ALISE Community [email protected] Mini-Grants

The ALISE Community [email protected] began as a space at the 2015 ALISE Conference and centennial celebration, for ALISE members to connect with social justice organizations and each other to create and innovate solutions to advance their mission. The idea arose out of brainstorming and initial development by Kendra Albright, Clara M. Chu, Nicole Cooke, Bharat Mehra, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, and Tonyia J. Tidline. Rae-­Anne Montague, then, organized and moderated the ALISE Community [email protected] conference session that included the participation of the following four Chicago community organizations:

A competitive mini-­grant program was designed to advance the ALISE Community [email protected] initiative, and funding has been provided by Kent State University, University of Illinois, and University of Tennessee. The ALISE Community [email protected] mini-­grants ($750) support ALISE members to address a library and information need of a social justice organization through community engagement (in a collaborative manner).

Application Process

ALISE members are invited to submit a proposal that will use a community-­engaged approach to address a library and information need of a social justice organization. The proposed project may be focused on research, teaching (service learning), and/or practice/application (e.g., resource development, training, program, etc.).

Each application should be submitted as a PDF document to Kendra Albright with the following information:

  • Applicant(s): Name(s), title(s), affiliation(s), email(s), phone(s)
  • Project Narrative (no more than 2 pages):
  • Topic, objective(s), description, method, implications, and impact
  • Budget and budget justification (1 page)
  • Social Justice Organization Collaboration Letter


Proposals due: May 22, 2019
Winners notified: June 22, 2019
2019 ALISE Conference Presentation, September 2019

Selection Process

The ALISE Community [email protected] Committee members (Kendra Albright, Clara M. Chu (Chair) and Bharat Mehra) will review applications and select winners, for approval by the ALISE Board using the following criteria:
  • Relevance of project to mini-­grant program
  • Significance of project to social justice organization’s library and information needs
  • Scope and extent of community engagement
  • Impact on research, teaching, and/or practice
  • Potential for serving as a model for progressive community action in LIS
  • Appropriateness of method
  • Appropriateness of budget
  • Clearly written

Grant Recipient Requirement

Grant recipients are expected to present their work at a session during the 2019 ALISE Conference.  All costs of conference travel will be the responsibility of the grant recipients.  Each grant recipient will be awarded complimentary conference registration. 

Submission Process

All submissions must be entered via the ALISE 2019 submission system at First-time users will be required to register and create an account. Select the relevant track for your submission: ALISE 2019 Awards. Then select the type of submission: ALISE Community [email protected] Mini-Grants.

Past Recipients


  • Christine Angel, St. John’s University: Creating Access to Archival Documents for Immigration Policy Reform: A Project of Original Legislative History from the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and International Law for the (Re)construction of Immigration Policy within the United States

    Community Institution: The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS-NY)

  • Karen Gavigan, University of South Carolina: Creating an Anti-Gang Graphic Novel – Social Justice from Behind the Fence Community Institution: South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ)

  • Joyce M. Latham, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milo Miller & Christopher Wilde, Co-founders, Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP), Milwaukee, WI: 

    The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) Community Institution: The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP)