ALA Offers Opportunities Regarding Diversity

ALA Diversity Research Grants Deadline Extended to May 1, 2004

The deadline to submit proposals for the 2004-5 ALA Diversity Research Grants has been extended to May, 1st, 2004.

2004-2005 Diversity Research Grant proposals should address one of the following three topics:

  • Recruitment & Retention of Minority Students and/or Faculty in Graduate Schools of Library and Information Science
  • Equity of Access and Diverse Populations
  • Diversity and Library Services to Children

The ALA Office for Diversity began sponsorship of the Diversity Research Grant program in 2002 to address critical gaps in diversity-related research within library and information science. The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. Three grants are awarded each year.

Persons submitting a proposal must be current members of the American Library Association. Individuals not presently members of ALA but wishing to submit a proposal should visit the Membership Website for more information on the benefits of joining ALA. Membership ID numbers must accompany proposals. Only proposals demonstrating relevance to the year's designated research topics will be considered.

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Deadline Extended to April 30, 2004 for Diversity Fair Applications

The American Library Association has extended its deadline inviting conference attendees from all types of libraries to exhibit their diversity in action ideas during the 7th Annual Diversity Fair, Saturday, June 26, 2004, 3 to 5 pm during the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. The Diversity Fair celebrates extraordinary examples of diversity in Americas libraries, and will showcase local library programs on the Conference Exhibit Floor.

Prizes for the Best of Show will be awarded. They include a first place $500, second place $200 and third place $50 DEMCO gift certificate. Displays will be judged on creativity, visual appeal and stated impact on local community.

Library staff may enter programs in one of the following "service to" categories: Bookmobile Communities; Rural and Small Libraries; Seniors and Homebound; People with Disabilities; Poor and Homeless; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgendered People; Immigrants & ESL; Communities of Color (Native American, Asian Pacific, African American and Latino/Hispanic); Adult and New & Non Readers; and Incarcerated People & Ex-Offenders.

April 30, 2004 is the new deadline to submit applications which can be found on the Diversity Fair Web page. Exhibits are free and include a table and display board. Applications may be e-mailed to, faxed to 312-280-3256, or mailed to the attention of Tanga Morris, ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. For further information regarding the Diversity Fair, please contact Tanga Morris at 800-545-2433, Ext. 4294, or by e-mail

OLOS supports and promotes literacy and equity of information access initiatives for traditionally underserved populations. These populations include new and non-readers, people geographically isolated, people with disabilities, rural and urban poor people, and people generally discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, language and social class.

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