ARCHIVED: Ellen Schaffer Foreign Librarians Grant Applications Available; Deadline is April 16, 2001

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January 18, 2001

Foreign attendees enrich AALL events by sharing global perspectives to the benefit of all participants. In that spirit, Ellen Schaffer, Librarian at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany, made a generous pledge of $10,000 to establish a new restricted fund and grant for international attendees at the AALL Annual Meetings. AALL will match Schaffer's pledge. The Ellen Schaffer Foreign Librarians Grant (Schaffer Grant) will be administered by the AALL Scholarship Committee and the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Library Special Interest Section (FCIL).

The 2001 inaugural Schaffer Grant will cover the AALL Annual Meeting registration costs for the selected foreign librarians and a percentage of their travel and per diem expenses. The amount available for travel and per diem expenses may vary, depending on the annual income generated by the Schaffer Grant fund.

Applicants must be librarians who work in countries other than the United States of America. Application forms are available in both PDF and HTML formats on the FCIL web site at The application deadline is April 16, 2001.

Tracy Thompson, FCIL-SIS Secretary/Treasurer and chair of the AALL/FCIL-SIS Grant Committee said "Ellen Schaffer is a lively, caring mentor to many librarians. She was our dynamic FCIL-SIS chair in 1987-88. Ellen taught us how to conduct GATT research at the 1993 AALL Institute, Introduction to International Organizations, and co-directed the 1996 AALL Institute, Contemporary Practice of Public International Law. The FCIL-SIS Executive Committee thanks Ellen Schaffer for a career of generosity to librarians as most recently expressed through the establishment of the Schaffer Grant."