Research Sprints offer University of Miami U-LINK Teams the opportunity to partner with a team of library experts on a component of their broader U-LINK project. Each Research Sprint will take place over the course of two days to address the U-LINK Team's project-based obstacle and deliver a tangible plan or outcome. Two U-LINK Teams will be offered Research Sprints in the 2020-21 Academic Year. For the 2020-21 Academic Year, Research Sprints will be held online. An application submission is required.
Want to know how Research Sprints might be able to help your project? Have questions before applying? Pre-application consultations are available. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What Exactly Are Research Sprints?
Research Sprints dedicate time for team-based problem solving and/or brainstorming. University of Miami Libraries’ Sprints aim to foster engaging and equitable collaborations that advance interdisciplinary research for the public good. Each member of the Sprint Team brings unique ideas, creativity, and expertise that are essential to building projects and connections during this period and beyond. We believe that the expertise of librarians and other specialists can enrich the goals and outcomes of interdisciplinary research.
Sprints differ from standard library consultations in their timing and depth of interaction, in their orientation to interdisciplinary research and public scholarship, and in their aim to build sustainable campus and community connections. Sprints are a service that is being piloted as part of the planning for our future Faculty Research Commons.
Potential project areas include, but are not limited to:
Access to rare and unique primary sources in archives and special collections
Creativity tools and technologies
Data analysis, data deposits, and data management
Journal submission and review workflows
Literature searching and systematic reviews
Scholarly profile management
Visualization and mapping
How To Apply
To complete the application, please respond to the following prompts through the application questionnaire (also linked at the top of this page):
DESCRIPTION: Describe the primary goals of the proposed Sprint within the context of the larger U-LINK award.
VALUE: Describe the value of resolving this obstacle your U-LNK Team faces.
RATIONALE: Describe reasons for partnering with the UM Library on this particular Sprint. Which library services, resources, and specialists do you think might be vital to success? (If you don’t yet know, that’s okay too.)
SCALE: Why do you think this Sprint can be completed by a small team working intensely over a period of two days?
AVAILABILITY: Would a majority of your U-LINK Team be available to meet in consecutive sessions over a two-day period? (We will work with the team to schedule the sessions.)
1. How can the two days of Research Sprint time be allocated?
The two days of time can back-back days, divided into parts, and/or spread across an academic semester.
2. Can the proposed Research Sprint take less than two days?
Yes! If you want to do a one day, or half day, Research Sprint, we can work with you to accommodate your goals and schedule.
3. How do I identify librarians and experts to include in my Research Sprint planning process?
You can review a list of our experts (link). In addition, you can browse our research guides (link) for inspiration.