Research Projects

Principal Investigator: Mega Subramaniam
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Identifying the learning outcomes that can be achieved through CT programs for youth offered through libraries and to develop a bank of assessment tools that can be used by public library staff to document and measure CT literacy development in youth as a result of participating in library CT programs. 
Principal Investigator: Diana E. Marsh
Funder: USDOI National Park Service
Students are working with Dr. Marsh and NPS curators throughout the 2020-2021 academic year to research and produce an online exhibit highlighting NPS sites and materials in the National Capital Region related to the history of civil rights. Drawing on the heritage sites and collections holdings of the NPS in the National Capital Region, the interns are assisting curators in all aspects of research and content development, with a broader goal to increase public awareness of the NPS sites and collections in the National Capital Region.
Principal Investigator: Mega Subramaniam
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Providing continuing education opportunities to library staff in small and rural libraries on how to embed connected learning (CL) principles into teen programs and services.
Principal Investigator: Katrina Fenlon
Funder: USDA Agricultural Research Service
To establish a collaboration between the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library (NAL) that capitalizes on the iSchool’s Digital Curation program in order to help develop a robust agricultural information curation infrastructure.
Principal Investigator: Jessica Vitak, Mega Subramaniam
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Bringing together researchers, low socioeconomic status (SES) families, and public library partners to identify the privacy and security challenges librarians and low-SES families face using internet and communication technologies and to develop a suite of educational and professional development resources for both librarians and low-SES families
Principal Investigator: Katrina Fenlon
Funder: USDA Agricultural Research Service
The National Agricultural Library acquires, organizes, provides access to, and preserves agriculture literature and its data for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It needs research on the best practices for creating and curating its digital collections.
Principal Investigator: Katrina Fenlon
Funder: US National Agricultural Library
Funder: Other
Principal Investigator: Niklas Elmqvist
Funder: National Science Foundation
Building an augmented-reality DataWorld using hidden troves of data (from social media, the census, public databases, and more) to help professionals, policymakers, and citizens in there every day life---from house hunting by walking through the neighborhood and getting pop-up facts about the area to getting event and safety updates as you walk through a college campus.
Principal Investigator: Diana E. MarshPrincipal Investigator: Joshua A. Bell (National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)
Funder: National Science Foundation
Based on a three-year fellowship supported by the National Science Foundation, this research seeks to improve the discovery of anthropological archives for users. Current work includes exploring data reuse based on a national survey undertaken in 2018-2019 with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums and the American Anthropological Association.
Principal Investigator: Ana Ndumu
Funder: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
Funder: Other
Introducing refugees and immigrants to library professions through a self-paced mini-course as part of a one-year pilot in partnership with the REFORMA Mid-Atlantic Chapter and Prince George’s Public Library System.
Principal Investigator: Richard Marciano
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Piloting an online national collaborative network of educators and practitioners to enable the sharing and dissemination of computational case studies and lesson plans through an open source, cloud-based interactive platform based on Jupyter Notebooks.
Principal Investigator: Katrina Fenlon
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Investigating roles that cultural heritage institutions may play to help realize community-determined, community-led strategies for sustaining digital collections over time.
Principal Investigator: Katrina Fenlon
Funder: USDA Agricultural Research Service
Working with students in the iSchool's newly created specialization in data curation to build the workforce of the future in the field of digital curation and user access for scientific data and literature with an emphasis on agriculture and agricultural informatics.