ALA Diversity Office extends deadline for research grant proposals

Contact: Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Office for Diversity



For Immediate Release

April 30, 2009

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity has extended its deadline for proposals for its 2009 Diversity Research Grants from April 30 to May 17, 2009. Applicants must be current ALA members, and 2009 proposals must address one of three identified topics:

•Ã‚          Meeting Diversity Goals in the Context of Economic Challenges

•Ã‚          Librarianship in Multicultural/Multigenerational Community Building

•Ã‚          Libraries' Multicultural Involvement in Social Networking

Since 2002, the office has sponsored the program to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science.

Only proposals demonstrating relevance to the 2009 research topics will be considered. Recipients will be notified prior to the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and formally announced at the conference.Â

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; a 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 visitÂ for information on becoming a member. Applicants must supply membership ID numbers with proposals.

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. 5048.