Friday, November 20, 2009

Grant - Reference Services

Carroll Preston Baber research grant call for proposals

Do you have a project that is just waiting for the right funding? Are you thinking about ways that libraries can use technology to improve services to users?

The American Library Association (ALA) gives an annual grant for those conducting research that will lead to the improvement of services to users. The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

--Originality of the research question(s)

--Innovative quality of the project and/or use of technology in a new way

--Cooperative nature of the project

--Institutional commitment to the project

Any ALA member may apply, and the Jury would welcome projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher. Deadline is December 1, 2009.

Check out this web site to find procedures and an application form:


Contact Mary Pagliero Popp,