For immediate release | December 20, 2016

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals for 2017 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:
  • originality of the research question(s);
  • a clearly defined research problem;
  • innovative quality of the project and/or use of technology in a new way;
  • cooperative nature of the project;
  • institutional commitment to the project;
  • practical value of the project for library users.
Any ALA member may apply, and the Jury would welcome projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher.
Deadline for submissions is Feb. 10, 2017. The jury will announce the award by late March.
The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is funded by the American Library Association.
For more information about the grant, carefully read the information on how to submit proposals and requirements of the recipient(s) at


Kelsey Henke

Program Officer

American Library Association

Office of Research and Statistics