SR-SIS Education & Awareness Grant

In 2017, the SR board established the SR-SIS Education & Awareness Grant to support a wide variety of projects that relate to SR-SIS priorities. The subject matter supported by this Grant rotates each year to ensure that projects related to the work of each of the SR-SIS’s standing committees will receive support:

  • 2018-2019: Projects related to Environmental Sustainability
  • 2019-2020: Projects related to Assistance for Prisoners
  • 2020-2021: Projects related to Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
  • 2021-2022: Projects related to Disability Issues

Although the subject matter is fixed, the form that projects can take is wide open. The SR-SIS Education Committee solicits proposals for all manner of projects, including but not limited to:

  • Posters for presentation at the AALL annual meeting or other conferences
  • Public awareness campaigns at your institution, in your community, or at conferences
  • Development of software, applications, or websites
  • Research and writing projects
  • Registration and travel to a conference

Grant Amount

The SR-SIS Education Committee will consider requests between $50 and $1,000. Applicants with larger funding needs are encouraged to explore multiple sources of funding.


The grant may be awarded to any person though preference will be given to members of the SR-SIS and those who have not received this grant in the past. In the event circumstances prevent the use of the grant money by a grant recipient, the grant funds revert to the SR-SIS.

Application Process

Applications are due April 30, 2021.

Look for an announcement posted to the SR and Members Open Forum communities. Applications must be submitted via email to the SR-SIS Vice Chair / Chair Elect, and must include:

The Application Form must include a detailed description of the project, including expenses and a statement about how the project relates to the subject matter supported by the SR-SIS Grant this year. The Recommendation Letter should be from an employer, colleague or peer who is familiar with you and your interest or activities related to the subject of your grant application.

Past Recipients

  • 2019 - 2020

    Katelyn Golsby & Jake Gottfredson
    Prison Legal Research pamphlet (LRP)

    Prison Legal Research pamphlet (English)
    Prison Legal Research pamphlet (Spanish)
    Presentation & Discussion (June 17, 2020)

    The LRP is a brief guide to help incarcerated persons begin legal research from within the walls of the prison— and with the resources available in the prison law library. The lessons in the LRP impart basic concepts that are not necessarily intuitive to a person who does not have a background in law or research. These concepts include: How to use a table of contents; How to utilize an index; How to construct a Boolean query; and how to conceptualize the legal doctrine of jurisdiction. The LRP is designed with bright colors, graphic icons, and easy-to-read sentences. When creating the LRP, we considered principles of universal design to make the guide as approachable and accessible as possible.

  • 2018 - 2019

    Mary Cheney

    In the process of migrating web platforms, a crucial and vital collection vanished. The underlying files of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) were still available as we had saved them in the cloud, but were no longer digitally available to the public. Mari’s project not only made the files available to the public, but tied the past work of IWC with current scholarship and advocacy efforts of Lewis and Clark Law School faculty, particularly to the International Environmental Law Project. In addition to making the files available online, Mari presented a poster at the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting on how to accomplish a digitization project like this with minimal resources and a small staff.

  • 2017 - 2018

    AJ Blechner and Sarah Ann Lewis

    Received funding for the production of four lecture videos featuring experts in disability issues covering a number of topics. Some topics might include: PTSD, anxiety and depression, space design, and electronic access. In addition to funds to compensate experts and cover their travel and incidental expenses, we also require funds for closed captioning, audio description, and transcript creation for all the videos we produce in order to make them fully accessible.

    The videos will be part of a larger difficult conversations toolkit​:

    ​This toolkit will provide materials that libraries can use for professional development purposes to provide staff with the tools and confidence necessary to engage with issues of mental health and disability. This introductory training tool will assist librarians in having conversations related to disability and accessibility services in libraries, with a particular focus on serving patrons with mental health issues. This resource will be freely available to all AALL members through AALL and be advertised and supported through the Standing Committee on Disability Issues.