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).

2020 Sponsor

ALISE is thankful for the generous support of the University of Tennessee, School of Information Sciences for sponsoring the award.

Submission Requirements 

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 with the following information:

  • Applicant(s), including name(s), title(s), affiliation(s), email(s), and phone number(s)
  • Project narrative (no more than two double-spaced pages):
    • Topic, objective(s), description, method, implications, and impact
  • Budget and budget justification (no more than one double-spaced page)
  • Social justice organization collaboration letter

Submission Process

Submit award nominations/applications online via EasyChair.

If you have not used EasyChair in the past and do not have an account, please create an account. Once logged in, select "Enter as an author."

Select the track that corresponds to the award name/type.

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline was April 15, 2020. We are no longer accepting submissions.

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 to receive the award and the 2021 ALISE Conference to present their project in a poster presentation. All costs of conference registration and travel will be the responsibility of the grant recipients. 

Past Recipients


  • Michele Villagran, San Jose State University; Ana Ndumu, University of Maryland, College Park; Reforma Education Committee: Integrating Immigrants into the LIS Workforce: A Pilot, Collaborative Project


  • 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)