Summary of Grant Topics by Year

General overview of the breadth of projects that have been supported by ALA’s Diversity Research Grant program

ALA Diversity Research Grant Program

This information has been compiled to provide prospective applicants with a general overview of the breadth of projects that have been supported by ALA’s Diversity Research Grant program. For information on researchers and findings please visit the ALA Awards Database.

Funded Projects


  • Cultural Competency Awareness of Ni-Vanuatu Librarians and Vanuatu Libraries Contribution to Vibrant Cultural Identity
  • Integration of Library Use Data with Campus Learning Analytics for Student Success
  • Library Staff and Drag Queen Perspectives and Decision-Making About Drag Queen Storytimes


  • Black Girls Dreaming: Black Girls Analyzing and Evaluating Speculative Fiction by Black Authors
  • Callar o compartir: cómo los bibliotecarios bilingües emplean el idioma para apoyar o resistir la hegemonía | Silence or share: how bilingual librarians use language to support or resist hegemony
  • Searching for First Generation LIS Student Success


  • Examining Youths of Color's Perceptions of Library Inclusiveness
  • Information Behaviors Among LGBTQ Students at Single-Sex HBCUs
  • Minority Student Experiences with Racial Microaggressions in the Academic Library


  • American-Style Research
  • Bilingual Family: Reaching the Next Generation of Immigrants and their Families through Public Library Services
  • Creating a Model Policy for Trans-inclusiveness in the Libraries


  • Exploring library perceptions, reading habits and library usage of the South Asian Population in BC
  • Facilitating the Learning and Academic Performance of Student Veterans
  • We Don’t Employ Colored People in the Public Libraries:’ The Baltimore Civil Rights Movement & the Color Line Behind the Desk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1926-1946


  • Development of Texts that Mediate and Facilitate Diversity in Adolescent Classrooms
  • Including the Voice of Librarians of Color in Reference and Information Service Research
  • In-depth investigation of LGBT collections in school media centers


  • Exploring Library Programs to Support English Language Learner (ELL) Students’ Academic Success in Urban High Schools
  • Role of Chinese American Librarians in Library and Information Science Diversity
  • Role of Information in Social Inclusion for International Students


  • Beyond Broken Borders: Examining Library Services to Latino & Spanish-Speaking Populations in New Latino South States with Anti-Immigration Laws
  • LIS Diversity: A Longitudinal Study of the ALISE Statistics
  • This Hallowed Place: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South, 1954-1968


  • Achievement Gap of Asian American Professional Librarians at the Top of Career Ladders
  • Diversity in Technology Integration Leadership
  • Information Needs and Barriers of Southeast Asian Refugee Undergraduates


  • Helping Teens Help Themselves: A National Survey of Library Services to Juveniles in Detention
  • Promoting Equity in Literacy Instruction for Adolescent African American Males through the Use of Enabling Texts
  • Selecting Racially Diverse Literature for Elementary School Libraries


  • Bringing the Library to the People: Addressing the Job Related Information Needs of Day Laborers
  • Creating Accessible Resources with Technologies at Hand
  • Library and Information Center Accessibility: The Differently-able Patron’s Perspective


  • Cultural Authenticity Portrayed in Picture Books: A Systematic Approach Toward Diversity Education for Children
  • Focus on MY Family: An Analysis of Gay-Themed Picture books & Public Library Services for LGBTQ Children and Children with Same-Sex Parents
  • LGBT Book Discussion Groups in Public Libraries: Seeking Compatibility


  • Archival and Grey Literature Use Patterns in Library and Information Science Journal Articles with a Focus on the African American Experience (1986-2006)
  • (Re)envisioning diversity and multicultural librarianship and pedagogy in the post 9/11 context
  • The Relationship Between Social Identity(ies) and Role Performance Among Academic Librarians


  • Analysis and Adaptation of 'Earphone English': A Public Library Program for Limited English Proficient Youth
  • End-User Searching: Comparing ESL Students and Native English Students
  • Shaping Institutional Change: Assessment of Diversity Programming at a Comprehensive University Library


  • Collaborating with Reforma Librarians to Study Emerging Latin@ Readership: A Participatory Action Research Approach
  • Native American Protocols for American Libraries, Archives, and Information Services
  • Touchable Online Braille Generator


  • Diversity and Library Service to Children
  • Laptop Computers for the Bedridden
  • Recruiting and Retaining Students of Color in LIS Programs: Perspectives of Library and Information Professionals


  • Access for All: Working to Eliminate Cultural Biases in the Organization of Information
  • A Study of Career Development patterns of Library Managers and Directors of Ethnic Minority in Selected ARL Member Libraries
  • Promoting Information Literacy Through Coalition Building


  • From the Inside Out: Collaborating for Recruitment, Outreach and Diversity through the Promotion of Literacy
  • Integrating Diversity into Library School Curriculum
  • Strategies for Promoting Mentoring among Minorities

DRG Topics

From 2002-2011 proposals were asked to address one of three generally defined topic areas, with the goal of selecting one proposal within each topic area.

2002-2003 Topics

  • Integrating Diversity into Library School Curriculum
  • Upward Mobility of Library Leaders from Underrepresented Populations
  • Community Partnering & Resource Coalitions: A Networking Model for Successful Recruitment, Outreach and Diversity

2003-2004 Topics

  • Community Partnering & Resource Coalitions: A Networking Model for Successful Recruitment, Outreach and Diversity
  • Cultural Biases in the Organization of Information
  • Furthering Diversity Initiatives in a Skeptical Environment

2004-2005 Topics

  • Diversity and Library Service to Children
  • Equity of Access and Diverse Populations
  • Recruitment and Retention of Library and Information Studies (LIS) Students and Faculty

2005-2006 Topics

  • Accessibility and Universal Design in Library Services and Resources
  • Diversity and Emerging Literacies in the 21st Century
  • Effects of Diversity Policy Implementation on Institutional Diversity

2006-2007 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

2007-2008 Topics

  • Diversity Within Diversity - Intersections of Identity
  • (Re)envisioning Multicultural Librarianship and Pedagogy
  • Ten Years of Transformation – Spectrum's Impact as a Model for Diversity Initiatives

2008-2009 Topics

  • The Impact of Rapidly Shifting Demographics On Information Needs, Services, And Strategies
  • Diversity and Library Services To The LGBTQ Community
  • The Impact of Library 2.0 Initiatives on Services To Under-served Populations


  • Meeting Diversity Goals in the Context of Economic Challenges
  • Librarianship in Multicultural/Multigenerational Community Building
  • Libraries' Multicultural Involvement in Social Networking


  • Upward mobility of Library Leaders from Underrepresented Populations
  • Information Services and Collections for Diverse Children and Young Adults
  • Libraries and the Meaning of Multiculturalism

2011 – ceased designating topics.