September 27, 2001
The AALL Research Committee is seeking nominees for the AALL/Aspen Law & Business Grant Program, which will award one or more research grants, totaling up to $13,000.
The grant program funds small or large research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. Projects may range from the historical (indexes, legislative histories, bibliographies, biographies, directories) to the theoretical (trends in cataloging, publishing or new service models in libraries) to the practical (implementation models for collection, personnel or infrastructure management). The revised AALL Research Agenda is one source for project ideas. It is available at http://www.aallnet.org/committee/research/agenda.asp.
The program is intended to not only promote research within the profession but to also remove obstacles to project completion caused by tight operating budgets. And so, the grants may be used for expenses such as research assistants, photocopying, data entry and research-related travel.
The AALL/Aspen Law & Business Grant Program was made possible with the generous $50,000 contribution from Aspen Law & Business, a New York-based legal publisher, in 1996. About $25,000 of the original contribution funded two major AALL research projects in 1996 and 1997. The remaining funds will be used to sponsor research projects in 2001 and 2002. Aspen Law & Business considers its contribution as an investment in research that will provide a prospective look at the role of librarians, researchers and legal information providers and will yield results to which publishers can respond. Their goal is to sponsor research that will have a practical impact on law librarianship and inspire products and changes in the marketplace.
The AALL Research Committee will accept applications for the AALL/Aspen Law & Business Grant Program through Dec. 1. All applications will be considered. Grants will be awarded and announced by Jan. 1, 2002. The grant application and guidelines are available at http://www.aallnet.org/about/aspen_grant_application.asp.
Please contact any member of the committee with questions or if you would like to discuss a research idea or proposal. The committee members are:
Chair Kevin L. Butterfield, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Celeste Feather, University of Connecticut
Kevin P. Gray, Gonzaga University
Paul D. Healey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Grace M. Mills, independent
H. Kumar Percy, University of Texas
Dorene S. Smith, Ater Wynne, LLP