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
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.
Applications are due March 1.
Look for an announcement posted to the SR and Members Open Forum communities. Applications must be submitted electronically using the SR-SIS Grant Application form. The application 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. Preview the grant application here: http://bit.ly/2whXluv.
Along with your completed application, please submit one (1) letter of recommendation from an employer, colleague or peer. Recommendations should be sought from those who are familiar with you and your interest or activities related to the subject of your grant application. Letters of recommendation may be submitted with your application or emailed separately to the SR-SIS Vice Chair.
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.