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2014 Recipients

Following is the eighth recipient of the Marla Schwartz Grant. The grant will assist with attendance at the 2014 San Antonio, Texas Annual Meeting.

  • Michelle Modic, Technical Services Intern, Duke University, Goodson Law Library, Durham, North Carolina.

The following received Educational Grants to attend the 2014 San Antonio, Texas Annual Meeting.

  • Sabrina Davis, Reference Librarian, Oklahoma City University Law Library, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Ning Han, Technical Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, Concordia University, George R. White Law Library, Boise, Idaho.

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.

The Marla Schwartz grant is a special educational grant intended for newer law librarians and graduate students in library/information studies programs.  This grant was established to honor Marla's memory and achievements.

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

This page also includes information about OBS/TS Joint Research Grants.

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

Deadline

  • All application materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair by 11:59 pm EST on March 30.

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

Deadline

  • All application materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair by 11:59 pm EST on March 30

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

Deadline

  • All application materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair by 11:59 pm EST on March 30

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

Deadline

  • All application materials must be received by the Awards Committee Chair by 11:59 pm EST on March 30

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

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)


OBS/TS Joint Research Grant

The purpose of this grant is to provide support for law librarians to perform research or assessment projects which will enhance our profession. Joint Research Grant applicants must be members of AALL and must show evidence that the research will benefit technical services law librarianship. The OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Committee (JRGC) 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 Joint Research Grant website.