The mission of The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (the Fund) is to increase librarians’ identification with medical and health care professionals. Medicine for the 21st Century underlines the key role of information resources in raising the quality of health care.(1) To help us achieve our mission, annual stipends are awarded as noted below.
The more expedient program of the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, reaching a greater number of librarian/information specialists in terms of total individual impact and susceptible to immediate implementation is the Stipend Program for librarians and information specialists to attend the national professional meetings of their clients. The initial fund President, Winifred Sewell, had already had five years of experience with these activities through supplying stipends to librarian attendees at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) meetings and providing such stipends to librarians/information professionals for attendance at the American Public Health Association (APHA).
The first distribution of stipends from the fund took place in November 2001, and have continued annually. Criteria for eligibility were established in cooperation with key members of the two associations. In the future, criteria for awarding stipends will be determined by committees of the appropriate professional organizations. Later, stipends may be awarded for attendance at other client organizations, particularly in the area of biological sciences.
Applications for the stipends are handled by the corresponding organizations. Please contact the corresponding organization for more information about the application process.
The Stipends Project, as reported each year since inaugurated in 2001 for the American Public Health Association annual meeting, demonstrates the benefits to all those involved in the interaction between scientists, practitioners, administrators, and librarians.
Librarians should identify with their clients rather than look at clients’ needs merely intellectually from the library/information services perspective