Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) announces the availability of grants of up to $1,000 (funded by an ALCTS 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. Possible support 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 by funding assistance by a library school or information science student.
Literature reviews provide an essential professional service to practitioners, scholars, and students by identifying the key themes and the 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 coverage periods:
- acquisitions literature published 2012–2013
- serials literature published 2012–2013
Papers should be submitted no later than June 30, 2015. Grant recipients will be required to submit progress reports to the LRTS Editor in June and December each year.
The grant proposal must include:
- requester name, title, and contact information
- literature to be reviewed (see list above)
- requester’s credentials to write the literature review
- amount requested
- budget plan and rationale for how the funds will be expended
Proposals are due by March 31, 2014. Applications and inquiries should be submitted to Mary Beth Weber, LRTS Editor, email@example.com.