For immediate release | January 27, 2012

ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2012-2013 Diversity Research Grant proposals

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations, that addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is April 30, 2012. Applicants must be current ALA members.

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2012 ALA Annual Conference and will be expected to compile the results of their research into a presentation for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.

A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved, including a current ALA membership number, a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, budget plan and timeline. For a complete list of the criteria, please visit:

ALA’s Office for Diversity offers thanks to the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee for their work in planning the 2012 Diversity Research Grants Program: 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.

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted in a Word document attachment. Email electronic submissions to

For more information or to inquire about possible research topics, please email or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048.