Proposals sought for Carnegie-Whitney Awards

Contact: Mary Jo Bolduc
Grant Administrator, ALA
For Immediate Release
July 31, 2007

Proposals sought for Carnegie-Whitney Awards

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Publishing Committee is seeking proposals for Carnegie-Whitney grants. Grants of up to $5,000 are for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Grant proposals must be received by November 5, 2007.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as, "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."

The Carnegie-Whitney Awards have been established to provide grants for the preparation and publication of popular or scholarly reading lists, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries. The grants may be used for print or electronic projects, and are intended to cover preparation costs appropriate to the development of a useful product; including the cost of research and compilation. The grant does not cover the purchase of equipment, production or manufacturing costs.

Grants are awarded to individuals, official units of the American Library Association (including committees) and other groups affiliated with the American Library Association. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by the end of February 2008.

The Carnegie-Whitney Awards provide grants that are based on a special fund, first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. The Carnegie Fund was subsequently enhanced by a merger with a fund established by James Lyman Whitney in 1910. The Publishing Committee, a standing committee of the ALA, administers the awards.

For more information on the Carnegie-Whitney Awards and proposal guidelines, please visit, or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, grant administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax 312-280-5275; e-mail: