The Office of Diversity announces the Diversity Research Grants

Contact: ALA Office for Diversity


For Immediate Release

March 5, 2003

The Office of Diversity announces the Diversity Research Grants

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity is pleased to announce the topics for the 2003 Diversity Research Grants and begin the call for proposals.
Proposals will be accepted March 1 to April 15, 2003. Everyone is encouraged to apply, the only eligibility requirement is that researchers submitting proposals must be current members of ALA.

Each year the ALA Office for Diversity and the Diversity Research Grant Jury identify three areas of scholarship where research is needed. Proposals for the 2003 Diversity Research Grants should address one of the following topics:

  • Coalition Building Across Affinity Groups
  • Cultural Biases in the Organization of Information
  • Furthering Diversity Initiatives in a Skeptical Environment

The 2003 Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at the ALA Annual Conference. One proposal will be chosen from each of this year's topics for a total of three awards. Grant recipients are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the ALA.

Continuing the ALA's commitment to diversity, the Office for Diversity began sponsorship of a Diversity Research Grant program in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

If you are not presently a member of ALA, but wish to submit a proposal please visit the
Membership Web page for information on becoming a member. You will be required to supply your membership ID number with your proposal. Only proposals demonstrating relevance to the 2003 research topics will be considered. For more information and a complete list of the criterion on which proposals will be evaluated, please visit the
Diversity Web site.

Submissions should be sent by mail to:

ALA Office for Diversity

50 E. Huron St.

Chicago, IL 60611

Electronic submissions will be accepted in a Word document attachment. Email electronic submissions to

Contact with all inquiries. Or call the ALA Office for Diversity at 1.800.545.2433 ext. 5048