Applications for Loleta D. Fyan Grant sought

Contact: Mary Jo Lynch


For Immediate Release

October 2002

Applications for Loleta D. Fyan Grant sought

The American Library Association (ALA) invites applications for the 2003 Loleta D. Fyan Grant. This $10,000 grant, given annually on a competitive basis, is named for Loleta D. Fyan, an ALA past-president (1951-52), who provided funds in her will. The grant supports a project that will develop and/or improve public library services; effect changes that are innovative and responsive to the future; and has potential for broader impact and application beyond a specific local need. Applicants can include, but are not limited to, local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including ALA units, library schools or individuals.

Fyan, state librarian of Michigan for 20 years, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship." A pioneer in extending library service to rural areas and small communities and a proponent of library cooperation, Fyan was a driving force behind LSCA funding.

Proposals must be received at ALA by Friday, December 13, 2002. A decision will be made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, January 24-29, by the Fyan Award Jury, chaired by Judy Nelson of 3M Systems. For additional information, including proposal requirements and application cover sheet see ORS awards and grants