ALA Diversity Office calls for research grant proposals

Contact: Wendy Prellwitz

Program Officer, Office for Diversity

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2006

ALA Diversity Office calls for research grant proposals

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program. Applicants must be current ALA members, and 2006 proposals must address one of three identified topics:

  • An Active Learning and Service Approach to Diversity in Small or Rural Libraries
  • Emerging Technologies and Services to Diverse Populations
  • The Role of the Diversity Committee, Liaison, or Officer in the Creation of Institutional Change in Libraries

Since 2002, the office has sponsored the program to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. The application deadline is April 15, 2006. Only proposals demonstrating relevance to the 2006 research topics will be considered.

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. One proposal will be chosen from within each of this year's topics for a total of three awards. Grant recipients will be 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.

A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, one-page vita for each of the researchers involved, 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 criterion on which proposals will be evaluated, please visit:

Persons submitting a proposal must be current ALA members. If you are not presently a member of ALA, but wish to submit a proposal please visit for information on becoming a member. Applicants must supply membership ID numbers with proposals.

Submissions should be sent by mail to the ALA Office for Diversity, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted in a Word document attachment. Email electronic submissions to .

For more information, please email or call 1.800.545.2433 ext. 5020.