Six 2017 Summer Innovation Grants Announced

Six 2017 Summer Innovation Grants Announced

Photo of a woman wearing the HoloLens Headgear
The Microsoft HoloLens Headgear

A total of $40,000 has been made available this summer for internal, competitive innovation grants. The purpose of the Summer Innovation Grants is to support MSU Libraries faculty and staff members who want to create or improve a service, a body of content, and/or a space (real world, online space, virtual world, mixed reality, augmented reality, etc). All six submitted proposals were funded. Raegan Wiechert will continue her good work enabling users to search by genre terms. Shannon Mawhiney will add equipment to the Digitization Lab to digitize VHS tapes for preservation and access. Jim Coombs will continue digitizing rare maps of the region, ranging in time from the Civil War to the Roaring Twenties. Bill Edgar and the research team working on the “information anthropological” study of MSU faculty will be able to get their interviews transcribed for further analysis. Tammy Stewart will use a portable computer to continue weeding microfiche versions of U.S. government documents. Jan Johnson will lead an effort to expand our cutting edge tech services by adding robots and Microsoft HoloLens headgear. 


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