Contact: Tracie D. Hall
Director Office of Diversity 

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2004   

ALA awards 2004 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity is delighted to announce the 2004 recipients of its Diversity Research Grant. Grant recipients will receive a $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present research findings at ALA's 2005 Annual Conference in Chicago.

Each year the Office for Diversity and the Diversity Research Grant Jury identify three areas of scholarship where research is needed, one proposal is chosen from within each topic for a total of three awards. Recipients are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and are asked to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the ALA.

This year's recipients are:

Elizabeth L. Marcoux, assistant professor, University of Washington
Marcoux's research proposal submitted under Research Topic 1- Diversity and Library Service to Children, is designed to establish a template for use in discovering aspects of tribal children's literature that may contribute to its accessibility and proliferation as a communication mechanism for cultural dissemination of tribal interests. 

Jane Karp, project director, Library Elderly Outreach (LEO)
Selected under Topic 2- Equity of Access and Diverse Populations, Karp's LEO project, based out of the St. Johns County Public Library System in St. Augustine, Fla., will develop a comprehensive bedside laptop computer course to serve institutionalized older adults who are confined to bed, immobile or with great orthopedic impairments.  The project's target group has tremendous difficulty in accessing and utilizing library computer resources because of the degenerating health that affects mobility, hearing, sight, sitting and walking abilities. 

Kyung-Sun Kim, assistant professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Selected for its research properties under Research Topic 3 - Recruitment and Retention of Library and Information Studies (LIS) Students and Faculty, Kim's project, "Recruiting and retaining minorities for LIS schools: perspectives from the minorities," will assess what LIS schools and other library/information professional associations have been doing for the recruitment and retention of minority students, from the minorities' point of view. The project's objectives are to identify successful and unsuccessful strategies that LIS schools and other related associations have used for recruiting and retaining minority students. The project will provide suggestions to improve the recruitment and retention of minority students; which will ultimately contribute to the ethnic/cultural diversity in librarianship.  Kim will also use a Web survey method to collect data. 

For more information on the Diversity Research Grants, please visit the Office for Diversity's Web site: .