BLC Research Academy

The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) has partnered with Project Information Literacy (PIL), a nonprofit research institute, to develop and lead the innovative new BLC Research Academy on information literacy research and assessment. This year's Academy consists of a nine-month professional development program that is all-virtual and begins on August 2, 2021 and ends on April 30, 2022.

The inaugural class will consist of 12 Fellows selected from the BLC’s New England-based public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, state and special research libraries. All library workers in the BLC are eligible to apply.

The Academy’s teaching faculty seek Fellows interested in learning, improving, and gaining experience and confidence with collaborative research in the following areas:

  • information literacy research,
  • assessment, and/or
  • topics that Fellows define related to their particular areas of interest, such as usability, representation, design, structural racism, or critical librarianship.

Research issues do not have to apply directly to libraries or a Fellow’s institution.

The Academy's selection committee will use application responses to select Fellows according to the following criteria: balanced representation of BLC Consortium institutions; diversity in professional experiences, including career stage, experience with research, and job title. PIL is committed to selecting a diverse cohort of Fellows across all of the above criteria and also in terms of racial, ethnic identity, and gender expression. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submitting an application to be considered for this year's cohort is Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by 5 p.m. ET. If you have questions about the application, please contact Academy Director, Alison Head.

A majority of the costs associated with the BLC Research Academy are funded collectively by the consortium. There is an additional $300 program fee assessed upon individual member libraries for each admitted fellow from their institution. Program fee waivers/reductions are available upon request. If you have questions about fees, please contact Charlie Barlow.

For more information about the BLC Research Academy, please review the April 2021 announcement of the partnership with PIL.

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