SISLT Research & Development projects are housed in the Allen Institute, named in honor of Dr. Bryce L. Allen who was recognized as an excellent instructor and ground-breaking researcher in SISLT during the period 1996 – 2001. The Allen Institute offers an infrastructure of support and a collaborative space wherein the vital inquiry of SISLT can be enhanced. Bryce Allen represented the best of collaboration and creative research; the goal of The Allen Institute is to continue in this noble tradition.

Catalysts for Community Health (C4CH)

URL: https://c4ch.missouri.edu/
Point of Contact: Jenny Bossaller at BossallerJ@missouri.edu
Catalysts for Community Health (C4CH) is a three-year project grant to develop an interdisciplinary community health information curriculum and create a network of practice throughout the Midwest focused on meeting information needs for low-income and rural communities. Specific aims are to create information and curricular resources, develop health information outreach and programming skills with collaborators and students, train a student cohort to lead community health information networks, and expand a community empowerment framework to library education.

Creativity throughout the Curriculum: Educational Practices to Build the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow.

URL: https://engineering.missouri.edu/2019/07/creativity-based-curriculum-to-build-on-initial-success/
Point of Contact: Johannes Strobel at strobelj@missouri.edu
The nation’s economy and security require an engineering workforce that can design, manufacture, test, and deploy effective solutions to urgent, complex problems. In addition to developing traditional engineering skills, this workforce must also gain skills in innovation and creativity. This project aims to address this need by investigating a new paradigm of engineering education that integrates the foundations of science, engineering, problem-solving, and critical thinking with training in creative thinking, which is the foundation of innovation.

Digital Journalism Curation

URL: https://showme.missouri.edu/2019/saving-history-from-disappearing/
Point of Contact: Sarah Buchanan at buchanans@missouri.edu
The shift to digital publishing has put born-digital primary source materials at risk as technology platforms proliferate and grow more complex. Researchers at MU investigate and document the key technology systems and production steps in use at contemporary news organizations to analyze and share how digital preservation policies and practices can be established within the news industry.

Public Broadcasting Preservation

URL: https://pbpf.americanarchive.org/
Point of Contact: Sarah Buchanan at buchanans@missouri.edu
MLIS students gain hands-on experience in audiovisual preservation, collaborating with KOPN Community Radio and the WGBH Educational Foundation to digitize public media materials and provide access in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting at https://americanarchive.org/special_collections/kopn-women. Our work supports multigenerational diversity research and prepares graduates for audiovisual archival careers.

STEM Education in Rural America

URL: https://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2018/1024-college-of-education-emints-national-center-awarded-22-4-million-to-help-rural-schools-in-missouri-and-kansas/
Point of Contact: Johannes Strobel at strobelj@missouri.edu
“STEM education in rural America faces the challenge of having many isolated teachers who do not have the support or resources to offer advanced STEM courses to interested students,” Strobel said. “These grants will allow us to expand our efforts to introduce innovative support techniques and technology to help STEM educators in rural areas, and could make a big difference for students who are curious about science and engineering.”

Venus Pompeiana Project

URL: https://www.archaeological.org/interactive-dig/pompeii-italy/
Point of Contact: Sarah Buchanan at buchanans@missouri.edu
Working with Data Archivist, Dr. Sarah Buchanan, iSchool students contribute to the digital archive presentation of archaeological artifacts, spatial data, and site photography.