Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) announces grant for literature review authors Birdie MacLennan 27 Feb 2010 22:15 UTC

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  Subject: announcement regarding grant for LRTS lit review authors

Please distribute this announcement widely.

LRTS  has received an ALA Carnegie Whitney grant to assist authors in
preparing literature reviews that will appear in LRTS. Attached is a
description and instruction for applying.

Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) announces the
availability of grants of up to $1,000 (funded by an ALA
Carnegie-Whitney Grant) to assist authors with preparing literature
reviews. The purpose of the grants is to provide funds that will be
used for clerical and research support, thereby allowing the author/s
to concentrate on analyzing the resources and writing the literature
review.  In this new grant program, recipients will be able to work
with the LRTS editor to determine appropriate uses.  Possible tasks
might be collecting citations, sorting and organizing citations by
themes and categories, locating and gathering resources to be
reviewed, verifying citations, funding purchases of articles not owned
by the home institution of the author, and so forth.  Funding also
could provide a mentoring opportunity in funding assistance by a
library school or information science student.

Highly cited, literature reviews provide an essential professional
service to practitioners, scholars and students by identifying the key
themes and most important publications appearing in successive two
year periods.  Books and articles by accredited scholars and
researchers, i.e., primarily peer-reviewed publications provide the
basis for a literature review.  A good literature review is
evaluative, selective and critical, and goes beyond summarizing and
quoting from the selected sources.   Literature reviews explain why
the sources cited are important and valuable, may compare them to
prior works, and create a structure that organizes the two year body
of content to make it comprehensible and to identify themes, not only
for those who have followed the developments it describes, but to
future researchers.  All sources referenced appear in the endnotes; a
separate bibliography is not published.  Although commissioned, LRTS
literature reviews go through the same double-blind peer review
process as unsolicited manuscripts.

LRTS seeks authors for the following topical areas and time frames:
*	Preservation literature 2009-2010
*	Cataloging and classification 2009-2010
*	Collection development and management 2009-2010
Authors currently preparing LRTS-commissioned literature reviews also
are welcome to apply for a grant if they provide a rationale
explaining how the funds will be used.
The grant proposal must include:
1.	Requester name, title, and contact information
2.	The literature to be reviewed (see list above)
3.	The requester’s credentials to write the literature review
4.	Amount requested
5.	Budget plan and rationale for how the funds will be expended

Proposals are by March 26, 2010.

Applications and inquiries should be submitted to Peggy Johnson, LRTS

Peggy Johnson, Associate University Librarian
Editor, Library Resources & Technical Services
Editor, Technicalities
University of Minnesota Libraries   voice:    612-624-2312
499 Wilson Library                   fax:     612-626-9353
309  19th Ave. So.            
Minneapolis MN 55455