*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 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:

   - The research problem is clearly defined, with a specific question or
   questions that can be answered by collecting data. The applicant(s) clearly
   describe a strategy for data collection whose methods are appropriate to
   the research question(s). A review of the literature, methodologies, etc.
   is not considered research (e.g., methodology review rather than
   application of a methodology) for purposes of the award, except where the
   literature review is the primary method of collecting data.
   - The research question focuses on benefits to library users and should
   be applied and have practical value as opposed to theoretical.
   - The applicant(s) demonstrate ability to undertake and successfully
   complete the project. The application provides evidence that sufficient
   time and resources have been allocated to the effort. Appropriate
   institutional commitment to the project has been secured.

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

Deadline is *January 8, 2014*.

Check out this web site to find procedures and an application form:
 See the section on *How to Apply*.  Also see related documents linked near
the bottom of the page for:

Schedule and Procedures

Proposal Requirements and Application Cover Sheet:

Full press release:

Questions?   Contact: Mary Pagliero Popp at [log in to unmask]


*Mary Pagliero Popp, Chair, Baber Award Jury, American Library Association*