This annual award was established by WESS in 1985 under the sponsorship of Martinus Nijhoff International, subscription agent and bookdealer headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The grant supports a wide variety of research topics pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship, or the book trade. Proposals may focus on the acquisition, organization or use of library materials from or relating to Western Europe. Current or historical subjects may be treated. The objectives of the study must be of either practical use or scholarly value to the community of librarians, scholars, and publishers.
Martinus Nijhoff International funds this study grant which covers air travel to and from Europe, transportation in Europe, and lodging and board for no more than 14 consecutive days. A maximum amount of 10,000 Dutch guilders-or US dollar equivalent-is awarded each year. Funds may not be used for salaries, research-related supplies, publication costs, conference fees or equipment.
Applicants must be personal members of the American Library Association and should be able to document their ability to complete the proposed research in a timely manner. Although they are not required to be members of ACRL, award recipients are encouraged to join ACRL and to participate in WESS activities.
Applications are due December 1st at the ACRL headquarters, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795. For more information consult the WESSWEB site <http://www.lib.virginia.edu/wess/manual/nijhoff.html> or call/write the current committee chair, Heleni Pedersoli, 301-405-9116, firstname.lastname@example.org.