Applications sought for Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

Contact: Mary Jo Lynch


For Immediate Release

October 3, 2002

Applications sought for Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

ALA invites researchers and practioners to apply for the 2003 Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant, $3,000, is given annually to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group(s) of people. The project should aim to answer a question that is of vital importance to the library community, and the researchers should plan to provide documentation of the results of their work. The jury welcomes projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher. Any ALA member may apply.

Funds donated by Eric R. Baber of Newton, Kan., were used to establish the endowment that supports this grant. Baber made the gift in honor of his father, who was library director at Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) for 27 years. Baber died in January 1991, leaving ALA an endowment to support the award in perpetuity. For the last 10 years, the amount of the grant was $7,500 annually. That amount has been reduced because the income of the endowment has gone down in recent years.

For additional information and the application form, visit the ORS awards and grants
Proposals must reach ALA by Friday, December 13, 2002. The winner will be chosen at the ALA Midwinter Meeting by an Award Jury chaired by Charles Harmon of Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.