Office for Research & Statistics

Michelle Reed wins the 2016 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

CHICAGO — Michelle Reed has been named the 2016 winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for her project entitled “Undergraduates Speak: Our Rights & Access.” The $3,000 grant supports innovative research that could lead to an improvement in library services to any specific group of people.  The award was donated by Eric R.

Steven A. Knowlton receives the 2016 Justin Winsor essay award from the Library History Round Table

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Steven A. Knowlton the 2016 Justin Winsor Prize. The award, $500 and a certificate, is presented annually to the author of an outstanding essay embodying original historical research on a significant subject of library history. The winning essay will be considered for publication in "Information & Culture: A Journal of History." The award is named in honor of the distinguished 19th century librarian, historian and bibliographer who was also ALA's first president.

New report looks to future of libraries building digitally inclusive communities

Washington, D.C. – A new report explores the ways in which libraries throughout the nation are leading the way in building digitally inclusive communities that support individual opportunity and community progress.

ALA, BISG announce results of new joint study on print, digital library usage

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) have released the results of their first joint research initiative, “Digital Content in Public Libraries: What Do Patrons Think?” Library patrons were asked about preferences for print or digital formats, collection assessment, preferred devices and other issues that affect the use and distribution of published content in public libraries. The study will serve as a tool to furthering the understanding of the e-book marketplace.  

Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals for 2015 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide.

Loleta D. Fyan, ALA President 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".

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals for 2015 award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is accepting applications from innovative researchers for the annual Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The $3,000 grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct research, over the course of one year, that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.
The proposed project will aim to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

2015 Baber Grant awarded to Rider University project to evaluate teaching model in information literacy

CHICAGO – Sharon Q. Yang, Ma Lei Hsieh and Susan McManimon of Rider University are the 2015 winners of the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for the project entitled “Experimenting with I-Learn Model and Its Impact on Students’ Learning.”

The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant focuses on a pressing national issue that is of importance to library service, and the award committee felt that this project – the application of a new information use and teaching model to library instruction –  fit the criteria well.

Smithville's cooperative humanities project 'Enriching Education' wins 2015 Loleta D. Fyan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has awarded the 2015 Loleta D. Fyan Award to the Smithville Public Library’s project, “Enriching Education: Joining the Humanities with the Community of Learners.”

Mapping Inclusion: Public Library Technology and Community Needs

CHICAGO — As economic, education, health and other disparities grow, equitable access to and participation in the online environment is essential for success. And yet, communities and individuals find themselves at differing levels of readiness in their ability to access and use the Internet, engage a range of digital technologies and get and create digital content.


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