First CAUL-CBUA Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant Awarded

Gillian Byrne

In 2011, The Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l'Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA) created the Collaborative Research & Innovation Grant. The annual grant is intended to encourage collaborative research across the academic libraries in the region, proposing solutions to practical questions as well as projects which involve structured evidence-based research.  The grant also encourages projects of regional interest and research partnerships between practitioners, educators, and students.

CAUL-CBUA recently awarded the grant for the first time, to Laura Syms of Cape Breton University and Kathleen Gadd, University of New Brunswick (Saint John).

Laura Syms, MLIS, with her research partner Margaret Dechman, PhD, of Cape Breton University were awarded a grant of $1000 for their study entitled, Factors Influencing Undergraduate Social Science Faculty Members’ Decision to Use Quantitative Data in the Classroom.  The qualitative study will explore why faculty members choose to use quantitative data in research and instruction, with the aim of informing the development of a data literacy program that can be easily transferable to other institutions, including those in CAUL-CBUA.

Laura Syms welcomed the grant, noting that, “CAUL’s support will pay a student to transcribe faculty interviews and assist with the coding et.al. for thematic analysis.  Receiving this funding means that we will be able to carry out the research using our preferred methodology and do it in a timely manner.”

Kathleen Gadd, MLIS, along with the research team of Robyn Butcher, MLIS, Martin MacKinnon, MD, and Denise Leblanc-Duchin, PhD, of the Horizon Health Network were awarded a grant of $1000 for their study evaluating point-of-care medical applications for mobile devices. A collaborative study involving librarians and medical residents, it aims to determine the most effective point-of-care mobile applications. The researchers hope that both the results and the methodology will be applicable to other CAUL-CBUA libraries supporting a medical program.

"This research grant is an opportunity for CAUL-CBUA to encourage and support our academic librarians in areas of research interests that are collaborative and practice based”, said Lynne Murphy, University Librarian at St. Francis Xavier University and chair of the selection committee. “The inaugural grant awarded this year embodies the underlying philosophy of the award.  My congratulations to both recipients."

For more information on the grant, visit http://caul-cbua.ca/research_grant or contact Gillian Byrne, Manager of CAUL-CBUA at gbyrne@caul-cbua.ca