Contact: Stephanie Sherrod
For Immediate Release
July 10, 2002
James P. Niessen, world history librarian, Rutgers University's Alexander Library, has been awarded the 2002 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Coutts Nijhoff International Western European Study Grant for his research proposal "German Acquisitions in Hungarian Research Libraries: Cooperative Collection Development in the Twentieth Century."
Niessen's project will employ a sampling technique to chart the history of German-language holdings in three Budapest libraries. Sponsored by Coutts Nijhoff International of Leiden, Netherlands, this study grant is awarded to a librarian employed in a university, college or community college and supports research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship or the book trade.
"Among a number of strong applications, the jury especially appreciated the thorough elucidation of Niessen's proposal, the applicant's attention to methodology, and the potential for the project to take library data as evidence for understanding the complex history of German cultural influence in Hungary - a question of historical interest both in Hungary and abroad," said Committee Chair Jeff Garrett.
Niessen will be awarded up to 4,500 Euros for travel, lodging and board in Europe for 14 days.
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