LAMA awards 2002 Cultural Diversity Grants

Contact: Arawa McClendon


For Immediate Release

May 21, 2002

LAMA awards 2002 Cultural Diversity Grants

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) is delighted to announce the winners of the 2002 Cultural Diversity Grants, Laura Bayard, chair of the Diversity Committee, of the University Libraries and the Kresge Law Library of the University of Notre Dame and Tamara Miller, head, Planning and Program Development at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Bayard will use the award to help fund a project in which the libraries will employee four culturally and ethnically diverse students from local high schools during the summer of 2002. The project introduces the students to librarianship as a profession by giving them positive experiences in a work environment.

Miller will use the award to help the University of Tennessee develop a workshop entitled, "Creating a Vision of Diversity for Your Library: A Recipe for Success." The workshop will provide the framework for library managers and administrators to discuss diversity and build their own place for diversity activities.

The LAMA Cultural Diversity Committee awarded a $500 grant to each of the winners in recognition of their promotion of the grant program goals: to support the creation and dissemination of resources that will assist library administrators and managers in developing a vision and commitment to diversity, and creating mentoring and networking opportunities.

"The Committee was very impressed with these two projects," said Chair Julie S. Alexander.

The awards will be presented at the LAMA President's Program, Sunday, June 16, 1:30 p.m. in the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel during the American Library Association Annual (ALA) Conference in Atlanta. A reception will follow the program. More information about the LAMA Cultural Diversity Grant may be found at

LAMA is a division of the ALA.