OLAC Research Grant



  • Amount: up to $2,000
  • Period of Grant: 1 year
  • Grant recipients are expected to present the OLAC Executive Board with an interim report within one year of the date of receipt of the grant. Recipients are also expected to present their findings at the next OLAC Biennial Meeting following the grant period, and may wish to also pursue other presentation and/or publication opportunities. The grant winner may be asked to serve on the selection committee the following year.


  • Deadline for proposal submission to Chair: Rolling Deadline
  • Award recipient notified: 1-2 months after submission
  • Award recipient notifies Chair of acceptance: 2-3 weeks after notification
  • Award announced during the OLAC Membership meeting (adjacent to ALA Annual Conference)


Any current personal member of OLAC may apply.


The grant application must be submitted by email to the Chair of the OLAC Grant Committee (Laura McElfresh, mcelf008@umn.edu).

The application must include:

  1. A cover page including: a) title of proposal; b) name, affiliation, address, and email of applicant(s); c) phone numbers (optional); d) date of submission; and e) abstract of the project proposal
  2. Project proposal including: a) proposal thesis; b) summary of the research problem, including justification of the project and/or a review of the literature; and c) a description of proposed research
  3. Project outline including a month-by-month timeline to show expected progress
  4. Project budget, materials, and staff (identify the amount of monies you are requesting and include this in a 1-page detailed budget of projected costs for the project and where the Grant funds would be applied; plus a maximum of a 1-page budget narrative giving a brief itemized justification of the major line items involved)
  5. Vita


A report and the presentation should include answers to the following questions or include information about:

  • Statement of the problem (What is your research idea and why is it important for OLAC to fund the project?)
  • Review of the literature
  • Thesis (including how it relates to and/or benefits AV cataloging)
  • Methodology
  • Results (What are the implications of the research findings, and how will this impact the AV community? What is the product of your research? Do you have plans for publishing these results? If so, identify possible publication outlets.)
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