May 19, 2022

University of Arizona Libraries Receives $750,000 Mellon Grant to “Support Research and Storytelling on U.S.-Mexico Border”

From the University of Arizona:

The University of Arizona has received a $750,000, three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to integrate library services into data-intensive research to produce open-access humanities scholarship on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.


The project, “Aligning Library Services with Data-Intensive Humanities Research: Modeling Support for Open Scholarship through Data Storytelling and Digital Publishing on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” will disburse grants to research teams at the University of Arizona through a competitive process. Funded projects will employ a portfolio of University Libraries services and expertise encompassing scholarly communication, open access, data management and curation, data science, text and data mining, GIS and distinctive archival collections on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.


University Libraries – the unit that houses campus libraries, Special Collections and the University of Arizona Press – is “uniquely positioned to make these advancements in how academic libraries can simultaneously integrate into faculty research workflows, advance borderlands research, and facilitate the use of open access to maximize global access to the resulting scholarship,” said Shan Sutton, dean of University Libraries.

Sutton is the principal investigator for the project; the co-principal investigators are Megan Senseney, head of the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, and Verónica Reyes-Escudero, head of Special Collections.

The project will provide open access to all of its research findings, including the use of data storytelling methods, to engage both academic and popular audiences while establishing a unified portfolio of data-focused library services that can inform the development of similar models at other academic libraries.

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