22:2 (2007:05) Committee Annual Report: A&R

May 17, 2007 at 12:44 pm | Posted in Awards & Recognition, Committee Annual Reports | Leave a comment

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Sarah Sutton and Clint Chamberlain, Co-chairs

Date of Report: April 24, 2007

Committee members: Chris Brady (Baylor University), Evelyn Brass (University of Houston), Patrick Carr (Mississippi State University), Clint Chamberlain (Trinity University) Co-chair, Susan Chinoransky ) George Washington University), Alan Diehlman (ACS Publications), Carole Ficken (Bierce Library, University of Akron), Marcella Lesher (St. Mary’s University), Smita Parkhe (George Washington University Law Library), Sarah Sutton  (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi), Chair

Board Liaison:  Rick Anderson (University of Nevada – Reno)

NARRATIVE OF ACTIVITIES SINCE LAST REPORT
In February the committee reviewed and scored award applications.  The breakdown of applications received is as follows:

• 9 Student Grant Award applications
• 7 Fritz Schwartz Scholarship applications
• 4 Horizon Award applications
• 11 Serials Specialist Award applications
• 0 Marcia Tuttle International Grant applications

The committee of Mexican library school deans selected the recipient of the Mexico Student Grant Award and notified us of his name. 

The complete list of 2007 award recipients is as follows:

NASIG CONFERENCE STUDENT GRANT AWARD WINNERS
Toni Fortini, Southern Connecticut State University; Jessica Ireland, University of South Florida; Joann Palermo, Louisiana State University; Erin Sharwell, University of Washington; Barbara Shipman, Wayne State University; Sanjeet-Singh Mann, UCLA.

MEXICO STUDENT GRANT AWARD WINNER
Jorge Alberto Mendoza-Torres, Escuela Nacional Biblioteconomia y Archivonomia (National School of Library and Archive Sciences in Mexico City)

FRITZ SCHWARTZ SERIALS ECUCATION SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Angela Slaughter, Indiana University

HORIZON AWARD WINNER
Chandra Jackson, University of Georgia Libraries

SERIALS SPECIALIST AWARD WINNER
 Rita Johnson, Wright State University

Award recipients were contacted and committee member Carol Ficken is currently making their travel arrangements to attend the 2007 annual conference.  Their NASIG memberships were arranged by the Database & Directory Committee to facilitate their conference registration. Their names were announced on NASIG-L and at the committee’s request, a section of the NASIG forum (nasig.org/conference/bbs/forum/default.asp) was arranged to further their communication with the committee, prior award recipients, and the general NASIG community.  Each award recipient will be paired with a mentor for the conference. Committee members who volunteer as mentor will be assigned to award recipients when possible.

Committee co-chair Clint Chamberlain is working with our supplier to purchase plaques and gifts and have them shipped to the conference site for distribution at conference events. 

Committee members Chris Brady and Patrick Carr took part in a virtual conversation with members of the Membership Development Committee regarding descriptions of NASIG’s scope and purpose used in award announcements (among other places).

Shortly we will be requesting that the treasurer send conference stipend checks to each award recipient.

Additional highlights of our year’s work include:

  • Collecting feedback from the 2006 award recipients which we reported on in the September 2006 NASIG Newsletter.
  • Conducting a series of email conversations among committee members on the following topics: increasing awareness of awards and alternative funding sources for awards, which resulted in a suggestion that the board consider seeking corporate sponsorship of awards.
  • Alan Diehlmann joined the committee to administer the Mexico Student Award.
  • Committee member Chris Brady compiled some interesting statistics about number award recipients which are summarized below:

Top 13 Library schools at which Student Grant recipients have been enrolled:
University of Illinois (11), Catholic University (7), Emporia State (7), University of Maryland (7), Kent State (6), Simmons (6), University of Texas (5), British Columbia (4), Louisiana State (4), UNC – Greensboro (4), UNC – Chapel Hill (4), University of North Texas (4), CUNY Queens (3).

Ratio of applicants to recipients:

Student Grant Award – ranged from 10% (1992) to 52% (1999), 25% in 2006
Horizon Award – ranged from 7% (2004) to 30% (1998), 14% in 2006
(Number of recipients dropped from 3 in the late ‘90s to 1 for the past four years except 2005 when the Horizon Award wasn’t given)
Fritz Schwartz Scholarship  – the ratio is fairly meaningless for this award since it’s a $3,000 scholarship, we can only afford to give one each year, but it is interesting to note that the number of applicants has dropped steadily from 14 in 2003 to 3 in 2006.
Mexico Student Grant Award – unfortunately, since the applications are reviewed by the team of library school directors in Mexico, we have no data from which to calculate a ratio for this award.
Marcia Tuttle Grant – very little data available for this grant, during the past four years we’ve had only two applicants (one in 2003 and one in 2004) and awarded only one grant (in 2004).
Serials Specialist Award – since this was “born” last year (five applicants), there’s not much data to report.
Champion Award – since this award is given every five years and was “born” in 2005, there’s not much data to report.

ANY CHANGES OR EXCEPTIONS TO BUDGET
With the Executive Board’s approval, the committee gave two more student grant awards than had been budgeted for using funds originally budgeted for the Marcia Tuttle International Grant (for which we received no applications this year).

STATISTICAL INFORMATION
None

ACTIONS REQUIRED BY BOARD
None

QUESTIONS FOR BOARD
None

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BOARD
None

NAME OF PERSON SUBMITTING REPORT
Sarah Sutton

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