For immediate release | February 5, 2013

ALA Office for Diversity calls for 2013-2014 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, 2013. Applicants must be current ALA members.

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. 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 2013 ALA Annual Conference and are required to compile the results of their research into a presentation or publication delivered by Sept. 1, 2014.

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 administering the Diversity Research Program: Nicole A. Cooke (chair), Agnes K. Bradshaw, Nicole A. Branch, Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Denyvetta Davis, LaVerne Gray, Michael Gutierrez, Cheryl Knott, Adriana McCleer, 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.


Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Interm Director

Diversity Office (DIVERSITY)

800-545-2433 ext.5048