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.
Stipends. 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. For information on stipends for the AACP meetings:
For more information, please contact us.
|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.
(1) Institute of Medicine. Crossing the quality chasm: a
new health system for the 21st century. [Web document].
Washington, DC; National Academy Press, 2001.