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Rutgers Assistant Professor Chirag Shah Awarded IMLS 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Award


New Brunswick (USA) – “The School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, is proud to announce that Assistant Professor Chirag Shah is the recipient of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries award for the project “Online Q&A in STEM Education: Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd.” The project received $491,973.00 in funding. The three-year research project, starting in fall 2016, will be led by the principal investigator (PI) Shah, in partnership with co-PI Rich Gazan, associate professor at the University of Hawaii. The project addresses the growing need for investigating people’s online question-answering (Q&A) behavior and the quality assessment method applied by experts to augment learning experiences of students, specifically in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. It will serve libraries and librarians, as well as students and educators in STEM classes. The project will integrate crowdsourced information and the wisdom of librarians and other information professionals to enhance the experience of STEM learners.
The outcomes will provide mechanisms through which current informational services (e.g. virtual referencing) could obtain broader applicability and sustainability with new applications in education contexts.
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