Home for the IMLS Grant RE-72-17-0103-17 - “RE:Search” - Unpacking the Algorithms That Shape Our UX. Deliverables include a teaching curriculum, syllabus, and a software prototype that demonstrates algorithms in action.
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The Montana State University Library has received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program planning grant under the National Digital Platform category to conduct an environmental scan of the field’s knowledge of algorithms, develop a proof of concept search application employing common algorithms, and create an Open Education Resource (OER) curriculum and pilot class that will be taught to librarians to improve our digital literacy around the algorithms that define our online experiences and shape our world.
The planning grant will primarily support releasing a curriculum focused on algorithmic awareness; teaching a pilot course on algorithmic awareness for librarians; developing a proof of concept application showing algorithms in practice; engaging with experts in the field to shape the curriculum via 1 online sessions and an in-person meeting; conducting testing/evaluation of librarian and library patron’s awareness of algorithms and their role in our digital experiences; and traveling for project discussion and dissemination. This year-long project has three phases.