For immediate release | June 18, 2012

Chabrán named 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree

CHICAGO — Richard Chabrán, adjunct professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona, has been named the 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity are pleased to recognize Mr. Chabrán for his contributions to the profession and his promotion of diversity within it. The Office for Diversity began designating this honor in 2004.

Chabrán has had a full career in libraries, including work at the Chicano Studies Library at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. His professional career has also focused on digital issues, including director of the Center for Virtual Research, University of California, Riverside and a founder and Policy Advisor of the California Broadband Policy Network. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona, working closely with their Knowledge River Program. Chabrán is a member of the Latino Digital Content Working Group, REFORMA and the American Library Association Digital Content and Libraries Working Group.
Chabrán’s numerous articles and book chapters focus on digital inclusion and the digital divide, globalization and culture and Chicano discourse. Selected co-authored publications include: "California’s Teleconnect Fund: Making Broadband Affordable to Nonprofits"; "Wired for Wireless: Toward Digital Inclusion and Next Generation Government–Led Wireless Networks"; and "Preparing Ethnic Non-Profits for the 21st Century." He is a contributing Editor of the "Latino Encyclopedia" and a founder of The Chicano Database.
Chabrán received his masters in library and information studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chabrán will be recognized as the Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Chabrán will receive the honor and make opening remarks during the “DiversiTea” program.
ALA’s Office for Diversity offers thanks to the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee for their work in selecting the 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree: Robert J. Bremer (chair), Eileen K. Bosch, Nicole A. Branch, Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Denyvetta Davis, Kim L. Eccles, Michael Gutierrez, Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Cheryl Knott and R. Niccole Westbrook.
For more information on the Achievement in Library Diversity Research and the Diversity Research Grants Program, please visit


Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Interim Director

Office for Diversity & Spectrum