Librarians interested in intellectual property, public policy and copyright have until June 1, 2016, to apply for the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The annual $1,000 scholarship, sponsored by the American Library Association and the Library Copyright Alliance, supports research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers.
Applicants should provide a statement of intent for use of the scholarship funds. Such a statement should include the applicant’s interest and background in intellectual property, public policy, and/or copyright and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities.
Additionally, statements should include information about how the applicant and the library community will benefit from the applicant’s receipt of scholarship. Statements should be no longer than three pages (1000 words). The applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae should be included in their application.
Note: Those applicants whose proposals implicate the broader library community benefits will be favored. Applicants need not apply if their project is focused solely on one’s own institution or library unless that project or research can and will be used to advance copyright public policy beyond the local institution.
Applications must be submitted via e-mail to Carrie Russell, firstname.lastname@example.org. Awardees may receive the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship up to two times in a lifetime. Funds may be used for equipment, expendable supplies, travel necessary to conduct, attend conferences, release from library duties or other reasonable and appropriate research expenses.
The award honors the life accomplishments and contributions of Robert L. Oakley. Professor and law librarian Robert Oakley was an expert on copyright law and wrote and lectured on the subject. He served on the Library Copyright Alliance representing the American Association of Law Librarians and played a leading role in advocating for U.S. libraries and the public they serve at many international forums including those of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Oakley served as the United States delegate to the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) from 1997-2003. Mr. Oakley testified before Congress on copyright, open access, library appropriations and free access to government documents and was a member of the Library of Congress’ Section 108 Study Group. A valued colleague and mentor for numerous librarians, Oakley was a recognized leader in law librarianship and library management who also maintained a profound commitment to public policy and the rights of library users.
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