Short Stacks 2018

Research Sprints fuel Grand Challenges research

Kate Derickson
Kate Derickson

This past January, a team of University of Minnesota librarians spent a full week — distraction free — partnering with U of M faculty on their Grand Challenges research, helping them focus deeply on their research. It’s all part of the Libraries’ Research Sprints program, now entering its third year

Associate Professor Kate Derickson, Department of Geography, worked with the Libraries Research Sprints team on her Grand Challenges project, called CREATE, which supports solutions-oriented research and graduate training to assure clean water and foster just and equitable communities.

Says Derickson: “I would say to any faculty member or graduate student, or undergrad: If you’re not working with the Libraries, you’re missing a whole piece of what this university has to offer.”

Libraries lead on the launch of the Data Curation Network

Lisa JohnstonThe Libraries are leading a three-year, multi-institutional effort to launch the Data Curation Network. Backed by a $526,438 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the launch will build on previous research to better support researchers faced with a growing number of requirements to openly and ethically share their research data.

The project is led by the Libraries’ Lisa Johnston and brings together seven partner universities who will work together to implement a cross-institutional staffing support system.


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