Diversity Research Grant

About the Diversity Research Grant The ALA Office for Diversity began sponsorship in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

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2015 Winner(s)

Exploring library perceptions, reading habits and library usage of the South Asian Population in BC

to Aditi Gupta, information services librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries in Victoria, British Columbia, and Sarbijit Kaur Randhawa, Indic librarian at the University of British Columbia.

This project will provide an understanding of the reading needs and library usage among the growing South East Asian Community in the Metro Vancouver Area and the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The study will enable public libraries to better serve the needs of immigrant communities through a multitude of services accommodating language, community partnerships, collections, and programming.


Facilitating the Learning and Academic Performance of Student Veterans

to Dr. Win Shih, EdD director of integrated library systems, and Eduardo Tinoco, business librarian both from the University of Southern California.

This project will utilize mixed-methods to examine library services to veteran student populations to understand information needs, library services, and challenges to working with this growing student population.  The research hopes to inform academic libraries, two- and four-year higher education institutions, and relevant governmental agencies on the needs of student veteran populations.


'We Don’t Employ Colored People in the Public Libraries:’ The Baltimore Civil Rights Movement & the Color Line Behind the Desk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1926-1946

to Dr. Gregory Bond, PhD. He completed his MLS in 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison school of library and information studies and works as an archivist and historian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

This project will look at the struggle of African-Americans to train and subsequently be employed in the Enoch Pratt Free Library System in Baltimore, Maryland.  The project will add to the research by examining the long fought struggle for a more inclusive library system and will ultimately provide a digital repository of documents related to the events for future researchers.