Askey named 2006 ACRL Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant winner

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ACRL Program Coordinator

February 22, 2006

Askey named 2006 ACRL Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant winner

CHICAGO – Dale Askey, Web development librarian at the Kansas State University libraries, has been selected to receive the 2006 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant. This grant covers airfare to and from Europe, transportation in Europe, and lodging and board for up to 14 days.

The primary criterion for awarding the grant is the significance and utility of the proposed project as a contribution to the study of the acquisition, organization, or use of library materials from or relating to Western Europe.

Askey's proposal entitled, “Documenting a Vanishing Culture: German-language Literature from Czechoslovakia, 1945–1990,” aims to examine unpublished materials documenting continued creative efforts of German-speaking residents of Czechoslovakia from the period following World War II through the breakup of the country.

“This proposal was chosen from an outstanding field,” said award committee chair Thomas M. Izbicki. “It was well crafted with a careful plan for the project presented in detail. The need to interview surviving authors from the German minority in Czechoslovakia was a compelling element in Dale Askey's proposal.”

Askey has degrees in Germanic Languages and Literatures as well as in Library Science. He has studied in both Bremen as a Fulbright Scholar and in Berlin. He has been a bibliographer for German and related topics at the University of Utah and Yale.

Askey will receive his plaque and 4,500 euros at the WESS general membership meeting at the 2006 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans on Monday, June 26, at 8:00 a.m.

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