Application Process

Call for Nominations: 2017 Librarians’ Research Institute Participants

Extended deadline: January 16, 2017

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is pleased to announce the 2017 Librarians’ Research Institute (LRI) will be hosted by Western University (June 12 – 15, 2017). The Institute’s focus is to forge relationships with other librarian-researchers, which is essential to developing and promoting Canadian librarians’ research activities and to creating a research infrastructure within Canadian libraries.

Call for Participants

We are now accepting nominations for participants for the 2017 Librarians’ Research Institute. These participants will attend a four-day Institute at Western University. This Institute will be geared toward taking current research skills to the next level, building upon current research interests, and making connections with other researching academic librarians, from across Canada. Participants should possess the following:

  • Some experience in research beyond the MLIS degree, such as producing a conference presentation, an article or a research grant.
  • A foundational knowledge of research methodologies and skills, such as proposal writing, literature reviews, developing research questions, using different research methodologies, analyzing data, assessing ethical issues, etc.
  • An eagerness and openness to develop one’s own skills, share ideas with others, provide feedback and support to others’ research endeavours.
  • An interest in taking the energy and enthusiasm for research gained at the institute back to their home institution.

The Institute will take place over four days, and will include activities such as plenary sessions; panel discussions with Peer Mentors; small group discussions; small group and individual activities; individual reflection and assessment; consultations with Peer Mentors, individual writing time; peer workshops; and final presentations of work completed during the Institute. Upon completion of the Institute, participants will leave with the following:

  • A positive outlook on the possibilities for research and a recognition of the habits of mind that enable good research practices.
  • A broader understanding of librarian research processes and an awareness of the research being undertaken by librarians at Canadian libraries.
  • Connections with other academic librarians working on scholarly research projects at libraries across Canada.

Nomination and Application Process

Registration is limited to 30 participants. Applications from all Canadian libraries are welcome, however, priority will be given to CARL member libraries.

Registrants / participants must submit a nomination package which will include the following:

  • a current CV
  • a short description of why the participant wishes to attend
  • a brief outline of the research project/research question the participant is exploring, and;
  • a letter of endorsement from the Library Dean/Director.

Nomination packages should be sent to the attention of Katherine McColgan (, on or before December 31, 2016.

Participants will be announced and follow-up information about the Institute will be sent in early spring. Prior to attending the Institute, participants will be asked to submit a short overview of their research background, and their current research interests.


CARL members: $650
Non-members: $850

Fees include all workshop materials, breakfast, lunch, and breaks for the duration of the workshop. Travel, accommodation and other expenses are the responsibility of the participant.