Diversity Research and Statistics

The ALA Office for Diversity sponsors the Diversity Research Grant program to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

ALA Reports

  • ALA Member Demographics Survey
    By undertaking this member survey ALA takes a big step toward knowing itself and being able to describe itself to others. Access articles on the findings to date, locate the rfp for research studies, and take the survey.
  • Diversity Counts
    In October of 2006, the American Library Association (ALA) released "Diversity Counts," a comprehensive study of gender, race and age in the library profession. The study was conducted by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics, ALA Office for Diversity and Decision Demographics, a research firm based in Arlington, Va. and confirms the need for continued recruitment of people of color.
  • Serving Non-English Speakers in U.S. Public Libraries
    Study provides new information about library services and programs developed for non-English speakers, including effectiveness of services, barriers to library use, most frequently used services and most success library programs by language served.