Monday, 7 May 2012

Call for Applications for 2012 Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award

Application deadline for the 2012 cycle is May 31, 2012.

Call for Applications are invited for 2012 Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award. The African Studies Association offers an annual grant program to provide book donation projects with shipping costs to send books to African libraries and schools. The Africana Librarians Council, Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Committee reads grant proposals and makes recommendations to ASA.

Successful awards are usually small grants in amounts from $200 to $1000. Those applying for partial funding of a project should clearly show how additional funding will be solicited.
The grants are intended to encourage innovative projects that incorporate essential elements, including:
  • Book donation programs should reflect a partnership between institutions in Africa and the US with a liaison contact from each institution. While large scale donations of container-loads of books can be effective, the ASA is trying to fill a perceived gap by enhancing the number of small to medium-sized projects which emphasize on specific, articulated needs. Community based, grass root project involvement with benefit to broad, non-sectarian populations are encouraged.
  • While books need not be new, they should be in good condition and relevant to the recipient’s needs. Books can be procured from libraries’ duplicates, personal libraries, books stores, students and publishers.
  • Attention to details of logistics. The project plan should include a place to store books as they are being collected, a means of reviewing the books for physical quality and relevance to the recipient’s request, materials and staff for packing, a means of shipping to Africa, and all necessary paperwork for customs and shipping. The ASA cannot offer any services in arranging shipping or other.
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