ARCHIVED: AALL and Congressional Information Service Announce the James F. Connolly CIS Memorial Scholarship

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July 16, 1997


A scholarship for law librarians who are pursuing a law degree has been established by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and Congressional Information Service, Inc. (CIS) in memory of James F. Connolly, who was executive vice president of CIS and a long-time supporter of law librarianship. Mr. Connolly died in January of this year.

The scholarship, to be named the James F. Connolly CIS Memorial Scholarship, will be awarded annually by AALL from a CIS sponsorship of $3,000, beginning in 1998. Preference will be given to individuals who have demonstrated an interest in providing library service to government information. Preference also will be given but not restricted to AALL members. Evidence of financial need must be submitted. The award will be officially announced at the AALL 90th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, July 19-24, 1997. Applications for this scholarship will be available in October 1997 from the AALL Headquarters; contact Kate Kasprzyk at 312-939-4764.

"Jim Connolly was a friend to many of the law school directors in the country," said CIS's senior vice president Richard K. Johnson. "Because the law degree is essential to obtaining a directorship, it is entirely fitting that CIS would fund such a scholarship in Jim's name. Jim would be pleased that CIS and AALL are working together in this manner to assist law librarians who may some day become law library directors."

CIS is the leading private publisher of indexes, abstracts, databases, and other services that enhance the value and accessibility of government information.

The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.