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. 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).

2019 Sponsors

ALISE is thankful for the generous support of the ALISE Community [email protected] mini-grants by the following sponsors:

Clara Chu   Lorna Peterson
Kent State University   University of Alabama
University of South Carolina   University of Tennessee, Knoxville


2019 Call for Concepts and Pitches for Community [email protected] Mini-Grant

The ALISE Community [email protected] Committee (Kendra Albright and Bharat Mehra, Co-Chairs) invites community social innovators to the ALISE Community [email protected] Mini-Grant Pitch Session taking place at the 2019 ALISE Annual Conference (September 24-26, 2019; Knoxville, Tennessee). Pitch to a jury your concepts and ideas on addressing a library and information need of a social justice organization through community engagement (in a collaborative manner). The format/structure is a three-minute pitch to include: topic, purpose/objective(s), method/approach, implications/impact, budget, and social justice organization collaboration. NO PowerPoint - Be creative, clear, concise, compelling; props may be used that require no setup. Pitching social innovators should be prepared to address questions from the jury. Audience members may be invited to participate in the judging process as determined by the jury. Jury members include Kendra Albright, Bharat Mehra, and a surprise juror

Three mini-grants of $750 each will be awarded at the end of the session in the categories of graduate student, practitioner, educator, or mixed group. At least one award per category will be made at the discretion of the jury.

Interested social innovators should apply at: 

Your application should include name and email of main contact; names and affiliations of team members, if any; collaborating social justice organization information; project title; purpose/objective(s), implications/impact.  One person (whether individually or team) per pitch/submission is eligible. A commitment is needed that at least one person (if it is a team) attend the Conference to pitch.  Up to 15 pitches will be selected, at least three in each category.


Applications due: August 12, 2019

Notification of selected pitches: August 14, 2019

Selection Criteria

The ALISE Community [email protected] Mini-grants provide funding to support ALISE members to connect with social justice organizations and each other to create and innovate information solutions to advance their mission or address an information need. The solution may be in the form of LIS research, teaching and/or practice. The criteria used in selecting mini-grant winners are:

  1. Relevance of project to mini-­grant program
  2. Significance of project to social justice organization’s library and information needs
  3. Scope and extent of community engagement
  4. Impact on research, teaching, and/or practice
  5. Potential for serving as a model for progressive community action in LIS
  6. Appropriateness of method
  7. Appropriateness of budget
  8. Clearly presented

Mini-Grant Recipient Requirement

Mini-grant recipients are expected to present their project at a webinar and submit a final report. They are encouraged to attend the 2020 ALISE Conference and present their project in a poster presentation. All costs of conference registration and travel will be the responsibility of the grant recipients. 

Past Recipients


  • Joseph Winberry, University of Tennessee: We Serve All Seniors: Creating Information Resources for Diverse Older Adults in Community Context
  • Noah Lenstra, University of North Carolina, Greensboro: Creating Bike-friendly Public Libraries


  • 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)