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ALA Announces Diversity Research Grants

CALL FOR PROPOSALS The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity is pleased to announce its 2006-2007 ‘Diversity Research Grants’ Call for Proposals. Grant proposals should address one of the following three topics: 1) An Active Learning and Service Approach to Diversity in Small or Rural Libraries 2) Emerging Technologies and Services to Diverse Populations 3) The Role of the Diversity Committee, Liaison, or Officer in the Creation of Institutional Change in Libraries The ALA Office for Diversity began sponsorship of the Diversity Research Grant program in 2002 to address critical gaps in diversity-related research within library and information science. The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. Three grants are awarded each year. The deadline for this year’s Diversity Research Grant proposals is April 30, 2006. Submission Guidelines Persons submitting a proposal must be a current member of the American Library Association. Individuals not presently a member of ALA but wishing to submit a proposal should visit the Membership Website for more information on the benefits of joining ALA. Membership ID numbers must accompany proposals. Only proposals demonstrating relevance to the year’s designated research topics will be considered. A complete proposal must include the following: 1. Cover letter with name, primary contact information, and ALA member ID of the researcher(s). 2. Concise abstract of the project (no more than 200 words). 3. Description of the project (of no more than 5 pages in length) detailing: a. Justification and needs for the research project b. Research objectives c. Design, methodology and analysis of the project d. Expected outcomes and benefits 4. Budgetary plan and timeline, including other sources of support sought for the project. 5. One-page vita for each of the researchers involved in the project. Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted in a Word document attachment, email electronic submissions to diversity@ala.org. Mailed submissions should be received by April 30th, 2006 and directed to: Tracie Hall ALA Office for Diversity 50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611 Jurors for the 2006-2007 Diversity Research Grant are: Jody L. Gray, Outreach Librarian in Academic Programs University Libraries, University of Minnesota; Martha L. Hale, Dean, The Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science; Randall Kemp, PhD Candidate, The Information School, University of Washington; Colleen Major, Ethnic Studies Librarian & Multicultural Coordinator & Interim Acquisitions, Librarian, Mansfield Library, The University of Montana; Carolyn Neal, SeniorsConnect Project Coordinator, Cleveland Public Library; Hope A. Olson, Professor, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, School of Information Studies; Lorna Peterson, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo; and Angela Yang, Manager of Fremont Libraries. For additional information see: http://www.ala.org/ala/diversity/divresearchgrants/diversityresearch.htm Also: Help to Recognize Excellence in Diversity Research! As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Office for Diversity annually honors an individual for “Achievement in Library Diversity Research” with a plaque and complimentary annual conference registration. If you would like to nominate an individual for this honor, please submit their name, contact information and a short description of their recent research accomplishments to Tracie D. Hall, Director of the ALA Office for Diversity at thall@ala.org by April 15th, 2006.

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