ALISE Research Grant Competition

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 2015 Research Grant Program Competition. An award of one or more grants totaling $5,000 may be made to support research broadly related to education for library and information science. The Research Grant Award cannot be used to support a doctoral dissertation. At least one applicant in a group submitting a proposal must be a personal member of ALISE as of the deadline date.


Elizabeth Figa, North Texas (2016) -


Rhiannon Gainor, McGill (2016) 
Shari Lee, St. John’s (2016)
Lili Luo, San Jose (2016)
Jenny Mumah, North Texas (2017)

Board liaison:

Clara Chu -

Proposals may not exceed 20 double-spaced pages, excluding CVs. If necessary, supporting information may be included in an appendix. Proposals must include the following information to be considered in the competition:

  • Abstract of the project (not longer than 200 words).
  • Problem statement and literature review (including justification and need for the research).
  • Project objectives.
  • Project description.
  • Research design, methodology, and analysis techniques (including schedule for completion).
  • Detailed budget (including institutional or departmental contributions, if any).
  • Expected benefits and impact of the research.
  • Vita(e) of project investigator(s) may be appended.
  • Award Nomination Form

Staff training, general operating or overhead expenses, and other indirect costs are not funded.

The proposals will be judged by the ALISE Research Committee with the assistance of additional ALISE members in those cases where the methodology warrants. The proposals will be judged on:

  1. Appropriateness of the proposed project to issues in library and information science education in its broadest context.
  2. Significance of the problem.
  3. Design of the study.
  4. The investigator's qualifications: how likely she/he is to be successful, based on previous work and/or possession of the requisite skills.
  5. The appropriateness of the schedule and the likelihood that the work will be accomplished on time.
  6. Completeness of the application.

Submissions will be disqualified if they exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Lack of adherence to submission requirements
  • Submission of paper for the wrong award
  • Poor quality in the writing
  • Poor organization of material
  • Lack of specificity on required elements
  • Lack of appropriate instrument samples
  • Lack of appropriate theoretical framework

The committee reserves the right to select no winning proposal if in its judgment none of the proposals are considered satisfactory.

Recipients of the award must:

  • Present a preliminary report at the 2015 ALISE Annual Conference
  • Submit written quarterly reports to the Executive Director of ALISE, who will pay the grant in periodic installments as the research progresses
  • May submit the results of the funded study to the Association's Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) for possible publication prior to submission to other publications
  • Acknowledge the support of ALISE in any publicity or presentation based on the funded study
  • Inform the ALISE Executive Director if research funding from other sources is obtained, in addition to those provided by ALISE
  • Present a final report at the 2016 ALISE Annual Conference

Previous Winners:


Julie Marie Frye, Indiana University
Maria Hasler-Barker, Sam Houston State University
“Understanding the Role of lenguaje and interacción in Serving Patrons in Diverse Communities”


Laurie Bonnici (University of Alabama) Non-Verbal Communication in Information Behavior: Ischemic Stroke and Partial Facial Paralysis



Karen Gavigan and Kendra Albright (University of South Carolina) “Information Vaccine: Using Graphic Novels as an AIDS Information Vaccine for Young Adults”
Carolyn Hank (McGill University), Cassidy Sugimoto (Indiana University), and Jeffrey Pomerantz (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) "Teaching in the Age of Facebook and other Social Media: LIS Faculty and Students 'Friending' and 'Poking' in the Social Sphere"
2011 Gail Dickinson and Shana Pribesh (Old Dominican University) "The Impact of National Board Certification of Library Media Specialists on Student Academic Achievement/A National Study (impact NBC)"


Kyungwon Koh, Sung Jae Park and Kathleen Burnett (Florida State University):  "Online Collaborative Learning in the Web 2.0 Era"
2009 No Award Given
2008 Joan Cherry, Luanne Freund and Wendy Duff (University of Toronto):  "Learning From Our Students: Assessing Student Perceptions of Information Studies Programs and The Information Professions."
2007 Eileen Abels and Denise Agosto (Drexel University); and Lorri Mon (The Florida State University):  “Remote Reference in Practice and the Classroom”
2006 Marcia A. Mardis, (Wayne State University) From one-to-one to one-to-many: A study of the relationship between the practicum and the transition from teacher to school library media specialist.
2005 Youngok Choi,(SUNY Oswego) and Edie Rasmussen (British Columbia)
Digital Librarians: Who Are They, What Skills Do They Need, and How Can They Be Educated?
2004 Cathy M. Perley and Rebecca Miller (Emporia State), Performance Characteristics Required of Information Professionals Working in Competitive Business Environments
2003 Elizabeth Yakel and Jeannette Bastian (Michigan and Simmons), Towards the Identification of an Archival Core Curriculum
2002 No Award Given
2001 Ingrid Hsieh-Yee (Catholic), A Delphi Study on Metadata: Curriculum Implications and Research Priorities
2000 Don Fallis and Martin Fricke (Arizona), Verifiable Health Information on the Internet
1999 Karen E. Pettigrew (Michigan) and  Lynne McKechnie (Western Ontario), The Use of Theory in Library and Information Science Education and Research
Christopher Brown-Syed(Wayne State), Social Constructs: Self-Revelation and Information Provision in Scholarly Web Pages
1998 John V. Richardson, Jr. (California - Los Angeles), Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya (1969-1939): The Initiator of Soviet Education for Librarianship, 1917-1928
Terry L. Weech (Illinois), Site Dependent and Site Independent Distance Education in Library and Information Science: A Study of Their Costs and Effectiveness