The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program which was established in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science. Past recipients of ALA Diversity Research grants, along with their projects and resulting publications and presentations can be found in the ALA Awards Database.
For a summary of projects from all years please see: www.ala.org/research/larks/diversity/recipients/summary
Currently Funded ALA Diversity Research Grant Projects
- American-Style Research (2016) by Frans Albarillo, assistant professor and librarian, Brooklyn College This project explores foreign-born students’ perception of research practices in the United States using in-depth semi-structured interviews, building on responses to an initial survey in which 50 percent of respondents believed there was an “American way” of doing research. The interviews focus on concepts such as plagiarism, library services, piracy, and copyright and will help librarians understand the experiences of foreign-born students.
- Bilingual Family: Reaching the Next Generation of Immigrants and their Families through Public Library Services (2016) by Kelly Von Zee, head of community engagement, and Elizabeth Lynch, teen services coordinator for Addison Public Library This project is being used to improve the programs and services offered to immigrants and their families at public libraries.
- Black Girls Dreaming: Black Girls Analyzing and Evaluating Speculative Fiction by Black Authors by Stephanie Toliver and Mariah Parker of the University of Georgia. This project examines the current offerings of speculative fiction for black girls and create guidelines for literacy stakeholders and parents seeking to select books that explore creativity.
- Creating a Model Policy for Trans-inclusiveness in the Libraries Tessa White, service desk manager, at the University of Texas, Arlington and Brett D. Currier, digital scholarship librarian and library manager at Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City This project examines existing library polices, civil rights settlement agreements and best practices for transgender individuals to draft a model policy for libraries. This research seeks to raise awareness of policies and best practices for other institutions to adopt.
- Examining Youths of Color's Perceptions of Library Inclusiveness (2017) by Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell, professor, School of Information & Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Dr. Amelia N. Gibson, assistant professor, School of Information & Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This project seeks to develop preliminary guidelines that library staff can use to increase youth of color’s access to (and ownership of) the library as a learning space, a social space, and a public commons.
- Information Behaviors Among LGBTQ Students at Single-Sex HBCUs (2017) by Justin de la Cruz, unit head, E-Learning Technologies, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library; Amy Winfrey, electronic resources and serials librarian, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library; and Stephanie Solomon, assistant department head, Information & Research Services, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. This project studies information seeking and sharing behaviors of LGBTQ students attending HBCUs and seeks to identify common themes or shared experiences that may assist with the development of library services and outreach efforts.
- Information Needs and Barriers of Southeast Asian Refugee Undergraduates (2011) by Dr. Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, and Ashanti White, graduate student, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Through survey and focus groups, the project seeks to discover the information needs and access barriers of Burmese, Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese undergraduate students.
- Minority Student Experiences with Racial Microaggressions in the Academic Library (2017) by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Miriam E. Sweeney, assistant professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama. This project uses surveys and focus groups to garner further insight into the specific experiences surrounding racial microaggressions directed at racial and ethnic minority students in the context of accessing library spaces and services on campus.