Monday, December 21, 2009
Law librarians are at the forefront when it comes to assuring access to legal information. AALL recognizes individual members, special interest sections (SISs), chapters, libraries, and others who excel in that endeavour through awards highlighting their accomplishments. Recently, the AALL Executive Board created additional member recognition awards, including the Emerging Leader Award, Volunteer Service Award, and Innovations in Technology Award.
Recipients will be recognized at the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver next July. Nomination information for all AALL awards is included below. Please take the time to recognize a deserving colleague, library, entity, or company (including your own!). Be sure to send in your nominations or applications for the following awards by February 1.
AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award
The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award is selected by the AALL Call for Papers Committee. The award's objectives are threefold: (1) to honor scholarship among practicing law librarians and in areas of interest to the profession; (2) to provide a creative outlet for law librarians and a forum for their scholarly activities; and (3) to recognize scholarly efforts of established members, new members, and potential members of AALL. Eligibility is open to active and retired AALL members of five or more years; active and retired AALL members of fewer than five years; and currently-enrolled students in library school, information management school or the equivalent, or law school. Student nominees need not be members of AALL. No papers, or portions of a paper, published or accepted for publication before March 1, 2009, will be eligible for consideration. Each submission must be accompanied by a cover letter describing the purpose of the paper, a short abstract, and a completed application form. Submit the paper, application, cover letter, abstract, and, for the student division, instructor's letter as attachments to an e-mail to Call for Papers Chair, James M. Donovan, Faculty and Access Services Librarian, University of Georgia, Alexander Campbell King Law Library, Herty Drive, Athens, GA 30602-6018; 706/542-5077; Fax: 706/542-6800; email@example.com.
AALL Excellence in Marketing Award
The AALL Excellence in Marketing Award, selected by the AALL Public Relations Committee, honors outstanding achievement in public relations activities by an individual, group of individuals, library, chapter, special interest section, consortium, caucus, or any other group affiliated with AALL. Awards may be given in five categories: Best Brochure, Best Campaign, Best Newsletter, Best PR Toolkit, and Best Use of Technology. Please submit four copies of the entry, e.g., brochure, newsletter, handbook, PR tool kit, or map. In the case of a campaign or home page, please submit four hard copies of all supporting documentation: a campaign notebook or printout of at least the main page and introductory material of a home page. Entries must be signed and dated, and the submission itself must have been used or implemented during 2009. Send entries to Hannah Phelps, Membership Services Coordinator, American Association of Law Libraries, 105 W. Adams Street, Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60603; 312/205-8022; Fax 312/431-1097; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter Professional Development Award
The Chapter Professional Development Award, selected by the Awards Committee, recognizes significant achievements in designing outstanding professional development programs by AALL chapters. Two awards are given: one for a single program or workshop of one half day or more, and the other for a more comprehensive professional development program up to one year in length. Send five copies of the application and documentation to Chapter Professional Development Award Subcommittee Chair, Susan Seibers, Director of Library and Information Services, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, 525 W. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60661-3693; 312/902-5675; Fax: 312/577-8715; email@example.com.
CRIV New Product Award
The CRIV New Product Award, selected by the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, honors a new commercial legal information product that has been in the library marketplace for no more than two years. The product must be commercial, enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures, and be an innovative project that improves access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedure to technical processing of library materials. Projects that have been re-introduced in a new format or with substantial changes are eligible. To submit nominations, send eight copies to CRIV New Product Award Subcommittee Chair, Michelle Cosby, Reference Librarian, University of Kentucky College of Law Library, 620 S. Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40506-0048; 859/257-1578; Fax: 859/323-4906; Mcosb2@email.uky.edu.
Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award, selected by the AALL Leadership Development Committee, honors members of AALL in their first 10 years of law library experience who have made a significant contribution to the Association and/or the profession and who show outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership to AALL. The award carries a $500 cash prize. Although the award need not be given in any particular year, up to three recipients may be honored in any one year. Current members of the Leadership Development Committee or AALL members who have won the Emerging Leader Award previously are not eligible. Send the completed nomination form and all supporting documentation to Leadership Development Committee Chair, American Association of Law Libraries, 105 W. Adams Street, Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60603-6225; 312/205-8010; Fax: 312/205-8011; or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include e-mail subject line: Emerging Leader Award.
Innovations in Technology Award
The Innovations in Technology Award, selected by the Awards Committee with two committee members from the Computing Services SIS, recognizes an AALL member, SIS, chapter, or library for innovative use of technology in the development and creation of an application or resource for law librarians or legal professionals. The award carries a $500 cash prize. Nomination applications and supporting documentation must describe (1) the application of technology; (2) how the application benefits library users and/or the legal information community; and (3) how the technology resource is an example of librarians and information professionals effectively and efficiently serving as the human connection between technology, information, and the user experience. Send five copies of the application and supporting documentation to Innovations in Technology Award Subcommittee Chair, Al Podboy, Director of Library Services, Baker & Hostetler LLP, 3200 National City Center, 1900 E. 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114-3485; 216/861-7101; Fax: 216/696-0740; email@example.com.
Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award
The Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award, selected by the Awards Committee, is presented to honor a significant contribution to legal bibliographic literature. To be eligible, a work must be a compilation of titles, published in any format, organized to serve as a reference tool or finding aid for such publications. Each nominated work will be measured primarily by its creative, evaluative elements, and the extent to which judgment was a factor in its formation. The works must have been published since 2009 to be considered. Send the nomination, including a complete description and five review copies, to Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award Subcommittee Chair, Margaret K. Maes, Executive Director, Legal Information Preservation Alliance, P.O. Box 5266, Bloomington, IN 47407; 812/361-7114; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Awards
The Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Awards, selected by the LLJ/Spectrum Committee, honor outstanding writing in each of those publications. Recipients will be chosen from articles published in Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum during 2009.
Law Library Publications Award
The Law Library Publications Award, selected by the Awards Committee, recognizes achievement in creating outstanding in-house library materials. There are two categories for the award: print and non-print. Recipients of the award may be any individual or group affiliated with AALL. Entries are judged according to the quality of the materials, creativity, and usefulness to the target audience. Send five copies of the application and supporting documents to: Law Library Publications Award Subcommittee Chair, Mary Lu Linnane, Associate Director for Technical Services, DePaul University College of Law, Rinn Law Library, 25 E. Jackson Boulevard, Floor 5, Chicago, IL 60604-2201; 312/362-6895; Fax: 312/362-6908; email@example.com.
Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award
The Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, selected by the Awards Committee, is presented to an individual nearing or following completion of an active professional career and recognized extended and sustained distinguished service to law librarianship and AALL. Honorees may be recognized for exceptional achievement in a particular area of law librarianship, for service to the Association that goes well beyond expectation, or for outstanding contributions to the professional literature. Nominees must be or at one time have been a member of AALL. The award may be given posthumously. Nomination applications should include either additional supporting letters or the names of the other persons to contact for further information concerning the nominee. Each candidate shall be considered individually and confidentially and will be judged according to the criteria listed above. Petitions and letter writing campaigns (beyond those letters included with the application) are discouraged and will not be considered in the evaluation process nor will they influence the committee. To submit a nomination, complete the application form and send the nomination packet, including supporting documents, to Marian Gould Gallagher Award Subcommittee Chair, Camille Broussard, Director, Mendik Law Library, New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013; 212/431-2354; Fax 212/965-8839; Camille.Broussard@nyls.edu.
Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award
The Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award, selected by the Government Relations Committee, honors significant contributions by persons or organizations involved in the protection and promotion of great public access to government information. Recipients need not be law librarians nor members of AALL and may not be members of AALL's Government Affairs Office. Criteria for selection include: (1) a contribution that significantly improves public access to government information, thereby increasing the public's knowledge about the workings of government; (2) the extent to which the individual or organization has had a positive impact on protecting and promoting public access to government information; and (3) the extent to which the effort advances the AALL mission and Government Relations Policy. All nominations are considered on an individual basis, with complete confidentiality. Nominations are to be sent to Government Relations Committee Chair, Camilla Tubbs, Reference Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library, P.O. Box 208215, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06520 -8215; 203/432-7535; Fax: 203/432-9692; Camilla.Tubbs@yale.edu.
Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award
The Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award, selected by the Government Relations Committee, was established in 2008 to recognize an AALL member or group who has been an outstanding, energetic and effective advocate for law libraries and legal information and has contributed significantly to the AALL policy agenda to promote equal access to government information at the federal, state, local, or international level. The award may be presented annually, but there is no requirement that it be given each year. The award honors the memory of Robert L. Oakley, AALL's Washington affairs representative (1989-2007). Current members of the Government Relations Committee are not eligible. All nominations are considered on an individual basis, with complete confidentiality. Letters of nomination are to be sent to Government Relations Committee Chair, Camilla Tubbs, Reference Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research, Lillian Goldman Library, P.O. Box 208215, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8215; 203/432-7535; Fax: 203/432-9692; Camilla.Tubbs@yale.edu.
Volunteer Service Award
The Volunteer Service Award, selected by the Awards Committee, honors members who have made a significant contribution to the work of AALL but have not served on the AALL Executive Board or received any of the AALL awards for distinguished service listed here. Nominees must be members in good standing of AALL for 10 years immediately preceding nomination, must not have served on the AALL Executive Board, and must not have previously received any of the following awards: the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, the AALL Hall of Fame Award, the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award, the ALL-SIS Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, the CS-SIS Kenneth J. Hirsch Distinguished Service Award, the SCCLL-SIS Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, or the TS-SIS Renee D. Chapman Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship. Honorees may be recognized for many types of volunteer service, including volunteer service at annual meetings, service on special projects, presenting educational programs at AALL Annual Meetings, chairing an SIS, chairing an AALL or SIS committee, serving as a chapter president, or representing AALL in an official capacity to an outside entity. All nominations are considered on an individual basis, with complete confidentiality. Nominations are to be sent to Volunteer Service Award Subcommittee Chair, Judy Meadows, Director State Law Library of Montana, P.O. Box 203004, Helena, MT 59620-3004; 406/444-3660; Fax: 406/444-3603; firstname.lastname@example.org.