Scholar Sprints @ U-M library

Spring 2020: May 7-8

>> Deadline extended! Apply by Friday 2/21. <<

What is a "Sprint"?

Scholar Sprints offer U-M faculty, instructors, graduate students and fellows the opportunity to partner with a team of library experts on a component of a broader project. On May 7-8, each Sprint team will work together to address the applicant's obstacle and deliver a tangible plan or outcome. Up to four Sprint projects will receive a $200 award. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

Interested in a pre-application consultation? Contact us at

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

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)