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Current Library Grant/Award Projects

Shared BigData Gateway for Research Libraries (SBD-Gateway)

MSU Libraries joins seven other Big Ten universities to fund the development of the Collaborative Archive Data Research Environment (CADRE). Researchers will gain access via a secure cloud-based platform to large datasets for data and text mining. Indiana University Libraries and the Indiana University Network Science Institute led the effort to secure federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Watch a video of the Project.

Remembering the Rwanda Genocide Against the Tutsi 25 Years Later: A 360-degree Immersive Visualization Exhibit

MSU Libraries Area Studies has received an $6,200 campus Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant to fund the production of a documentary short film to be shown in the MSU Libraries' 360-degree Digital Scholarship Lab. The film and ancillary activities will commemorate the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi. The film will capture the interior of several prominent genocide memorial cites in Rwanda using 360-degree video technology and will include testimonial interviews with survivors of the genocide. The project will also create education modules and a library exhibit to accompany the film, along with pre- and post-viewing measures of the effects of the film and modules. The project will be overseen by MSU Libraries African and Ethnic Studies Librarian Erik Ponder.

Processing the Gladys-Marie Fry Papers

MSU Libraries Special Collections has received an $11,000 campus Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant to fund the processing and selective digitization of the Gladys-Marie Fry papers. Dr. Gladys-Marie Fry (1931-2015) was a leading scholar of African American quilts and folklore and her personal papers are a rich source on those topics. The approximately 80-linear ft. collection includes interview recordings and transcripts of survivors of slavery, drafts of her research and publications, correspondence, and other documentation of her professional and scholarly life. The project will be overseen by MSU Special Collections Archivist-Librarian Dr. Lydia Tang.

Preserving & Presenting the Visual Heritage of Dr. James R. Watson, Jr.

The MSU Libraries Turfgrass Information Center has received a grant from the Toro Foundation to systematically plan and begin the process of organizing,  preserving, and cataloging the James R. Watson, Jr. Slide Collection. A core element of the project enables a protocol for metadata creation and capture, resulting in a verification and normalization of variegated data sources.

Studies in Radicalism Online

With funding from an internal Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Development Grant, Michigan State University Libraries and the Journal for the Study of Radicalism (MSU Press) have partnered with the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) at Texas A & M University to develop a virtual research environment for radicalism studies known as SiRO (Studies in Radicalism Online). The goals of the Project are threefold:

  • to provide a virtual community for those engaged in the study of radicalism;
  • to meet emerging needs of this community, including making recommendations on technological and scholarly standards for electronic scholarship, the aggregation of data, and the ability to discover and repurpose this data;
  • to aggregate resources (both primary and secondary) relevant to radicalism studies.

Check the SiRO About page for more information.