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Faculty Grants

About Library Faculty Grants

Purpose and Scope:

Faculty library grants support the purchase of resources to increase library holdings for students' course-related research for either new or existing courses.   To promote broad distribution of funds, priority will be given to newly hired faculty and other new applicants to the grant process.   Faculty are strongly advised to consult with their library liaison to understand collection needs and resources available in advance of making a grant application.

Grant requests may include monographs (online or print), media, and periodical back files.  Grant funds should not be considered as renewable each year.  Grant requests for annual subscriptions and/or multi-year funding commitments are not eligible.   Resources for non-repeating, specialized courses or independent studies should be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

The library will review applications and make awards throughout the academic year.  The deadline to submit an application is February 1st.   The maximum award for any request is $1,500.   The following selection criteria will be used:

  • New courses;
  • Resources to  jump-start support of a new program;
  • Courses required to complete a major or program;
  • PEP recommendations;
  • Supporting documentation specifying how materials will be assigned or used, and potential use by other departments;
  • How often a course is offered;
  • Record of previous support.

A grant application should consist of a proposal (no more than one page) to address the selection criteria and describe the need and intended use of materials.  The proposal should also include:

  • Course titles and numbers;
  • A title listing of requested materials along with the author, ISBN. (The library will verify all prices.);
  • For media resources include the publisher's name and the name of the distributor or production company.

Email grant applications to Elizabeth G. McClenney, Director of the Library, at  mcclenney@roanoke.edu by February 1st.