Libraries selected to participate in Leading the Charge grant

FAIRFAX, VA – October 11, 2021: The University Libraries is pleased to announce our participation in Hampton University’s William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library’s IMLS funded project grant, Leading the Charge: Advancing the Recruitment, Retention and Inclusion of People of Color within the Library and Information Science field.  

The Leading the Charge Grant pairs project participants with an EDI consultant to receive guidance on developing, implementing, and assessing an initiative which focuses on equity, diversity, or inclusion of POC within their organizations. Mason Libraries’ application, Attracting and Engaging a Diverse Student Workforce at George Mason University Libraries, focuses on efforts to improve recruitment of students of color for undergraduate and graduate student positions within our library units.

Attracting and Engaging a Diverse Student Workforce will be led by Kathleen Bell, Head, Assessment and Planning, and Katara Hofmann, Peer Referral Coach Manager and chair of the Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Of the grant, Hofmann commented, “On behalf of myself and the DEI Council, we are pleased to support the Libraries’ participation in Leading the Charge. As a former student employee, I look forward to working with our colleagues to create a welcoming environment and further employment opportunities for students of color at the university.”

The Libraries was one of ten institutions whose proposals were selected out of a national, competitive process. Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, John Zenelis, remarked, “My colleagues and I welcome this opportunity to engage with and support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at a more focused and sustained level, as well as the opportunity to partner with higher education colleagues across the nation. Ensuring our workforce in the university’s libraries – from student assistants to all levels – is diverse and reflective of our institution is a prominent goal of our university and the Libraries. We want all Mason students to know they are welcome not only in any part of the university’s library system, but in the library and information science profession, which historically has not been reflective of our country’s diverse population.”

Selectees included a combination of university libraries, public libraries, and other library networks. The project results from all participating institutions will serve as a collection of actionable initiatives which can be shared throughout the field of library and information science.

For additional information about the grant, the project personnel, and participants, visit

Leading the Charge is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant number RE-246407-OLS-20.

VIVA Open Adopt Grants – applications due Oct. 4

VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus, and to ensure that the results of those efforts are widely available to Virginia educators.

Instructors interested in applying for this opportunity are encouraged to explore VIVA’s repository of Open Education Resources, VIVA Open, to discover open resources that may be of use in their courses. Applicants do not need to choose a resource listed in VIVA Open to apply for the grant.

Team and departmental adoptions, as well as projects seeking to adapt or create new Open Educational Resources, should apply for the larger scale VIVA Open Course Grants.

Applications are due October 4, 2021 via email at Notification of award recipients will take place by November 12, 2021. Adopted course materials must be piloted in the classroom by spring, 2023.

Learn more at Register for an upcoming informational webinar on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 9:30 am: Advance registration is required.

Questions about all VIVA Open grants can be sent to

VIVA Course Redesign Grants: Call for Proposals

Request for Proposals for the next round of VIVA Course Redesign Grants is officially open! Applications are due February 28, 2020, and award notification will take place on May 15, 2020.

VIVA Course Redesign Grants are designed to empower Virginia faculty with the resources and time they need to redesign courses by swapping out commercial textbooks and other expensive course materials for open, no cost, or library options.

Awards will be made from $1,000-$30,000 to assist faculty members at any VIVA institution in transitioning to course materials available at no cost to students. Full or part-time faculty may apply. Proposals may involve one person or teams that include: teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, subject matter experts, editors, graphic designers, or others as needed.

More information, including the full Request for Proposals and application instructions, are available at