Grant: the Carnegie Whitney Award for Reading Lists

Someone on the ARLIS-L listserv forwarded me this great grant opportunity from the ALA:

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides an award that is based on a special fund first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902, “the income of which is to be applied to the preparation and publication of such reading lists, indexes and other bibliographical and library aids as will be especially useful in the circulating libraries of this country.” The Carnegie Fund was subsequently enhanced by a merger with a fund established by James Lyman Whitney in 1910. The Publishing Committee, a standing committee of the American Library Association, administers the grant.

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States.

Grants are awarded to individuals; local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units, affiliates and committees of the American Library Association, or programs of information and library studies/science.  International applicants welcome.

The project(s):

  • Must be focused on American Libraries
  • Must demonstrate how the project would stimulate the use of library resources
  • Must have the potential appeal and usefulness to a broad audience
  • Must be intended for national distribution
  • Must meet a need for publication
  • Must be completed within two years.
  • Must be new or in process.  Completed works, works under contract for publication, or projects associated with the completion of academic work are not eligible.

Grants are up to $5000 and several are awarded each year. This year’s deadline is November 4th, 2014.You can check out the application process and past recipients here:

Am I the only one thinking about a reading list of visual/digital literacy competencies and research? Or a list of copyright info for cultural heritage workers, or any number of genre-specific art guides, or ….. (Seriously, I would happily collaborate on a proposal for any of these. Drop me a line.)