Getting to AALL 2017 (Austin, TX)

Hi, everyone! Please allow me to introduce myself – my name is Marty Witt and I am the current chair of the Academic Law Libraries New Law Librarians (ALL-NEW) Committee. Over the next few months, the ALL-SIS “What’s New” blog will be hosting guest blog posts by different members of the ALL-NEW committee. I’m kicking it off this month with a post that I hope will be useful to a wide range of law librarians and professionals, including those newer to the field. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a reply below and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

It’s the end of February, so it’s the time of year when plans begin to form for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting. This year, the meeting is going to be held in Austin, TX from July 15 – 18. Registration is already open and early registration discounts are available through June 2.

One of the most common challenges faced by AALL members of all types is how professional development and conference attendance be supported/funded. Some institutions will cover only a portion of the cost of attendance, while others may leave the funding completely up to the individual. The conference registration ($599 early bird), hotel ($208/night for the HQ hotel), flight (~$300 right now from NY, but varies greatly), plus other expenses all tend to add up quickly. Fortunately, there are a variety of grants available, from the parent AALL organization, from Special Interest Sections, from regional law library associations, and other organizations. A listing of grant opportunities appears below, and I strongly encourage you to apply for any that you could possibly qualify for.

Grants only included in this listing if current application information and/or deadlines were readily available. Information was retrieved from a variety of sources, including AALL Annual Meeting GrantsChapter Sponsored Grants, Special Interest Section Sponsored Grants, Email listservs, and open web searches. Every effort has been made to impart accurate information, but always verify descriptions and deadlines by checking the More Information link provided. If you have information on another available grant you’d like to share, please leave a reply below and I will update the listings as needed.

Good luck, and I hope to see many of you in Austin!

Annual Meeting Grants (organized by deadline date)

Name: ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant
DeadlineWednesday, March 1, 2017
Description: The Active Member Stimulus Grant is given to a law librarian with a record of demonstrated service to ALL-SIS. To qualify for the grant, the winner must be an active member of ALL-SIS with demonstrated financial need who plans to attend the AALL Annual Meeting. Serving as an ALL-SIS committee chair or vice-chair are examples of proof of being active in ALL-SIS, but these activities are not required of applicants. Grant recipients are chosen, in large part, based on demonstrated financial need.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/awards/criteria.asp#active

Name: ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant
Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Description: To qualify for the grant, the winner must be a member of ALL-SIS with demonstrated financial need who plans to attend the AALL Annual Meeting. Grant recipients are chosen, in large part, based on demonstrated financial need.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/awards/criteria.asp#regular

Name: ALL-SIS CONELL Grant
Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Description: The Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL) is held every year in conjunction with the AALL Annual Meeting. The purpose of CONELL is to welcome the newer members of the profession to the organization, introduce them to the Association and its leaders, and provide a setting for newer members to become acquainted with each other.
There are two ALL-SIS CONELL Grants in the amount of $500 each, which are given to newer law librarians to attend CONELL. The purpose of the CONELL Grant is to promote participation by newer academic law librarians in AALL and the ALL-SIS. There is no requirement that the grant be given every year. The grant is presented annually at the discretion of the ALL-SIS Awards Committee.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/awards/criteria.asp#conell

Name: Arizona Association of Law Libraries (AzALL) Grant
Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Description: The purpose of the AzALL Grants Program is to financially assist librarians who hold promise of future involvement in the law library profession. Preference will be given to newer, active members of AzALL or newer, active members of AALL. The type and number of grants are determined annually by the Executive Board in consultation with the Grants Committee. The applicant must be a current, paid member of AzALL at the time of filing an application.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/chapter/azll/committees/grants.asp

Name: AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section Grant for Students and Newer Librarians (under 3 years experience)
Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017
Description: The purpose of the AALL CS-SIS Grants Program for Students and Newer Librarians is to provide financial assistance for newer librarians or students in library/information school or law school to attend the AALL annual meeting, or a workshop offered at the annual meeting. Among the factors taken into consideration are qualities or activities that indicate the person shows promise of future involvement in the law library profession, especially those who are directly involved in providing technology support of any kind within law libraries.
Grants will cover registration costs to attend the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, Texas, or registration fees for another educational event, such as CONNELL or a pre-conference workshop held in Austin, Texas. All funds are provided by the AALL CS-SIS.
Successful CS-SIS Grant awardees are expected to write an article about some aspect of their experience attending the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Austin. The article may feature an in-depth review of one program attended or an overview of your whole conference experience, for example.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/gm-node/54438.aspx [Word Doc download]

Name: AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section Grant for Experienced Librarians (3+ years experience)
Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017
Description: The purpose of the AALL CS-SIS Grants Program is to provide financial assistance to librarians who have a demonstrated commitment to the law library profession, especially those who are directly involved in providing technology support of any kind within law libraries.
Grants will cover registration costs to attend the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, Texas, or registration fees for another educational event, such as CONNELL or a pre-conference workshop held in Austin, Texas. All funds are provided by the AALL CS-SIS.
Successful CS-SIS Grant awardees are expected to write an article about some aspect of their experience attending the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Austin. The article may feature an in-depth review of one program attended or an overview of your whole conference experience, for example.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/gm-node/54437.aspx [Word Doc download]

Name: Technical Services Special Interest Section New Member General Grant
Deadline: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST
Description: A grant to cover the cost of registration may be awarded to support attendance at AALL-sponsored educational events related to technical services (to include but not limited to cataloging, preservation, acquisitions, collection development, serials, electronic resources and management). Grants will not be awarded for non-AALL affiliated programs. Criteria: financial need; member of TS-SIS for five (5) or fewer years; have not received a TS-SIS sponsored educational grant previously; desire for professional engagement; preference will be given to individuals who have not previously attended an AALL-sponsored educational event.
Each recipient will be expected to: serve on a TS-SIS committee of their choosing the next term; write an article about their experience at the educational event for TSLL. Coordinate with TSLL editor for timing of article (Annual Meeting issue deadline is usually late August); attend the TS-SIS business meeting, if at AALL Annual Meeting.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/awards/Grants#newmember

Name: Technical Services Special Interest Section Experienced Member General Grant
DeadlineTuesday, March 21, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST
Description: A grant to cover the cost of registration to support attendance at AALL sponsored educational events related to technical services (to include but not limited to cataloging, preservation, acquisitions, collection development, serials, electronic resources and management). Grants will not be awarded for non-AALL affiliated programs. Criteria: financial need; member of TS-SIS for six (6) or more years; desire for professional engagement; preference will be given to individuals who have not previously attended an AALL-sponsored educational event.
Each recipient will be expected to: serve on a TS-SIS committee of their choosing the next term; write an article about their experience at the educational event for TSLL. Coordinate with TSLL editor for timing of article (Annual Meeting issue deadline is usually late August); attend the TS-SIS business meeting, if at AALL Annual Meeting
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/awards/Grants#experiencedmember

Name: Technical Services Special Interest Section Active Member Grant
DeadlineTuesday, March 21, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST
Description: A grant to cover the cost of registration and travel expenses (up to $1000) may be awarded to support attendance at AALL sponsored educational events related to technical services (to include but not limited to cataloging, preservation, acquisitions, collection development, serials, electronic resources and management). Grants will not be awarded for non-AALL affiliated programs. Criteria: financial need; individuals who have not received a TS-SIS sponsored grant in past five (5) years; active member of TS-SIS who has participated in TS-SIS and AALL activities (for example, committee chairs, conference speakers, and TSLL).
Each recipient will be expected to: volunteer to be a mentor in AALL Mentor Match service; write an article about their experience at the educational event for TSLL. Coordinate with TSLL editor for timing of article (Annual Meeting issue deadline is usually late August); attend the TS-SIS business meeting, if at AALL Annual Meeting.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/awards/Grants#activemember

Name: Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section (RIPS-SIS) AALL Annual Meeting Grant
Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017 by 9:00 AM (Central time)
Description: The grant is designed to assist individuals expenses related to attending the AALL Annual Meeting, taking place this year in Austin. Individuals who are chosen to receive the grant have the potential to make a significant contribution to law librarianship through involvement with AALL and RIPS-SIS. The grants are funded by RIPS-SIS and awarded by the RIPS-SIS Grants Committee.
Qualifications: Applicants must be AALL and RIPS-SIS members. In the event that circumstances prevent the use of the grant by the grant recipient, the grant shall revert back to RIPS-SIS. If a grant recipient receives an additional grant, the recipient must inform RIPS-SIS of the award and the amount, as RIPS-SIS reserves the right to withdraw the grant in this circumstance.
Grant Awards: Recipients will be awarded a grant that can be used for meeting registration or travel (hotel, airfare, bus, or train); receipts must be provided for reimbursement. The amount of the grant will vary depending on applicant worthiness and financial need. The amount will not exceed $1500. Grant recipients will also receive an appointment to a RIPS-SIS committee. In exchange for receiving the grant, recipients will be required to write an article for the RIPS-SIS blog.
More Informationhttps://ripslawlibrarian.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/rips-sis-2017-travel-grants-for-aall-annual-meeting-and-aall-management-institute/

Name: Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) Grants
Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
Description: The CALL Grants and Chapter Awards Committee offers grants to the membership in various amounts for attendance at continuing education programs and the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. Continuing Education Grant Applications must be received by the Committee Chair no later than three weeks before the start date of the program or workshop. Applications for the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference are due March 31, 2017. Incomplete applications and those received after the deadlines indicated above will not be considered. Grant awards may be used only for registration, transportation and lodging.
More Informationhttp://new.chicagolawlib.org/grants-and-awards/

Name: AALL Annual Meeting/Workshop Student/New Member Grant
Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Description: The AALL Grants Program provides financial assistance to experienced law librarians who are actively involved in AALL or its chapters and to newer law librarians or graduate students who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession. Funds are provided by AALL, AALL individual members, and vendors.
Grants cover registration costs at either the Annual Meeting or workshops associated with the Annual Meeting. Individuals eligible for the AALL Annual Meeting/Workshop Student/New Member Grant are:
• Active Members with less than five years of AALL or AALL chapter membership, or
• Student Members of AALL or an AALL Chapter.
Preference is given to applicants who are active participants in the Association or one of its Chapters, and who may not be able to attend the Annual Meeting without financial assistance. Only Students or New Members who have not received and used an AALL grant in the past three years are eligible.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/mm/Member-Resources/grants/annual-meeting-grants

Name: AALL Annual Meeting/Workshop Grant (Experienced Members)
Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Description: The AALL Grants Program provides financial assistance to experienced law librarians who are actively involved in AALL or its chapters and to newer law librarians or graduate students who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession. Funds are provided by AALL, AALL individual members, and vendors.
Grants cover registration costs at either the Annual Meeting or workshops associated with the Annual Meeting. Individuals eligible for the Experienced Member Grant are active members with five or more years of AALL or AALL chapter membership.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/mm/Member-Resources/grants/annual-meeting-grants

Name: Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS) AALL 2017 Grant
Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2017 (tentative)
Description: LLOPS is accepting applications for AALL 2017. Registration opens this month! We have a tentative application deadline of April 1, so consider getting your application in early if you are interested in registration assistance. If you are interested, please fill out the 2016 grant application and return it to Karen Whitney. [NOTE: Despite the 2016 grant application title, this announcement is dated February 22, 2017 and specifically references the 2017 AALL conference.]
More Informationhttp://llops.org/?p=6300

Name: Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, DC (LLSDC)
Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Description: The applicant must be a voting member of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. at the time the application is submitted. The minimum length of membership for an applicant should be 6 (six) months in order to demonstrate a genuine interest in law librarianship.
Funds will be awarded only for registration fees of professional meetings, seminars, workshops, classes, course work and other forms of continuing education. The activity must be relevant to law librarianship. Professional meetings include, but are not limited to, AALL annual meetings and meetings of chapters of AALL. In no case will grants be awarded for cost other than registration fees; travel, accommodation and other attendant expenses cannot be awarded.
More Informationhttp://www.llsdc.org/scholarships-grants

Name: Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section AALL Annual Meeting Grants
Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017
Description: Three grants are available.
1) A $2,000 grant to attend the AALL Annual Meeting designated for a librarian with less than five years’ experience.
2) A $2,000 grant to attend the AALL Annual Meeting designated for a librarian with more than five years’ experience.
3) A AALL Annual Meeting Registration Grant. Thomson Reuters sponsors this grant each year for the GLL SIS.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/sections/gll/meetings/Scholarships-and-Grants

Name: Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) Grant
Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017
Description: It’s the middle of winter and I’m already looking forward to warmer days. How does Austin, Texas sound for warmer days? The theme of this year’s AALL Annual Meeting is “Forgo the Status Quo.” As a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, I can tell you that we have a great lineup and many programs that will get you thinking outside the box. If you’re interested in attending, but have financial constraints, please consider applying for a SCALL grant. The Grants Committee will consider all applications. Please know that all grant recipients will be expected to write an article for the SCALL Newsletter related to their attendance at the Annual Meeting (e.g., summary of a program session, experience as a first-time attendee, review of a new vendor product). The grant application is available on SCALL’s website. To ensure plenty of time to register and book your accommodations, we’re requesting all grant applications for the Annual Meeting be submitted by April 7th. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Cindy Guyer SCALL Grants Committee Chair
More Information: As announced on page 4 of the SCALL Jan/Feb 2017 Newsletter available at http://scallnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/SCALL_newsletter2017JanFeb.pdf

Name: Virginia Association of Law Libraries (VALL) Grant
Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017 by 5:00 PM
Description: With budgets tight and professional development enthusiasm strong, a VALL grant may be your ticket to attending meetings or programs this year. VALL grants are available to help you attend the VALL and AALL meetings and other professional development opportunities. eceive a grant to help with the cost of attending the AALL Annual Meeting in Austin! Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.
More Informationhttp://vall.pbworks.com/w/page/23509251/VALL%20Grants

Name: Government Documents Special Interest Section AALL Annual Meeting Travel Grant
Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 2017 by 11:59 PM (ET)
Description: The GD-SIS will award two travel grants to members to attend the 2017 AALL Annual Conference in Austin, Texas for the amount of $1250 each. The deadline for applications is April 9, 2017. The requirements for members who receive this grant include:
Grant recipient must be a member in good standing of the GD-SIS.
Grant recipient must not have received a previous GD-SIS grant within three years of applying.
Grant recipient will write a newsletter article for JURISDOCS
Grant recipient will attend the GD-SIS Breakfast/Business Meeting
Grant recipient will attend at least one GD-SIS-sponsored program
Grant applicants should explain their need for the grant in their grant application
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/sections/gd/grants

Name: Alan Holoch Memorial Grant
Deadline: SaturdayApril 15, 2017
Description: The purpose of the Alan Holoch Memorial Grant is to assist individuals with travel or registration expenses for the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting. Individuals chosen to receive a grant have the potential to make significant contributions to law librarianship through their involvement with AALL and the Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section’s Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The grants are funded by a bequest to the Committee from the former director of the Ohio State University College of Law Library, Alan Holoch, who died in 1991. This grant is open to anyone attending the Annual Meeting, with preference given to SR-SIS members and applicants with demonstrated involvement in the LGBTIQ community.
More Informationhttp://www.aallnet.org/sections/sr/lgissues/Alan-Holoch-Memorial-Grant.html

Name: Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York (ALLUNY) AALL Annual Meeting Grant
Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Description: Assist ALLUNY members with registration and traveling expenses to AALL annual meeting. One or more grants in amounts of up to $500 may be awarded. Factors considered when awarding grant: Lack of financial assistance from employer and/or financial need; Current membership in ALLUNY with current year’s dues paid at the time application is made; Relevance or expressed interest in the particular subject of the meeting; Proven or potential ability of the applicant as well as contributions to ALLUNY and/or the profession of law librarianship; Preference will be given but not limited to individuals who have been members of ALLUNY for five years or less as well as to those who are financially unable to attend; Priority will be given to those who have not previously received a grant.
More Informationhttps://www.alluny.org/?page_id=104

Name: Colorado Association of Law Libraries (CoALL) Martha W. Keister Memorial Travel Grant
Deadline: Awarded in June through 2018/2019
Description: This grant honors the contributions and legacy of Martha Keister, a well-respected former member of the Colorado law library community. Martha began her career in law librarianship at the Pace University School of Law where, for eleven years, she served as a research/documents librarian until being promoted to Head of Public Services. After completing her tenure at Pace, Martha relocated to Colorado and assumed the position as the University of Denver’s Library Instruction Coordinator, and later the Westminster Law Library’s Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian. During her fourteen year tenure at the Sturm College of Law, Martha actively supported the school’s Masters in American and Comparative Law program and worked with many aspiring future attorneys. Throughout her career in law librarianship, Martha actively participated in many professional law library organizations including AALL, LLAGNY, and CoALL.
In recognition of her ceaseless devotion to librarianship and warm demeanor towards colleagues and students, the funding for this travel grant was provided through the generosity of several individuals who wanted to share the passion and love of law librarianship that Martha inspired in them.
This $400 grant will be awarded on the basis of: Proven or potential ability of the applicant; Promise of future usefulness and permanence in the law library field; Financial need; Contribution of the application to CoALL and/or the profession; Need for representation by a member of CoALL at the institute/meeting. When awarding grants, preference will be given to those who previously have not been awarded a CoALL grant, demonstrate significant financial hardship, or show how the recipient’s attendance at this event will generate significant organizational value for CoALL.
More Informationhttp://www.coallnet.org/member-benefits/grant-and-scholarships/

Name: Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association (GPLLA) Grants
Deadline: Accepted on an Ongoing Basis
Description: GPLLA’s Grants & Scholarships Committee administers funds which allow its members to attend educational programs, seminars, etc. relevant to law librarianship. The grants are aimed at law librarians and student members who demonstrate potential to contribute to the organization in particular and to the profession as a whole.
Grants are awarded for an amount up to, but not exceeding $500.00. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
More Informationhttp://gplla.org/w/about/scholarshipsgrants/

New Board Members Elected

I am pleased to announce our newly elected board members, whose terms will begin in July.

Vice Chair/Chair Elect: Caroline Osborne, Washington & Lee University

Secretary/Treasurer: Genevieve Tung, Rutgers University

Congratulations to you both and thank you for commitment to ALL-SIS! Thanks also to Chris Dykes and Matthew Braun for their willingness to serve.

Susan deMaine

ALL-SIS Secretary/Treasurer

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Susan deMaine
Research & Instructional Services Librarian
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Indianapolis IN
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AALL Leadership Academy Grant Recipients

As chair of the ALL-SIS Awards Committee, it is my pleasure to announce the recipients of the AALL Leadership Academy grants:

Susan Gaultier, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, Louisiana State University

Benjamin Keele, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Indiana University – Indianapolis

Austin Williams,  Assistant Law Library Director, North Carolina Central University

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CAROL BREDEMEYER
ASST. DIRECTOR FOR FACULTY SERVICES
CHASE COLLEGE OF LAW LIBRARY
NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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ALL-SIS Grant Available for Research and Scholarship – Apply by February 8, 2016

Do you have a great idea for a research project, but need funding to help you get it completed? ALL-SIS can help! Grants are available for amounts of $250 to up to $2000 to fund intellectually significant research. If there is more than one accepted grantee, the maximum yearly grant of $2000 will be split among the recipients. If you are a member of  ALL-SIS, submit your proposal BY FEBRUARY 8, 2016. The submission criteria and the grant application are available from the ALL-SIS Research and Scholarship Committee. Proposals should be sent to Ashley Krenelka Chase at akrenelk@law.stetson.edu. This is a terrific opportunity to get some needed help and contribute to our ongoing scholarly discussions.

Susan

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Susan Nevelow Mart
Associate Professor and Director of the Law Library
University of Colorado Law School
Wm. A. Wise Law Library
Boulder CO
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ALL-SIS Grants for 2016 AALL Leadership Academy

The ALL-SIS Executive Board has approved the awarding of three grants for the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy.  There will be two grants for $1000 and one grant for $500.  Criteria for the grants can be found at Criteria for Awards.

A direct link to the grant application can be found at www.aallnet.org/gm-node/51907.aspx (.docx) and www.aallnet.org/gm-node/51908.aspx (PDF).

If you will be attending the Leadership Academy, please consider applying for these grants.  If a member of your staff will be attending, please encourage them to apply.  Deadline for applications is January 15, 2016.

Carol Bredemeyer

Chair, ALL-SIS Awards Committee

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CAROL BREDEMEYER
ASST. DIRECTOR FOR FACULTY SERVICES
CHASE COLLEGE OF LAW LIBRARY
NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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