ARCHIVED: Librarian from Kyrgyz Republic Awarded Inaugural Schaffer Grant

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June 21, 2001

Congratulations to Sania Battalova of Kyrgyz Republic, the first recipient of the 2001 Ellen Schaffer Foreign Librarian's Grant. Established to provide financial assistance to foreign librarians attending the AALL Annual Meeting, the grant covers Battalova's registration, travel and per diem expenses for this year's Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

Members of the Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section will have the opportunity to meet Battalova at the Annual Meeting during the FCIL SIS Reception for Members and Attendees from Abroad on July 16 from 5:15 p.m.- 5:45 p.m. At the reception, Battalova, the specialist for information and computer technologies at the National Library Center for Legal Information in Bishkek, will report on the activities of her institution.

Ellen Schaffer, librarian at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany, established the grant to ensure the presence and participation of foreign librarians at the AALL Annual Meeting. Schaffer believes that foreign attendees enrich AALL events by sharing their global perspectives. Thus only librarians who work in countries other than the United States are eligible to apply for the grant. The Schaffer Grant covers AALL Annual Meeting registration costs and a percentage of travel and per diem expenses for the meeting. The amount available for travel and per diem expenses varies, depending on the annual income generated by the grant's fund.

For more information about the Ellen Schaffer Foreign Librarian's Grant, please visit