Scholar Sprints @ U-M library

Tentative Spring 2020 Dates : May 7-8

What is a "Sprint"?

Scholar Sprints offer U-M faculty, instructors, graduate students and research fellows the opportunity to partner with a team of U-M Library experts on a mini-project over the course of a single 4-day week. The intent is for the sprint team to work intensely for that period of time, and to produce a tangible product or outcome. Up to four selected Sprint projects receive a $400 award.

We anticipate offering our next Sprint late in Fall term, 2019.

What is a "Dash"?

Shorter. The Dash is envisioned as a one- or two-day event where selected scholars partner with a team of library experts to get over a "hurdle" in their research or instruction that can be uniquely addressed by our specialists. Up to four selected Dash projects will receive a $100/day award.

Matt and team exploring PressBooks together.
Human Nature: The Nichols Arboretum and its Communities with Matthew Woodbury
Mapping Toll Barriers in Medieval Japan with Paula Curtis

U-M Library Sprints aims to foster engaging and equitable collaborations. Each member of the team will bring unique ideas, creativity, and expertise that are essential to building projects and connections during this period and beyond. Sprints are guided by a strong commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We believe that the expertise of scholars and librarians can enrich the goals and outcomes of a collaborative project. We remain attentive to the issue of equitable labor in scholarly collaborations. We support research, teaching, and creative projects that contribute to the public good.

Sprints differ from standard consultations in their timing and depth of interaction, in their orientation to public scholarship, and in their aim to build sustainable campus community connections.

Potential project areas include, but are not limited to:

    • Archival data and research
    • Data and metadata management
    • Visualization and mapping
    • Web-based publishing
    • Journal submission and review workflows
    • Inclusive/Open educational resource creation
    • Information literacy instructional design/pedagogy
    • Publicly engaged research and digital pedagogy

Remember, it's a Sprint! Apply if you believe your mini-project can be completed in the proposed timeframe. If you don't have a clue how long your project might take, you can contact us (see below) for a pre-application consultation.

Acceptance will be determined by the impact and feasibility of the project, as well as the availability of library resources and the appropriate library staff.

Our two Summer 2018 teams working in ScholarSpace (206 Hatcher Graduate Library)