Research Sprints are a faculty support concept developed by the University of Kansas (KU). Sprints offer faculty the opportunity to partner with a team of expert librarians on a specific project or component of a larger project. Faculty submit a mini-proposal defining the scope of their project and how they imagine a team of librarians fitting into that project. Once selected, the faculty and their team of librarians work intensively for 4 – 5 days to produce a tangible product or outcome.
The overarching goal of Research Sprints is to foster positive relationships between libraries and academic departments, perform targeted outreach that highlights the skillsets of librarians, and advance research and pedagogical endeavors within universities. After KU and the University of Minnesota (UMN) successfully implemented Research Sprints at their respective schools, they partnered to design a Research Sprints Toolkit to guide other libraries through the process.