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.  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 12-15, 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, 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 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 2014 issue of the FCIL 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 November 30, 2013, to the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee Chair:

Ryan Harrington (Chair)
Reference Librarian for Foreign & International Law
Yale Law School
Lillian Goldman Law Library
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Deadline: The Chair of the Selection Committee must receive all applications by November 30, 2013. The Selection Committee will not consider late or incomplete applications.

Notification: The Selection Committee will notify the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient and other applicants of its award decision by April 15, 2014. The Selection Committee may also 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
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 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 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:

AALL
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.


2013 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Selection Committee

Ryan Harrington
Reference Librarian for Foreign & International Law
Yale Law School
Lillian Goldman Law Library
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
203-432-7371
ryan.harrington@yale.edu
Kristina Alayan (Co-Chair)
Foreign & International Law Reference Librarian and Lecturing Fellow
Duke Law School
Goodson Law Library
Box 90361
Durham, NC 27708-0361
919-613-7118
alayan@law.duke.edu
Gabriela Femenia
Foreign and International Law Librarian
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Biddle Law Library
3460 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-898-7442
gfemenia@law.upenn.edu

Sherry L. Leysen
Reference Librarian
University of Washington School of Law
Gallagher Law Library
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353025
Seattle, WA  98195-3025
sleysen@uw.edu

James W. Hart, MSLS, MA
Associate Senior Reference Librarian
Law Library (ML 142)
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210142
Cincinnati, OH 45221
hartjw@uc.edu