ARCHIVED: AALL and LexisNexis™ Disburse $2,500 in Grants

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June 12, 2003

AALL and LexisNexis™ have awarded about $2,500 in grants to six library students and three librarians to attend the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference July 12-16 in Seattle.

The recipients of the 2003 grants sponsored by LexisNexis™ are:

  • Nancy Babb, senior assistant librarian/cataloger at the University at Buffalo Law Library, is active in AALL and the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York. She earned her M.L.S. and B.A. from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
  • Jaye Barlous is pursuing her M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington, which she expects to receive in August. She received her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Barlous is a student member of AALL.
  • Uwe Beltz graduated in May from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science with an M.S.L.S. He is currently employed at both the UNC Law Library and the North Carolina State University D.H. Hill Library. He is a student member of AALL and a member of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries and its Newspaper Committee.
  • Katherine Coolidge is pursuing her M.L.I.S. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. She is also a librarian at Buckley Richardson and Gelinas LLP in Springfield, Mass. Coolidge earned her J.D. from Western New England College of Law. She is a student member of AALL and the Law Librarians of New England.
  • Anne L. Cottingim is working at Wayne State University Law Library while she pursues her M.L.I.S. at the university. She will graduate in August. Cottingim is a student member of AALL and the Michigan Association of Law Libraries.
  • Michael Grenlee, access services librarian and assistant professor at the University of Idaho College of Law Library, is a member of AALL and the Western Pacific Association of Law Libraries. He compiled an Idaho state bibliography for the AALL Government Documents Special Interest Section’s state bibliography series. Grenlee holds a dual degree in law and library science from Indiana University.
  • Tracie Krumbine, reference librarian at the University of San Diego Research Center, is a member of AALL and the San Diego Area Law Libraries. She recently helped prepare a bibliography on the USA PATRIOT Act as it affects libraries for the California Tri-Chapter Institute.
  • R. Lee Sims is an M.L.I.S. student at the University of Washington. He earned a J.D. from the University of Idaho. Sims is a student member of AALL.
  • Kira Zaporski is a project assistant at the University of Wisconsin at Madison Libraries. She will graduate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison School of Library and Information Studies in August. Zaporski is currently working with members of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin, Inc. on articles about library resources or research topics that will be published in the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Lawyer magazine. She recently wrote an article that will appear in a future issue of InfoEdge encouraging library students to attend the AALL Annual Meeting and similar association events.

The grants cover the recipients’ registration fees for the meeting. The winners will be able to check out the various educational programs, the Exhibit Hall, the Opening Reception, the Association Luncheon and the Closing Banquet at the Annual Meeting.

Established in 1952, the AALL Grants Program provides financial assistance to law librarians or library school students who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession. More than 1,000 librarians have received these funds to assist them in attending AALL educational activities. The funds are donated by vendors, AALL and AALL members.

LexisNexis™, through its various companies, has been a key sponsor of the AALL Grants Program for almost 50 years. The company's sponsorship of the AALL Grants Program is one of the many ways it works in partnership with AALL to better serve the librarian community.

This year LexisNexis™ celebrates its 10th anniversary in supporting AALL’s many special projects and activities, including the Asscociation’s grants and scholarships. AALL thanks LexisNexis for its continued sponsorship of various AALL activities over the last 10 years and looks forward to working with the company on future projects that promote law librarianship.

Grant winners will be recognized at the Association Luncheon on July 14 during the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle.