WESS-SEES De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant

The grant supports research in European studies with an emphasis on librarianship, the book trade, resource documentation and similar information-science related topics. The grant was established in 2011 by ACRL WESS under the sponsorship of the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research [Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Forschung], http://www.walterdegruyter-stiftung.com. Beginning with the 2014 award season, the grant will be managed by ACRL WESS and ACRL SEES.

Award

2,500 Euro donated by the De Gruyter Foundation to cover travel to and from Europe and transportation, room, and board in Europe, for up to thirty (30) consecutive days.  

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Eligibility

Each applicant must be a member of ACRL and employed as a librarian or information professional in a university, college, community college, or research library in the year prior to application for the award.

Criteria

The purpose of the grant is to support research on the acquisition, organization, or use of library resources from or relating to Europe. Current or historical subjects may be treated. The award jury will review proposals with the following in mind:

  • What is the work to be accomplished?
    The proposal should be as explicit as possible about the current state of knowledge in the area and what will be achieved by the successful completion of the study.
  • What is the need for and value of the proposed research?
    The proposal should provide persuasive evidence that the study is of practical use or scholarly value to the wider community of European Studies librarians or academic scholars.
  • What is the methodology for carrying out the proposed work?
    The research design should be as specific as possible and demonstrate why a trip to Europe is essential to the research.
  • Can the work be accomplished within the time frame proposed?
    If the study extends beyond 30 days, the proposal should specify how the additional work would be completed and funded.
  • Are the applicant’s qualifications sufficient to carry out the study? 
    The applicant should document the ability to complete the proposed research in a timely manner.

Submissions

The application must include the following:

  • A proposal, maximum of five (5) pages, double-spaced
  • A tentative travel itinerary of up to thirty (30) days, including the proposed countries and institutions to be visited and the preferred period of study/travel
  • A travel budget, including estimated round-trip coach airfare, transportation in Europe, lodging expenses, and meal costs
  • A current curriculum vitae 

If possible, please submit a high resolution photo of the nominee (at least 300 dpi). The photo will be used to make the official winner announcement immediately after the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Electronic submissions are required.  E-mail the application to Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org. If sending multiple files, each file name must contain the applicant's name. Submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail.

Submission Deadline: December 5, 2014

Information

If you have questions, please contact Award Chair Heidi Madden, Duke University; heidi.madden@duke.edu or Chase Ollis at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2521 or via e-mail at collis@ala.org.

View the full award committee roster here.

Obligations

Within six months of completion of the trip, the grantee is required to submit a report of approximately 4,000 words on the research resulting from the study trip. It is assumed that in most cases this report will be suitable for publication. If so, then ACRL is given the first right of refusal to publish it.

The grantee should submit an abstract of the report for publication in C&RL News and the WESS Newsletter.

The grantee is expected to present a report their grant-funded research at a WESS/SEES discussion group during the next ALA conference. The grantee will also be available to serve on the award jury one to two years following completion of the research trip. Recipients are strongly encouraged, but not required, to join WESS and SEES and become involved in unit activities.
 

Recipients

2014 – Marta Mestrovic Deyrup, Seton Hall University, for her project "C’era una volta: a guide to print materials published by and about the Italian minority communities of Dalmatia and Istria in the 20th and 21st centuries.”
2013 – Daniel M. Pennell, University of Pittsburgh, for his proposal to annotate 400 Romanian reference titles that are held at three libraries in Bucharest, Romania.
2012 – Liladhar R. Pendse, Princeton University, for his project to construct a bibliography and subject analysis of Indo-Portuguese periodicals held by the National Library of Poturgal and other libraries in Lisbon.

Previous Recipients 
 

**From 1986-2011 this award was funded by Martinus Nijhoff International and later Coutts Information Services, an Ingram company.

2011 – Mara Degnan Rojeski, Dickinson College, for her project to construct a bibliography of the pamphlets of the Deutscher Fichte Bund, a propaganda organization active in Hamburg, Germany from 1914-1941. 
2010 – Timothy Robert Shipe, University of Iowa, for his proposal, “The Franco-Romanian Literary Avant-garde in Bucharest Libraries.”
2009 – Gordon Anderson, University of Minnesota, for his proposal to complete the Svenskamerikanska Bibliografi [Swedish American Bibliography].
2008 – Michelle Emanuel, University of Mississippi, for her proposal to survey major film libraries in the Paris region in order to analyze and evaluate the collections and services provided to visiting scholars, with some focus on the films of Francis Veber.
2007 – Thea Lindquist, University of Colorado, for her proposal, "From the Ashes: Identifying, Documenting, and Rebuilding the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek's Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft (Fruitbearing Society) Collections"
2006 – Documenting a Vanishing Culture: German-language Literature from Czechoslovakia, 1945–1990, Dale Askey, Kansas State University
2005 –  "The Bibliotheques Municipales of France as Sources for Medieval History of Monastic Institutions: The Case of Arles," Charlene Kellsey, University of Colorado
2004 – Translation of the subject thesaurus of the Pictorial Archive of the German Colonial Society ( Bildarchiv der Deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft) from German to English by Helene S. Baumann, Duke University
2003 –  Two Libraries, Two Peoples: Die Deutsche Bibliothek and Die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin since German Reunification Michael Olson, Harvard University
2002 –  German Acquisitions in Hungarian Research Libraries: Cooperative Collection Development in the Twentieth Century, James P. Niessen, Rutgers University
2001 –  Collecting the Nineteenth Century: the Book, the Specimen, the Photograph as Archive, Sue Waterman, Johns Hopkins University
2000 – Documenting the Dissemination of the Gregorian Calendar Reform in France During the Wars of Religion, Jeffry Larson
1999 – Towards Reconstructing the Fate of Viennese Jewish Libraries in the Nazi Era, Richard Hacken
1998 – The End of Monastery Libraries in Bavaria and the Birth of Modern Library Science, 1802–1814, Jeffrey Garrett
1997 – Books in German-Occupied Europe: The Rosenburg Files, Sem C. Sutter
1996 – Women in International Migration 1945-1995, Eleanore O. Hofstetter
1995 – The World of Johann Amerbach: Early Printing in its Social Context, Barbara Halporn
1994 – Outstanding Journal Publishing in German Academic Librarianship, Stephen Lehmann
1992 – Forging Links with Italian Fine Presses and Avant-garde Publishers, Martin Antonetti 
1991 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as Book-Selector for the Northern Germanic Languages, Nancy S. Reinhardt
1990 – Acquisitions and Distribution of Enemy Scientific and Technical Journals during World War II, Pamela Spence Richards
1989 – Preserving the Written Record: Preservation Programs at European Libraries, James H. Spohrer
1987 – Refugee and Exile Publishing in Western Europe, Michael Albin
1986 – Price Indexes of European Academic Library Materials, Frederick Lynden