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2016 Recipients

Following is the tenth recipient of the Marla Schwartz Grant. The grant will assist with attendance at the 2016 Chicago, Illinois Annual Meeting.

  • Gretchen A. Croll, Research and Information Operations Specialist, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Wheeling, West Virginia. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015.

The following received grants to attend the 2016 Chicago, Illinois Annual Meeting.

  • New Member General Grant: Emily Nimsakont, Head of Cataloging & Resource Management, Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law.
  • Experienced Member Grant: Christina Tarr, Head of Cataloging, University of California School of Law Library, Berkeley.
  • Active Member Grant: Ashley Moye, Metadata & Digital Initiatives, Charlotte School of Law.

Following is the recipient of a grant to attend the AALL Leadership Academy.

  • Anna Lawless-Collins, Collection Development Librarian, Boston University School of Law Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries

See also Previous Recipients.

Awards Committee

See the Awards Committee homepage for a list of members.

Purpose

The purpose of the Technical Services SIS grants program is to provide financial assistance to librarians who might not otherwise be able to attend an AALL-sponsored workshop due to limited financial resources. Funds are provided by TS-SIS from dues and private contributions and are a benefit of membership in both AALL and the SIS.

TS-SIS offers six grant opportunities (described below):

This page also includes information about OBS/TS FROG (Funding Research Opportunities Grant).

Marla Schwartz Education Grant

A grant to cover the cost of registration may be awarded to support attendance at AALL-sponsored educational events related to technical services (to include but not limited to cataloging, preservation, acquisitions, collection development, serials, electronic resources and management). Grants will not be awarded for non-AALL affiliated programs. The Marla Schwartz grant may be awarded to support attendance at any of the events listed above, and/or, it may be used to support attendance at CONELL. While an applicant for the Schwartz grant need not be a member of AALL or TS-SIS, the Awards Committee will give preference to those who plan careers in technical services law librarianship.

Criteria

  • financial need
  • individuals who have not previously attended an AALL sponsored educational event
  • individuals who have not previously received a TS-SIS sponsored educational grant
  • new or student members of TS-SIS who have interest in professional development or scholarly activity
  • students in library science/information studies programs, who may not be a member of either AALL or TS-SIS, but who plan careers in technical services law librarianship

Each applicant must submit

  • a resume that includes current position and relevant previous positions
  • application form (32 KB Word version) which includes:
    • estimate of expenses for attending the event
    • statement of how much financial support will be provided by the applicant's employer
    • expected graduation date (for student applicants)
    • brief statement (200 words maximum) explaining how attendance will help applicant achieve professional goals
    • two (2) reference letters supporting the application by individuals who are familiar with the applicant's work or the applicant's interest in professional development as a technical services law librarian

Each recipient will be expected to

  • write an article about their experience at the educational event for TSLL. Coordinate with TSLL editor for timing of article (Annual Meeting issue deadline is usually late August).
  • attend the TS-SIS business meeting, if at AALL Annual Meeting

New Member General Grant

A grant to cover the cost of registration may be awarded to support attendance at AALL-sponsored educational events related to technical services (to include but not limited to cataloging, preservation, acquisitions, collection development, serials, electronic resources and management). Grants will not be awarded for non-AALL affiliated programs.

Criteria

  • financial need
  • member of TS-SIS for five (5) or fewer years
  • have not received a TS-SIS sponsored educational grant previously
  • desire for professional engagement
  • preference will be given to individuals who have not previously attended an AALL-sponsored educational event

Each applicant must submit

  • a resume that incudes current position and relevant previous positions
  • application form (32 KB Word version) which includes:
    • estimate of expenses for attending the event
    • statement of how much financial support will be provided by the applicant's employer
    • brief statement (200 words maximum) explaining how attendance will help applicant achieve professional goals
    • two (2) reference letters supporting the application by individuals who are familiar with the applicant's work or the applicant's interest in professional development as a technical services law librarian

Each recipient will be expected to

  • serve on a TS-SIS committee of their choosing the next term
  • write an article about their experience at the educational event for TSLL. Coordinate with TSLL editor for timing of article (Annual Meeting issue deadline is usually late August).
  • attend the TS-SIS business meeting, if at AALL Annual Meeting

Experienced Member General Grant

A grant to cover the cost of registration to support attendance at AALL sponsored educational events related to technical services (to include but not limited to cataloging, preservation, acquisitions, collection development, serials, electronic resources and management). Grants will not be awarded for non-AALL affiliated programs.

Criteria

  • financial need
  • member of TS-SIS for six (6) or more years
  • desire for professional engagement
  • preference will be given to individuals who have not previously attended an AALL-sponsored educational event Each applicant must submit
  • a resume that incudes current position and relevant previous positions
  • application form (32 KB Word version) which includes:
    • estimate of expenses for attending the event
    • statement of how much financial support will be provided by the applicant's employer
    • brief statement (200 words maximum) explaining how attendance will help applicant achieve professional goals
    • two (2) reference letters supporting the application by individuals who are familiar with the applicant's work or the applicant's interest in professional development as a technical services law librarian

Each recipient will be expected to

  • serve on a TS-SIS committee of their choosing the next term
  • write an article about their experience at the educational event for TSLL. Coordinate with TSLL editor for timing of article (Annual Meeting issue deadline is usually late August).attend the TS-SIS business meeting, if at AALL Annual Meeting

Active Member Grant

A grant to cover the cost of registration and travel expenses (up to $1000) may be awarded to support attendance at AALL sponsored educational events related to technical services (to include but not limited to cataloging, preservation, acquisitions, collection development, serials, electronic resources and management). Grants will not be awarded for non-AALL affiliated programs.

Criteria

  • financial need
  • individuals who have not received a TS-SIS sponsored grant in past five (5) years
  • active member of TS-SIS who has participated in TS-SIS and AALL activities (for example, committee chairs, conference speakers, and TSLL)

Each applicant must submit

  • a resume that incudes current position and relevant previous positions
  • application form (32 KB Word version) which includes:
    • evidence of professional involvement
    • estimate of expenses for attending the event
    • statement of how much financial support will be provided by the applicant's employer
    • brief statement (200 words maximum) explaining how attendance will help applicant achieve professional goals
    • two (2) reference letters supporting the application by individuals who are familiar with the applicant's work or the applicant's interest in professional development as a technical services law librarian

Each recipient will be expected to

  • volunteer to be a mentor in AALL Mentor Match service
  • write an article about their experience at the educational event for TSLL. Coordinate with TSLL editor for timing of article (Annual Meeting issue deadline is usually late August).
  • attend the TS-SIS business meeting, if at AALL Annual Meeting

Leadership Academy Grant

A grant may be awarded biennially to support attendance at the AALL Leadership Academy by a TS-SIS member. This grant is a reimbursement for transportation, lodging, meals, and/or registration expenses up to $1000 (with accompanying receipts).

Criteria

  • financial need
  • documentation of acceptance into AALL Leadership Academy
  • member of TS-SIS

Each applicant must submit:

  • a résumé that includes current position and relevant previous positions
  • application form (32 KB Word version) which includes:
    • evidence of professional involvement
    • itemized estimate of transportation, lodging, meals, and/or registration expenses for attending the Academy
    • statement of how much financial support will be provided by the applicant's employer
    • brief statement (200 words maximum) connecting attendance at Academy with service to TS-SIS
    • indicate whether you will be unable to attend the Academy without funding from this grant
  • copy of Leadership Academy application (no letters required) and copy of notification of acceptance into the Academy
  • one letter of recommendation

The recipient will be expected to:

  • volunteer to serve in a TS-SIS leadership position (such as executive officer, committee chair or intern) within two years of attending the Academy
  • write an article about their experience at the Academy for TSLL within the year
  • participate in the TS-SIS business meeting, if at AALL Annual Meeting

Management Institute Grant

A grant may be awarded biennially to support attendance at the AALL Management Institute by a TS-SIS member. This grant is a reimbursement for transportation, lodging, meals, and/or registration expenses up to $1000 (with accompanying receipts).

Criteria

  • financial need
  • documentation of registration for the AALL Management Institute
  • member of TS-SIS

Each applicant must submit:

  • a résumé that incudes current position and relevant previous positions
  • application form (32 KB Word version) which includes:
    • evidence of professional involvement
    • itemized estimate of transportation, lodging, meals, and/or registration expenses for attending the Institute
    • statement of how much financial support will be provided by the applicant's employer
    • statement describing their interest in the Institute and financial need
    • indicate whether you will be unable to attend the Institute without funding from this grant
  • a copy of registration confirmation for the Institute
  • one letter of recommendation

The recipient will be expected to:

  • write an article about their experience at the Institute for TSLL within the year
  • participate in the TS-SIS business meeting, if at AALL Annual Meeting

Selection and Notification

The Awards Committee will review the applications and select one or more individuals to receive a grant. These individuals will be notified by telephone within a month after applications are due. Announcements will be posted to the TS-SIS and law-lib online discussion lists and will be included in TSLL.

(Approved by Technical Services Special Interest Section Board, July 2001; revised March 2007; revised September 2014; revised September 2015)


OBS/TS FROG (Funding Research Opportunities Grant)

The purpose of this grant is to provide support for law librarians to perform research or assessment projects which will enhance our profession. FROG applicants must be members of AALL and must show evidence that the research will benefit technical services law librarianship. The OBS/TS FROG Committee will award up to $1,000 in grants in a single year.

For additional information, please contact Kerry Skinner by email at Kerry.Skinner@asu.edu or see the FROG website.