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Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship

Purpose of the Award

Fritz Schwartz

To advance the profession by providing an aspiring library student who has prior experience with managing information resources the opportunity to enhance their educational opportunities.

What is Received

  • $3,000 scholarship
  • The award winner will receive a waiver for the basic conference registration, three (3) nights in the conference hotel prepaid by NASIG, and a $600 stipend for travel expenses and meals not covered by conference registration. The award winner must arrange transportation to the conference site themselves. If travel and meal expenses exceed $600, NASIG will reimburse overages upon the submission of receipts. Award winners only need to submit receipts if expenses exceed their $600 stipend. Please note that NASIG will only provide reimbursements for a basic economy class plane travel on a ticket purchased at least 28 days prior to the conference. Please contact the NASIG Award and Recognition Committee chair to verify airfare costs if you have any questions about the type of ticket you are purchasing.
  • One year's free membership in NASIG

Named in Honor of

The scholarship is named in honor of Fritz Schwartz, who was a well-known and highly respected authority on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), the Internet, and library standards. A frequent speaker at NASIG annual conferences, his last NASIG appearance was to conduct a highly rated workshop at the 10th Conference at Duke University. He actively participated in the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the International Committee on EDI for Serials (ICEDIS). At the time of his death, Fritz was Manager of Electronic Services and Standards at the Faxon Company. NASIG is pleased to offer this scholarship in memory of Fritz's many contributions to the library profession and to honor his energy, warmth, humor, and passion for standards.


  • This award is open to qualified students residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
  • At the time the scholarship is awarded, the applicant must be entering an ALA-accredited graduate library program (or Mexican equivalent) or must have completed no more than twelve hours of academic requirements towards the graduate degree at the time of application.
  • The applicant must have experience managing information resources and a desire to pursue a professional career in information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher after earning the graduate library degree.

What is Needed to Apply?

Application details will be posted soon. Awards will be advertised as soon as applications are accepted.

  1. Application Google form
  2. 2 References via Google form
  3. Resume or CV (emailed to Jamie Carlstone, details in application)
  4. Statement describing how the applicant's qualifications satisfy the eligibility requirements and the purpose of the award (not to exceed 250 words)  (Submitted as part of the application form)
  5. Copy of the applicant's current Library/Information Science Graduate transcript or proof of admission if enrollment begins in Fall 2019. This item may be sent in paper form if necessary. (Note: A sealed, official transcript will be required from the winner before the awarding of the scholarship funds can occur. If the winner has yet to complete any Library/Information Science Graduate coursework at the time that scholarship funds are awarded, a sealed, official transcript may be requested after the first semester of coursework has been completed.) (emailed to Jamie Carlstone, details in application)

Presentation Opportunity

Winners will be offered the opportunity to share a 10-15 minute presentation during the conference at the Student Spotlight Session.

Submitting Application

Applications will only be accepted in electronic form

Email questions to Jamie Carlstone (

Application Deadline

February 20, 2020

Award Notification

April 2020


Established in 1985, NASIG is an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models.

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