If you have more good ideas for research and evaluation projects than funding, be aware that Keith is available to assist you in identifying potential funders and preparing grant proposals. While he is available to work on such projects as a researcher or evaluator, he is also available strictly as a researcher of funding sources and a proposal writer.
In 2018, Keith and colleague Debra E. Kachel of Antioch University Seattle published a series of articles about the declining numbers of school librarians reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). These analyses revealed serious questions about how librarians are counted by schools; how their jobs are structured, titled, and perceived; and a myriad of powerful factors affecting the status of school librarians and public education generally nationwide. Through Deb’s institution, Antioch University Seattle, they are seeking a National Leadership Grant for Research in Service to Practice from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to support a three-year national study called SLIDE: The School Librarian Investigation–Decline or Evolution? Support for this study is unprecedented, as the proposal was accompanied by letters of commitment to provide specific types of local support for the study from state library associations and agencies in 49 states. The fate of this proposal should be known by late summer 2020. If funded, the study will begin in September 2020 and run through August 2023.
In 2018, Keith collaborated with Diane Walden, Institutional Library Development Coordinator at the Colorado State Library to produce and submit to the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) successful preliminary and final proposals for a National Leadership Grant to plan the PRISM study. This grant is being managed by the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC).
In October 2011, Keith facilitated a conversation among stakeholders of the Limitless Libraries project, a partnership of Nashville Public Library and the Metropolitan Nashville School District. As a result of this conversation, he assisted them in pursuing grant support from the mayor’s office to study the impact of the Limitless Libraries project on students and other beneficiaries.
In July and August 2011, Keith assisted staff at the Anythink Libraries in developing a proposal to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a Learning Labs in Libraries grant. This grant program is a partnership between IMLS, the Urban Libraries Council, and the MacArthur Foundation. This proposal was successful, and the project was undertaken during 2012-13.