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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2019 Winner(s)

Cultural Competency Awareness of Ni-Vanuatu Librarians and Vanuatu Libraries Contribution to Vibrant Cultural Identity

to Dr. Reysa Alenzuela at the University of the South Pacific Emalus Campus (School of Law), Republic of Vanuatu.

This project can provide a baseline data on the applicability of ALA Diversity Standards in the Pacific. This project hopes to open doors for future collaboration and to strengthen advocacy for advancing the role of libraries in the national agenda.


Integration of Library Use Data with Campus Learning Analytics for Student Success

to Holly Yu at California State University, Los Angeles

Recent scholarship has documented growing interests in identifying correlations or associations between the use of library services and resources and improved student GPA and retention. However, such studies have not specifically focused on the firstā€generation, Pell eligible, and underserved student population. This correlational study will target at this student population at California State University, Los Angeles. Specifically, the study will assess whether the use of library online resources, participation in information literacy sessions, and material borrowing contribute to reduced withdrawal rate, improved GPA, and increased retention among these students.


Library Staff and Drag Queen Perspectives and Decision-Making About Drag Queen Storytimes

to a research team at the University of Kentucky.

Results will provide much needed insight regarding whether, how, and why public libraries implement drag queen storytimes and have implications for informing public libraries' decisions to host such programs.