Awards & Grants


LISP awards the Janet Hedin Grant years in which AALL holds the Leadership Academy. This grant provides financial assistance to attend the AALL Leadership Academy.

Janet Hedin was a respected and beloved law librarian and adjunct professor as well as member of LISP. She was a Reference Librarian at the Michigan State University College of Law, John F. Schaefer Law Library. She taught Research, Writing & Analysis; Advanced Legal Research; and Transnational Legal Research. For more than 15 years she coached two international moot court teams (Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court and Niagara International Moot Court) as well as coaching and judging for several intramural teams.  Janet received her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 1983. Her BA from Nazareth College (1979) and MLIS from Wayne State University (2006). Her service to AALL and the Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL) was admirable and wide-ranging.  She served many years on the Editorial Board of the Technical Services Law Librarian newsletter as an OBS-SIS Representatives. She was a member of MichALL throughout her career and served as President (2010-11) and newsletter editor. In 2013, Janet had the honor of serving on the AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee, and worked tirelessly to craft an annual meeting program filled with relevant topics and accomplished speakers.  Not only did Janet select speakers, she also served as a speaker at several annual meetings.  Janet served LISP as Secretary/Treasurer in 2013-14 and Chaired the Awards and Grants Committee for many years. Her service ethos reached beyond the library profession and she served many years on the Board of Directors of the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC), and even drew upon her creative side when she chaired the Friends of Polish Art Short Story Competition. She was a selfless volunteer of many charities and organizations, and a passionate animal lover, but she is remembered mostly for her warmth, generosity and adventurous spirit. Janet passed away November 17, 2015.

This grant, established in Janet’s honor, will be used basically to cover the registration cost for attending the Leadership Academy.  The grant may also be used to help cover travel and lodging expenses for the successful candidate.

A total amount of $1,000 is available to be awarded at the discretion of the committee to one or more eligible recipients.


Anyone who has applied to attend the Leadership Academy is welcome to apply for a grant, although preference will be given to members of LISP-SIS. The final award of the grant money is contingent on acceptance into the Leadership Academy.

Submission Procedure

Please complete the application which can be found in the uploaded files, a personal statement, and one letter of recommendation and email a single attachment back to the Chair of the LISP-SIS Grants Committee. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Grants Committee with questions.


Will be issued in the form of reimbursement after completion of the Academy.

Kathy Garner Grant

LISP awards the Kathy Garner Grant each spring to provide AALL members with financial assistance to attend the AALL annual meeting.

Kathy Garner was a highly esteemed and beloved member of LISP, which she chaired in 1991-1992.  An emerita Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law Library, she taught legal research and was a member of the Lawyering Skills faculty. Kathy received her law degree with honors from SIU in 1983, where she was Managing Editor of SIU Law Journal.  She also held a B.A. in English Literature fromthe University of Oregon, and a Master of Librarianship from the University of Washington. She published articles in Law Library Journal and SIU Law Journal, and was assistant editor for publications on water law and legal research teaching. She was a member of the Illinois Bar, AALL, ABA, and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries. She retired in 1999, but remained active with women’s issues and especially efforts to end domestic violence until her death from cancer in 2005.

This grant, established in Kathy’s honor, will be used basically to cover the registration cost for attending AALL. The grant may also be used to help cover travel and lodging expenses for the successful candidate.