Call for Participants for CARL’s 2024 Librarians’ Research Institute

March 14, 2024 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is now accepting nominations for participants for the 2024 Librarians’ Research Institute. These participants will attend a four-day Institute hosted by Université Laval (June 3-6, 2024), which 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 (for example: producing a conference presentation, an article, or a research grant) or a strong interest in the development of personal research knowledge and skills;
  • 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 include activities such as plenary sessions, panel discussions with peer mentors, small group discussions, individual reflection and assessment, consultations with peer mentors, individual writing time, and peer workshops. Upon completion of the Institute, participants will leave with the following:

  • A better understanding of 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.

The 2024 LRI will be led by the following peer mentor team:

  • Michelle Brown, co-chair, Head, Learning & Student Success, University of Ottawa
  • Daniela Zavala-Mora, co-chair, Bibliothécaire disciplinaire, Université Laval
  • Catherine Lachaîne, Student Success Librarian, University of Ottawa
  • Michael David Miller, Associate Librarian and Liaison Librarian, McGill University
  • Gaston Quirion, Bibliothécaire, statistiques et données d’enquêtes, Université Laval

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.

Applicants 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 Julie Morin ().

Application deadline extended to April 11.

Note that the 2024 LRI will be delivered in French

Before attending the workshop, participants will be asked to provide an overview of their research experience and/or research interests.

Fees : 650 $

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.

For more information:

Julie Morin
Senior Program Officer, CARL