one of the partner institutions as components. SILS faculty and ELIME-21 doctoral students will work with an advisory committee and key individuals from the two Middle Eastern universities to develop plans for a master’s level LIS program and will teach the first courses in each program. This project will address the urgent need for preparing future U.S. library educators with a greater familiarity with the Middle East and, at the same time, will assist in the training of librarians in a region of the world of critical importance to the United States.

Principle Investigator: Barbara Moran and Javed Mostafa


As an open source blogsphere tool, Lyceum gives workgroups, classes, friends, companies and projects the ability to have their own blogsphere. Everyone can blog, and no one has to hand-install a blog or sign up with a commercial service.

Principal Investigators: Jeffrey Pomerantz

Metadata Generation Research (MGR)

The MGR project is developing a model that will facilitate the most efficient and effective means of metadata production by integrating human and automatic processes.

Principal Investigator: Jane Greenberg


The Openkey Project seeks to revolutionize access to botanical resources by incorporating the methods botanists use to identify plant species and by simplifying and visualizing the process of identification.

Principal Investigators: Jane Greenberg, Evelyn Daniel and Peter White

The Future of Librarians in the Workforce

The Future of Librarians in the Workforce study will identify the nature of anticipated labor shortages in the library and information science (LIS) field over the next decade; assess the number and types of library and information science jobs that will become available in the U.S. either through retirement or new job creation; determine the skills that will be required to fill such vacancies; and recommend effective approaches to recruiting and retaining workers to fill them. The study will result in better tools for workforce planning and management, better match of demand and supply, and improved recruitment and retention of librarians.

Status of Special Libraries (presentation)

Status of Academic Libraries (presentation)

Status of Public Libraries (presentation)

Principle Investigator: Jose-Marie Griffiths and Don King

TRLN Doctoral Fellows Program

The TRLN Doctoral Fellows Program is a collaborative effort of SILS and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), comprising the libraries of Duke University, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), North Carolina State University (NCSU) and UNC at Chapel Hill.

Fellows are full-time doctoral students who spend 20 hours a week throughout the year in the assigned academic library. This collaboration between SILS and the TRLN libraries will allow fellows to explore linking research to library and information practice.

Principal Investigator: Joanne Gard Marshall