Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 379.
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Subject: IMLS RFP for Major User Study
News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
December 11, 2002
IMLS Request for Proposals
National Study of Users and Potential Users of Online Information
This RFP is clearly of major significance as the results could be of great
practical importance in designing the delivery of networked cultural resources.
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Request for Project Proposals
To Conduct a National Study of Users and Potential Users of Online
Award amount: up to $500,000
Deadline for submission: February 1, 2003
Award announcement: mid-September 2003
Grant period: 2 years beginning September 30, 2003
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals for
a project to conduct a large national study of the information needs and
expectations of users and potential users of online information, and of
the impacts of having such information. Online information includes but
is not limited to information that is currently available online through
libraries, museums and other cultural heritage institutions, and the
Internet. The study will include a survey of user needs, which should
include both current and potential user segments for online information,
including students at all levels, teachers, parents, researchers, and
other categories of adults. The project will be carried out in
collaboration with IMLS. IMLS intends to make a single award for this
IMLS wishes the study to provide data and recommendations about:
* content that should be made available online to meet information and
enterprise needs of the public, using broad definitions of both information
and public; and
* mechanisms and resources necessary to efficiently and effectively connect
users to that content.
Applicants may request up to $500,000 for this project. No cost sharing
is required because the project meets the IMLS criteria for research.
However, the cost proposal, including any cost sharing, will be considered
as an evaluation factor.
Only institutions and organizations that meet the IMLS National Leadership
Grant criteria for eligible library applicants are eligible to apply.
This includes all types of libraries except federal and for-profit
libraries. Eligible libraries include public, school, academic, special,
private (not-for-profit), archives, library agencies, and library
consortia. In addition, research libraries that give the public access to
services and materials suitable for scholarly research not otherwise
available to the public and that are not part of a university or college
are eligible. Institutions of higher education, including public and
not-for-profit universities and colleges, are also eligible. Graduate
schools of library and information science may apply as part of an
institution of higher education. Library applicants may apply
individually or as partners.
IMLS recognizes the potential of for-profit entities as well as public,
non-profit, and non-US entities to contribute to this project. Although
such entities may not serve as the official applicants, they are
encouraged to participate as partners.
Terms and Conditions
This project will be carried out through a Cooperative Agreement with
IMLS. Except as otherwise stated in this Request for Proposals, all terms
and conditions of IMLS National Leadership Grants will apply. The
proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria, selected from the
2003 National Leadership Grant Guidelines, pages 3.2 and 3.3, available at
The proposal should include the following:
A plan for collecting and analyzing relevant existing literature and
results of previous studies;
A preliminary outline of a proposed survey design, including discussion
of the methodology for identifying survey participants; for selecting
appropriate survey methodologies (including but not limited to focus
groups, telephone, online and mail surveys, etc.); and for development of
the survey instrument(s);
A budget of up to $15,000 for three to five persons to contribute to the
project by working with the successful applicant and its partners to
ensure that the survey design, implementation, analysis of results,
dissemination of results, and project evaluation meet the needs of the
library and museum communities.
A budget of up to $25,000 for an additional group of up to 12 persons to
contribute to the project by providing comments on the survey design,
implementation, analysis, and dissemination plans. This group will include
representatives of libraries and museums designated by IMLS and including
non-U.S. institutions that have conducted or are interested in conducting
related projects; and
A proposed timetable for preliminary and interim meetings and for
activities and deliverables including the proposed survey design, testing
and implementation of the survey, analysis and dissemination of results,
and project evaluation.
Deadline and Requirements for Submission
Proposals must be postmarked by February 1, 2003 (see page 4.9 of the
Guidelines for instructions). Applicants must comply with all
requirements for preparing and submitting the application specified in the
2003 National Leadership Grant guidelines.
Review and Award Process
IMLS will determine whether an applicant is eligible and whether an
application is complete. All eligible and complete applications will be
competitively reviewed by individual field review and/or panel review.
Reviewers will be drawn from professionals in the field and from the areas
of expertise required. The IMLS Director will make funding decisions
based on evaluations by reviewers, the stated priorities for funding, and
the overall goals of the National Leadership Grant program and of IMLS.
The award will be announced mid-September 2003.
The award will be for a maximum of two years, beginning September 30, 2003
and ending September 30, 2005.
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