Diversity Research Grant

About the Diversity Research Grant The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program which began in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.

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2016 Winner(s)

American-Style Research

to Frans Albarillo, assistant professor and librarian, Brooklyn College.

This project explores foreign-born students’ perception of research practices in the United States using in-depth semi-structured interviews, building on responses to an initial survey question administered by librarian Frans Albarillo in fall 2014 in which 50 percent of respondents believed there was an “American way” of doing research. The interviews focus on concepts such as plagiarism, library services, piracy, and copyright and will help librarians understand the experiences of foreign-born students.


Bilingual Family: Reaching the Next Generation of Immigrants and their Families through Public Library Services

to Kelly Von Zee, head of community engagement, and Elizabeth Lynch, teen services coordinator for Addison Public Library.

This project will be used to improve the programs and services offered to immigrants and their families at public libraries.


Creating a Model Policy for Trans-inclusiveness in the Libraries

to Tessa White, service desk manager, at the University of Texas, Arlington and Brett D. Currier, ‎digital scholarship librarian and library manager at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

This project will examine existing library polices, civil rights settlement agreements and best practices for transgender individuals to draft a model policy for libraries. This research will raise awareness of policies and best practices for other institutions to adopt.