Grants & Awards

OCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Research Grants

Recognizing the importance of research to the advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC Research and ALISE, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, annually collaborate to offer the Library and Information Science Research Grant Program.
The overall goal is to promote independent research, particularly work helping to integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches, and research that contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors. We will prioritize submissions that integrate diversity, inclusion and equity aspects into these research areas.

Our intent is to create access and minimize barriers for people from a broad range of backgrounds who will add value to our professional communities. Grant awards range up to $25,000 and support one-year research projects. Research related, but not limited, to the following areas is encouraged:

  • Impact of digital technology on libraries, museums, and archives
  • Social media, learning, and information-seeking behavior
  • New developments in knowledge organization (metadata, social tagging, linked data, etc.)

Full-time academic faculty in schools of library and information science or related fields are eligible to apply. OCLC and ALISE encourage international proposals, collaborative projects and opportunities for underrepresented voices to be shared. To aid new researchers, priority will be given when possible to proposals from junior faculty and applicants who have not previously received LISRGP funds.

View a list of previous recipients and read their final papers and presentations at:

Feel free to contact us for more information.

About the sponsors

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain  WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s  WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

OCLC is a world leader in the library and information science community and its Inclusion Initiative is driven by the respect for the many nations, cultures and languages that are represented in libraries and cultural heritage institutions and the populations they serve. The OCLC Diversity & Inclusion Office is committed to finding innovative ways for the cooperative to foster an inclusive environment that affirms and values our differences and similarities and positively impacts all of our employees, partners and libraries, as well as the people they serve.

ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) is a non-profit organization that serves as the intellectual home of faculty, staff, and students in library and information science, and allied disciplines. We promote innovation and excellence internationally through leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and dissemination of scholarship.

ALISE believes that diversity is central to its mission and values. ALISE is committed to the active recruitment and equitable and full participation of members of all backgrounds, the promotion of diversity and its benefits in library and information science education, research and service by its personal and institutional members, and their full participation in the profession.

Updated 8 Feb 2018

Through a series of educational programs, annual awards, scholarships and fellowships, the OCLC cooperative provides financial support for those beginning their library careers and for established library leaders who excel in their profession.

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