Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant - proposals due by Jan. 8

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/05/2013


Norman Rose

Program Officer


American Library Association


CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

  • originality of the research question(s);
  • innovative quality of the project and/or use of technology in a new way;
  • cooperative nature of the project;
  • institutional commitment to the project.

Any ALA member may apply for the grant.  The Jury would welcome projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is funded by the American Library Association. The award was donated by Eric R. Baber, Newton, Kan., in honor of his father, who was library director at Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) for 27 years.  Baber died in January 1991, leaving ALA an endowment to support the award in perpetuity. 

For more information about the grant, submitting proposals and requirements of the recipient(s), please visit