FROG Annual Reports

FROG Committee Annual Reports

  • 2015 - 2016

    FROG (Funding Research Opportunities Grant 2015-2016 Annual Report

    2015-2016 Members: Kerry Skinner (Chair), Christina Tarr (OBS), Virginia Bryant (OBS), Fredrick Chan (TS), Julie Thomas (TS), Karen Selden (Representative-at-large).

    New grant guidelines update

    The committee systematically updated all of the OBS and TS webpages and brochures to reflect the new name of the grant and the new grant guidelines.

    New member title

    The “ex-officio” member’s appointment and roll were unclear to the grant committee members as well as the executive boards of OBS and TS. After a review of the origin and history of this position, the committee with approval of the boards opted to change the title of the member from “ex-officio” to representative-at-large. Going forward, the representative-at-large will be appointed by the chair of the FROG committee to serve one term.


    In an effort to broaden our advertising and to attract grant applicants, the committee explored the possibility of “piggy-backing” our advertising on other announcements regarding research opportunities from both within the SISs and AALL and also from other organizations such as SLA. Because the grant now has a rolling deadline, it makes sense to advertise more frequently than just before deadlines and also to try to link the grant with other information that promotes research.

    Boilerplate language

    In order to help facilitate ongoing advertising and to empower each member of the FROG committee to advertise the grant when an opportunity arises, boilerplate language was constructed for the advertising. The idea is that when a committee member sees a TS/OBS research or “experimental” opportunity arise, they will be able to easily and quickly construct advertising to accompany or piggy-back on that information.

    Advertising and grant applications

    The grant now has a rolling deadline running on the same fiscal year as the SISs. The committee advertised the grant a number of times this year. Unfortunately, we did not receive any applications for the grant.

  • 2014 - 2015

    OBS/TS Joint Research Grant / FROG (Funding Research Opportunities Grant) Committee
    2014-2015 Annual Report

    2014-15 Members: Kerry Skinner (Chair), Christina Tarr (OBS), Ellen McGrath (OBS), Fredrick Chan (TS), Julie Thomas (TS), Hollie White (ex officio, Dec. 2014-June 2015), Chris Long (ex officio, July 2014-Nov. 2014).

    Revamping the Grant

    In July 2014 the committee forwarded a proposal to revamp the grant in an effort to make it more accessible. The OBS and TS boards approved the proposal and a task force to revamp the grant was formed.

    Revamp the Grant Task Force

    Task force members: Ellen McGrath (Chair), Christina Tarr, Fredrick Chan, Chris Long, Kerry Skinner, Julie Thomas, Hollie White.

    The task force met from in the fall of 2015 and collaboratively worked to rework the grant and application process. The Task Force’s full report, final grant guidelines and application form can be found on the OBS/TS Joint Research Grant, My Communities library. The grant revision was approved by both the TS and OBS Boards. The OBS and TS websites were updated with the new grant guidelines and application form.

    Naming Contest

    During the spring, as the next step in the grant revamp process, the committee focused on drawing more attention to the grant’s existence and purpose through launching a re-naming contest. The contest was set up using the websites and and AALL members were invited to submit entries and vote for their favorite of the finalists. 50 name entries were submitted which the committee narrowed down to 5 finalists using predetermined criteria. (Contest Rules can be found on the OBS/TS JRG My Communities Library). 116 members then cast votes for their favorite name. The winning entry, FROG (Funding Research Opportunities Grant) submitted by Karen Selden, won with 34% of the vote. The prize for winning entry was a $50 Amazon gift card funded by the OBS and TS-SISs. All entrants were placed in a random drawing ( for the other two prizes, a year’s membership to OBS and TS, which were won by Calmer Chattoo and Kristina Alayan respectively.

    Advertising and grant applications

    The grant now has a rolling deadline running on the same fiscal year as the SISs. The committee advertised the grant under the old guidelines once in the fall and used the Naming Contest as a way to bring further awareness to the new grant guidelines in the spring. Unfortunately, we did not receive any applications for the grant this year.

  • 2013 - 2014

    OBS-SIS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant Committee
    2013-2014 Annual Report

    Submitted by: Kerry Skinner
    Ross-Blakley Law Library, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

    This year the committee updated the grant information on the OBS and TS websites and AALL Communities page with new committee information and fixing all broken links left from the OBS webpage revision the year before. We then advertised the grant in the following places with a single deadline in May.

    Unfortunately, we again did not have any applicants.

    It has been 10 years since there was an applicant for the grant. The committee met on March 19, to discuss the lack of applications with the grant. The committee then decided that it may be time to revisit the grant guidelines and structure in light of the changing work realities of technical services librarians.

    The committee drafted a proposal asking the OBS & TS Executive Boards to grant permission to begin looking at revamping the grant. We then met a second time to discuss the proposal, the upcoming survey, and plans for the next year.

    The committee solicited feedback from the members about why no one is applying for the grant by creating and disseminating a survey from June 19 to June 27, 2014. The survey was successful with 120 respondents.

    The Committee forwarded the Proposal to Revamp the Grant and a Summary of Survey Results to the OBS/TS Executive Boards for their review.

  • 2012 - 2013

    OBS-SIS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant Committee
    2012-2013 Annual Report

    In 2012-2013, the Joint Research Grant continued its efforts in advertising the grant by including advertisements on both the TS and OBS email lists, in the Presidents newsletter, in TSLL, and in various regional newsletters. To simplify the application process, an online grant submission form was created with the help of Katrina Piechnik and F. Tim Knight. Unfortunately, despite these efforts no one applied for this year’s grant.

  • 2011 - 2012

    OBS-SIS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant Committee
    2011-2012 Annual Report

    By Hollie White

    This year the Joint Research Grant Committee decided to expand its web presence by developing its own AALL Community page and attempting to implement a new online grant application submission form. The Joint Research Grant Community page was created in Fall 2011 and includes a blog to which many JRG committee members contributed. Members from both TS and OBS have joined this community.

    Work to create an online grant application submission form began with the committee consulting both the OBS and TS Web editors. After that, AALL headquarters was approached to help with the project. AALL Headquarters IT staff refused to assist in the project and placed the project in the hands of the OBS Web editor. A few mock-ups were presented and refined. By early 2012, it was discovered that full implementation of an online web form would not be possible by the Spring 2012 grant deadline. This project will have to be delayed for another year with possible implementation by Spring 2013.

    The Joint Research Grant was advertised in local chapter newsletters, on the TS and OBS email lists, the Technical Services Newsletter, and multiple times in the AALL President’s E-Newsletter. Again, despite these advertising efforts and the new online presence, there were no applicants for this year’s grant. Promotion and work for the Fall JRG deadline will continue this summer into the fall.

    The committee has developed a survey that will help determine why people are not applying for the grant. The survey will be sent to a University-based Institutional Review Board for approval and distributed to TS and OBS member in the upcoming year.

    The Joint Research Grant Committee members continue to see the value of the OBS/TS SIS Joint Research Grant as well as the research it attempts to support.