The H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award supports research activities by ARLIS/NA individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. The award encourages the professional development of the membership in their capacities as information intermediaries and as subject specialists in the arts.
Projects may focus on research which benefits the profession of art and visual resources librarianship, as well as the broader world of librarianship, through such means as compilation and dissemination of information, translation of original scholarship, analysis of our professions, or the enhancement of access to information. In addition, eligible projects include those which result in original scholarship in the arts (literary, performing, architectural, visual, etc.) or aspects of visual and material culture.
Research projects should result in a publication, a presentation, or any form of reproducible and distributable product, either text or image based, in any format. Particular value is seen in projects resulting in a useful and needed reference or research tool such as a bibliography, a directory, a translation of an important work, an authority list, a critical and evaluative study of a topic pertinent to the field or original scholarship in the arts.
Projects that compile existing material will be considered, if the compilation includes a new contribution such as unique indexing. Projects consisting of surveys or activities studies are also eligible as long as the survey or study results in analysis and tabulation of the research data into publishable form.
Funding is NOT AVAILABLE for projects that are primarily part of a school curriculum such as support for thesis or dissertation research, or projects that primarily support an institutional goal rather individual research. An exception to this restriction would be in the case of expenses incurred to extract bibliographical content from a thesis or dissertation in order to compile, annotate, format, and publish the material.
This Fund is available to ARLIS/NA INDIVIDUAL members (including special Individual membership categories, "honorary", "student", "retired", and "unemployed"). Applicants must have been an Individual ARLIS/NA member for AT LEAST ONE YEAR prior to the February 26, 2014, deadline for a submitted grant application.
ELIGIBLE for consideration:
NOT ELIGIBLE for consideration:
Applicants may apply for award amounts of up to $3,000. If there are multiple applications deserving support but the total dollars requested in those applications exceed the Committee's $3,000 annual award budget, the Committee reserves the right to offer partial funding of the dollar amount requested in an application in order to provide support for more than one application. In that case, and based on the application materials, the Committee will distribute the funds available as it deems appropriate. Applicants may decline to accept partial funding.
Types of Expenses Covered (not an inclusive list):
Expenses NOT Covered:
The Research Committee will review and judge applications based on several factors including:
When proposals are judged of equal merit, preference may be given to applicants who have not previously received funds through this program.
Successful applicants are encouraged to contribute an article about their research to Art Documentation, and as appropriate to consider the Society as a possible publisher of their product. Any research project funded fully or in part by ARLIS/NA should acknowledge this support in print or verbally, as appropriate.
Additional copies of these guidelines are available from:
Shalimar Fojas White
Manager, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Reader Services Librarian
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024