Cathleen J. Bourdon
CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant. Loleta D. Fyan, ALA president from 1951-1952, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship."
The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project(s) criteria specifies that it:
- must result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide;
- must have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need;
- should be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and
- should be capable of completion within one year.
Applicants can include but are not limited to local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the ALA, library schools or individuals. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 3, 2010.
For more information about the grant, submitting proposals and requirements of the recipient(s), please visit