ARCHIVED: Diversity Committee Seeks Applicants for the Minority Leadership Development Award

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January 23, 2003

The AALL Diversity Committee is accepting applications for the second annual AALL Minority Leadership Development Award, which gives minority law librarians an opportunity to cultivate their leadership potential within AALL and the law library community at large.

The award was created to ensure that AALL's leadership remains vital, relevant and representative of the Association's diverse membership. The recipient will be selected based on how well the applicant's professional interests, goals and education demonstrate his or her budding leadership capabilities in the Association and the profession.

The award winner will receive $1,500 for travel, lodging and registration expenses to attend the AALL Annual Meeting; team up with an experienced AALL leader, who will serve as the recipient's mentor for at least one year; and serve on an AALL committee during the year following the award.

Tanya Brown, head librarian at Spiegel and McDiarmid in Washington, D.C., and Donna Nixon, reference librarian at the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina, won the award last year and appreciated the opportunities it offered them.

“The budget situation here [at the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library] took a horrible turn, and I would not have been able to go to the Annual Meeting without [AALL’s] assistance,” Nixon said in the July 2002 issue of AALL Spectrum after learning that she had won the award. “I am honored and determined to contribute as much as I can to the Association. Thank you so very much.”

To be considered for the award, applications must be received by April 1. For further information about the Minority Leadership Development Award, including an application form, go to http://www.aallnet.org/about/award_mlda.asp.