23:2 (2008:06) Committee Annual Report: A&R

May 19, 2008 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Awards & Recognition, Committee Annual Reports | Leave a comment

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Patrick Carr and Clint Chamberlain, Co-chairs

Date of Report: 25 April 2008

Committee members: Chris Brady (Baylor University), Evelyn Brass (University of Houston), Patrick Carr (Mississippi State University) Co-chair, Clint Chamberlain (University of Texas at Austin) Co-chair, Alan Diehlmann (Editorial Océano, Inc.), Carol Ficken (University of Akron), Christine Freeman (Texas A&M University – Kingsville), Marcella Lesher (St. Mary’s University), Elizabeth McDonald (University of Memphis), Sarah Morris (ReedSmith LLP), Sarah Sutton (Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi)

Board Liaison: Alison Roth (YBP)

NARRATIVE OF ACTIVITES SINCE LAST REPORT
In February, the committee received award applications. The breakdown of applications received is as follows:

• 15 Student Grant Award applications
• 7 Fritz Schwartz Scholarship applications
• 7 Horizon Award applications
• 16 Serials Specialist Award applications
• 1 Marcia Tuttle International Grant application

All applications and supporting documents were blinded by the co-chairs before being posted to the committee web page. An identity matrix was used to match applicants to scores, and an Excel spreadsheet was distributed to committee members for their use in recording scores for all awards. The co-chairs received and compiled the ratings and cross-checked results with each other. Winners were approved by the Board, notified and registered for the conference and year’s free membership, and announced to the membership via NASIG-L and the Newsletter.

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 2008 award recipients is as follows:

MARCIA TUTTLE INTERNATIONAL GRANT WINNER
Stephanie Schmitt, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE

NASIG CONFERENCE STUDENT GRANT WINNERS
Eugenia Beh, University of Texas at Austin
Barbara Birenbaum, UCLA
Kathryn Machin, Queens College
Jason Ronallo, Indiana University
Pegeen Seger, University of Oklahoma
Nancy B. Thomas, University of Tennessee

MEXICO STUDENT GRANT WINNER
Armando Avila-González, Escuela Nacional Biblioteconomía y Archivoeconomía, Mexico City, DF, Mexico

FRITZ SCHWARTZ SERIALS EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Jewel Rucker, University of Pittsburgh

HORIZON AWARD WINNER
Betsy Appleton, George Washington University

SERIALS SPECIALIST AWARD WINNER

Marie Peterson, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Committee members Carol Ficken and Chris Brady are currently making travel arrangements to bring the winners to the 2008 conference. Committee co-chair Patrick Carr has sent a letter to the winner of the Mexico Student Grant Award to enable him to obtain his visa for travel to the United States. Each award recipient will be paired with a mentor for the conference. We will soon request that the treasurer send conference stipend checks to the award winners.

Committee co-chair Clint Chamberlain is working with our supplier to purchase plaques and gifts to be shipped to Phoenix for distribution during the conference.

Additional highlights of the past year’s work include:

  • Carol Ficken conducted an inform survey of past Tuttle recipients in order to determine how they learned about the existence of the grant and what ideas they might have regarding ways to increase the number of applicants for the grant. These ideas were discussed by the committee and resulted in subtle rewording of the award description as well as attempts to identify and post award announcements to discussion lists intended for audiences beyond North America.
  • Conducted an online survey of 2007 award winners regarding their experiences at the 2007 NASIG Annual Conferences. The survey aimed to assess ways in which the Awards and Recognition Committee can improve the experiences of future award winners. The results of the survey were reported in the September 2007 issue of the Newsletter.
  • Conducting a series of email conversations among committee members on the following topic: increasing awareness of awards.
  • Collaborated with Profiles editor Susan Davis to develop an updated profile of the Awards and Recognition committee. The profile was published in the March 2008 issue of the Newsletter.
  • Recommendations for continued service on the committee and co-chairs for 2008/09 were made to the president-elect.


ANY CHANGES OR EXCEPTIONS TO BUDGET

At the October 2007 meeting, the NASIG Board proposed that the number of Student Grant Awards be increased. At the January 2008 meeting, the Board increased the amount of the Tuttle Award to $3,000.

STATISTICAL INFORMATION
None

ACTIONS REQUIRED BY BOARD
The Board has asked that the committee work with the Translator’s Resource Team to have the award announcements translated into French and Spanish.

QUESTIONS FOR BOARD
None

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BOARD
None

NAME OF PERSON SUBMITTING REPORT
Clint Chamberlain

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