ARCHIVED: AALL Partners With LEXIS Publishing to Establish Research Fund

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July 17, 2000


Philadelphia, July 17, 2000 -- The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is pleased to announce formation of the AALL Research Fund, an endowment established with a $100,000 pledge from LEXIS Publishing. The fund will provide a secure financial base, enabling the AALL Research Committee to carry out the Association's Research Agenda. That Agenda encompasses research in the major topic areas of Provision of Legal Information Services, Law Library Collections, Legal Research, the Profession of Law Librarianship, and Law Library Administration. (For a copy of the Research Committee's complete Agenda, see www.aallnet.org/committee/research/agenda.html.)

The Research Fund will provide grants to library professionals who seek to conduct research that is critical to the profession. Eligibility requirements for the grants will be based on criteria established by AALL.

"LEXIS has been a long-time supporter and partner of AALL. We are proud of the success we have seen with the John Johnson Scholarship fund and we expect to see the Research Fund achieve similar growth," stated Lou Andreozzi, President/CEO, LEXIS Publishing. "With all of our various partnerships and sponsorships with AALL, we hope to continue expressing our commitment to the advancement and future development of the profession of information professionals."

Six years ago, LEXIS demonstrated its support and involvement by establishing AALL's first named and endowed fund, the LEXIS Publishing/John R. Johnson Scholarship Fund. This fund has enabled AALL to establish a secure source of income to fund scholarship opportunities for its members. Twenty-one scholarships have been awarded since 1995 and the fund balance has grown to $239,000.

LEXIS Publishing supports AALL in many other ways. It sponsors the Resource Guide series, the Toolkit on the Value of Law Libraries, the National Legal Research Teach-In, and -- brand new this year -- the Technology Toolkit for Information Professionals series of conferences. LEXIS underwrites events for local Chapters of AALL as well.

In accepting this generous pledge to establish the Research Fund, AALL President Margie Axtmann recognized LEXIS Publishing for its "outstanding and continuing support of AALL and law librarians," and praised LEXIS as "a valued Association partner and exemplary corporate sponsor."

LEXIS sponsorships for the 2000 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Philadelphia include:

  • Opening Reception
  • CyberCafe (Internet Room)
  • Badge/Registration
  • Chapter and SIS Leadership Workshop Luncheon
  • Call for Papers Award
  • Academic Law Libraries SIS Reception
  • Committee on Diversity Symposium and Reception
  • Government Documents SIS Breakfast and Roundtable
  • Grants-seven given in 2000
  • LEXIS Publishing/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarships-seven given in 2000
  • NOCALL/SCALL/SANDALL Joint Reception
  • Private Law Libraries SIS Luncheon
  • Social Responsibilities SIS Reception
  • Teaching Research in Academic Law Libraries (TRIALL) Conference
  • VALL Luncheon
  • Social Responsibilities SIS Book Drive for Public and School Libraries

About LEXIS:

The LEXIS Publishing family of products and services meets the ever-changing needs of today's lawyers, law librarians, paralegals, and law students. LEXIS Publishing is a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. Information about LEXIS Publishing may be found at http://infopro.lexis.com.

About AALL:

The American Association of Law Libraries exists to promote and enhance the value of law libraries, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Founded in 1906 for both educational and scientific purposes, the Association represents nearly 5,000 law librarians affiliated with law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal governments. For more information visit the AALLNET Web site at http://www.aallnet.org.