FCIL Schaffer Grant

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The purpose of the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians is to provide financial assistance to ensure the presence and participation of a foreign librarian at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference.  Foreign attendees enrich AALL events by sharing global perspectives for the benefit of all participants.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians for the July 15-18, 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas provides the following support:

  1. A waiver of the AALL Annual Meeting full registration fee.
  2. A grant of a minimum US $2,000 to assist with accommodations and travel costs.

Note: The FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient will be responsible for supplementing the FCIL Schaffer Grant funds with other sources if necessary.

Qualifications: An applicant must be a law librarian or other professional working in the legal information field, who is currently employed in a country other than the United States.  An applicant must be in a position of significant responsibility for the dissemination, preservation, and/or organization of legal information.  An applicant may be from any type of law library (public, law firm, corporate, academic, court, etc.).  An applicant who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the AALL Annual Meeting is invited and encouraged to apply. Applicants must have sufficient English proficiency to fully participate in the conference (both listening and speaking) without an interpreter.

The Grant Committee will not consider applications from individuals who have previously received the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians.

Selection Criteria: The Grant Committee will evaluate an application on the basis of the foreign law librarian’s ability to add to our knowledge of law, legal information, and law librarianship from a foreign perspective. The Grant Committee may give preference to an applicant from an under-represented country or region, to someone who demonstrates financial need, or to an applicant who has never attended an AALL Annual Meeting

In order to ensure diversity, the Grant Committee will endeavor not to select recipients from the same country as FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipients of the previous three years.

Grant Recipient Responsibilities: At the conference, the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient will be expected to share his or her knowledge and experience with other law librarians by making a presentation, participating in a panel discussion, or taking questions from the audience at an FCIL-sponsored meeting or event. After the conference, the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient agrees to write a short article or report (1-2 pages in length) for the Fall 2017 issue of the FCIL-SIS newsletter.  The recipient is welcome to propose alternate or additional means of sharing his or her knowledge.

Application procedure: To be considered for the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians, please submit an Application Form and a résumé of your professional qualifications. The Application Form should be filled out as completely as possible. Simultaneous electronic submission of a completed Application and résumé is preferred but not required.

All documents should be in English and should be sent together (electronically or traditional mail) by December 16, 2016 to the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee Chair:

Mark Engsberg, Director
Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library
Emory University School of Law
1301 Clifton Road NE,  M511
Atlanta, GA 30322   USA
email: mengsbe@emory.edu

Deadline: The Chair of the Selection Committee must receive all applications by December 16, 2016. The Selection Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.

Timing of Grant Disbursement: Please note that Schaffer Grant funds are disbursed to the recipient by AALL at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting. Thus, it is the recipient’s responsibility to pay for all upfront costs associated with attending the 2017 Annual Meeting, such as visa fees and airfare, and to plan for these expenses accordingly.

Notification: The Selection Committee will notify the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient and other applicants of its award decision by April 17, 2017. The Selection Committee also may post a general announcement in AALL publications and listservs.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient will receive a formal letter of invitation to the conference from the American Association of Law Libraries. However, it is the recipient’s responsibility to obtain a United States visa for travel to and from the conference. Since the process of obtaining a United States visa is very slow, the recipient is urged to submit their visa application as soon as possible after receiving written confirmation of selection. If circumstances prevent the recipient from attending the AALL Annual Meeting, the grant will revert to the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Committee for disposition at the discretion of the Committee.

Past Winners of the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians

Year Recipient Program/Article
 2017 Rosemarie Rogers, New Zealand  Speaker, "I am the River and the River is Me"
 2016 Rheny Pulungan, Australia Speaker, "The Legal Research Landscape in Indonesia: Limitations and Possibilities"
Atarino Helieisar, Federated States of Micronesia Speaker: "The Federated States of Micronesia Supreme Court Law Libraries: Bridging Legal Information in the FSM States & Beyond"
 2014 Irene Kraft, Netherlands
Speaker: "Envisioning the World’s International Criminal Law Library at the International Criminal Court "
 2013 Bard Sverre Tuseth, Norway  Speaker: Nordic Legal Cooperation and its Impact on Legal Research (pdf)
 2012 Priya Rai, India Speaker: Access to Indian Legal Information in a Digital Environment: A Comparative Study of Electronic Commercial Databases and Public Domain Resources in Law: powerpoint and podcast
 2011 Gloria Orrego Hoyos, Argentina Speaker: Never Again, Never Forget: The Role of Libraries and Archives in Reconstructing Memory of Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ (podcast)
 2010 Ufuoma Lamikanra, Nigeria Speaker: Conflict of Laws in a Federation: The Nigerian Experience (podcast)
 2009 Ahmadullah Masoud, Afghanistan Speaker: The Past, Present, and Future of the Law Library and Librarianship in Afghanistan: The Challenges and Rewards of Building a Library After 30 Years of War (podcast)
 2008 Leanne Cummings, Australia Speaker: Current Trends within the Australian Economy and Legal Industry, and its Impact upon Law Librarians (pdf)
 2007 Cheng Zhen, China Panelist: Publication of Chinese Legal Materials
 2006 Hind Al-Helaly, Egypt Speaker: The Egyptian Legal System ( ppt)
 2005  Irma Aladashvili, Georgia Speaker: CIS and Eastern European Law Interest Group
 2004 Milagros Santos-Ong, Philippines Article: Report of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Meeting and Conference (pdf)
 2003 Emmanuel Mensah Darkey, Ghana Article: Memories of the 96th Annual AALL Meeting in Seattle (pdf)
 2001 Sania Battalova, Kyrgyz Republic Article: First recipient of the New Ellen Schaffer Foreign Librarian’s Grant Attends AALL Annual Meeting; Sania's Follow-up Report (pdf)

The FCIL-SIS gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of its many donors!

Despite valuable support from AALL, FCIL, vendors, and individual AALL members, the Grant Fund does not fully cover the cost of transportation, lodging, and food for grant recipients. Your tax-deductible donations can keep this valuable Grant alive. Read what past recipients have to say about the Grant and their experiences at the AALL Annual Meeting. Contributions should be sent directly to AALL. To contribute, please fill out and send in the form from the AALL website. Make your check payable to “AALL” or “American Association of Law Libraries;” please write “Schaffer Grant” in the “For”/”Note” portion of the check. Checks together with completed forms may be mailed to:

105 West Adams St.,
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60603. 

AALL is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and these contributions may be tax-deductible.

2017 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee

  Mark Engsberg (Chair)
  Ass. Prof. of Law and 
  Director of Library Services
  Emory University School of Law
  Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library
  1301 Clifton Road NE
  Atlanta, GA 30322-2770
  Steven Alexandre da Costa
  Senior Legal Information Librarian
  Boston University School of Law
  765 Commonwealth Avenue
  Boston, MA 02215

  Sherry L. Leysen
  Research / Instruction Librarian
  Fowler School of Law,
  Chapman University
  One University Drive
  Orange, CA  92866

  Hunter Whaley
  Reference Librarian
  Columbia Law School
  435 West 116th Street
  New York, NY 10027