Awards Committee

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Purpose

The Awards Committee reviews potential recipients of the Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship and grants established by TS-SIS that support members' attendance at AALL-sponsored educational events.

Appointment

The Awards Committee is appointed by the TS-SIS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect with the approval of the TS-SIS Executive Board. The committee consists of at least three (3) members, with one (1) member appointed as Committee Chair. The members of the Awards Committee serve for a term of one year, running from one annual meeting to the next annual meeting.

General Responsibilities

The committee chair:

  • Coordinates the dual processes of selecting the Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award recipient(s) and awarding educational grants, following the specific guidelines for each process as described below.
  • Submits a written report detailing the committee's activities to the TS-SIS Chair by June 15.
  • Reports briefly on the committee's activities at the TS-SIS Business Meeting during the annual meeting.

Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award Responsibilities

The committee chair:

  • Follows the specific guidelines for awarding the Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award (see Related Documents III).
  • Solicits nominations for the award through TSLL, the TS-SIS electronic discussion forum, and other appropriate means. The publicity should be released by November 1, with subsequent monthly reminders.
  • Receives award nominations by the February 1 deadline.
  • Facilitates committee discussion to evaluate and select the award recipient(s).

Educational Grant Responsibilities

The committee chair:

  • Follows the specific guidelines for awarding educational grants, including the Marla Schwartz grant (see Related Documents IV).
  • Publicizes grants and solicits applications through TSLL, the TS-SIS electronic discussion forum, and other appropriate means. The deadline for applications may vary, depending on AALL requirements.
  • Initiates committee discussion and decision-making regarding which, if any, of the applicants should be considered for the grant.
  • Adheres to the budget allocation for educational grants as determined by the TS-SIS Executive Board.

Revised July 2011