The AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award honors outstanding achievement in writing an article that contributes to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems legal information, or to professional and staff training and development. The winner is selected on the basis of quality of writing and effectiveness of the communication technique.
The purpose of the award is twofold: (1) to honor outstanding achievement in writing as represented by a work published in the AALL Spectrum; and (2) to encourage the submission of such works of high quality to the AALL Spectrum.
The following are factors that may be considered in determining the recipient of the award:
Articles that contribute to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems legal information, or to professional and staff training and development.
Quality of writing and effectiveness of the communication technique utilized for the information sought to be conveyed.
All articles published in AALL Spectrum during the previous year of publication will be eligible to be considered for the award. The previous year of publication is considered to be January through December. Length and format of the article will not affect eligibility.
Articles originally published elsewhere will not be eligible for the award.
However, revisions of previously published works or pieces originally presented in another form or media (e.g. paper presented at a conference) will be eligible for consideration.
Subject to and in conjunction with procedures adopted by the AALL Awards Committee, the AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award is determined under the following procedure:
- The editor of the AALL Spectrum shall prepare a list of all eligible articles no later than three weeks after publication of the last issue under consideration.
- A subcommittee of the LLJ/AALL Spectrum Committee, in consultation with the editor of AALL Spectrum, shall select one or more recipients for the award, or no recipient if it deems none of the nominees sufficiently qualified.
- The committee will submit the winning recipient's name(s) to the Awards Committee.
- The award will be announced and presented at the Annual Meeting next following the selection of the recipient by the Awards Committee.
- Steven A. Lastres, Director of Library and Knowledge Management, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, NY
Collection Development in the Age of the Virtual Law Firm Library, AALL Spectrum, June 2011
- Steven J. Melamut, Information Technology Services Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law Library, Chapel Hill, NC
Freeing Creativity: Understanding the Creative Commons licenses
AALL Spectrum, April 2010
- James M. Donovan
Faculty and Access Services Librarian, University of Georgia School of Law Library, Athens, Georgia
Back Away from the Survey Monkey! Optimize Research Results with an Honest Assessment of Methodology
AALL Spectrum, November 2009
- Mark P. Bernstein
Omer Poos Law Library, Saint Louis University School of Law
One Size Fits All No More: The Impact of Law Specialization on Library Services
AALL Spectrum, March 2007
- Leah Sandwell-Weiss
Reference Librarian & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Legal Research, Univeristy of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, AZ
Putting Ideals into Action: AALL Washington Affairs Office is the Hub of Law Librarianship
AALL Spectrum, April 2005
- Leah Sandwell-Weiss
Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Legal Research, University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, AZ
A Look at the USA PATRIOT Act Today
AALL Spectrum, July 2004
- Jean M. Holcomb, Law Librarian and Director, King County Law Library, Seattle Washington.
The Annual Report: An Overlooked Opportunity to Tell the Library's Story
AALL Spectrum, June 2003, p.10.
- Mary Rumsey, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library.
Libraries Confront the Challenges of Accommodating Disabled Users
AALL Spectrum, April 2002, p.6.
- James S. Heller
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
Collection Development and Weeding a la Versace:Fashioning a Policy for Your Library
AALL Spectrum, February 2002, p. 12.
- Ann Walsh Long
Get Your Library Ready for Distance Education
AALL Spectrum, May 2000, p12.
- Joanne Dugan
True Confessions of a Copyright Wimp
AALL Spectrum, February 2000, p.4