The Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award honors outstanding achievement in researching and writing an article published in Law Library Journal for the preceding volume year. The Chair of the Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum, Editorial Board and Advisory Committee,appoints a subcommittee of the Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Editorial Board and Advisory Committee. This subcommittee, in consultation with the editor of the Law Library Journal, will review each article of Law Library Journal and recommend three or four articles as candidates for the award to the Awards Committee Chair. The Awards Committee will select the recipient of the award.
The purpose of the award is twofold: (1) to honor outstanding achievement in research and writing as represented by a work published in the Law Library Journal: and (2) to encourage the submission of such works of high quality to the Law Library Journal.
An appropriate commemorative of the award, such as a plaque, certificate, or similar token, will be given to each recipient. The exact form of the award will be determined by the AALL Awards Committee. The name and achievement of the recipient will be announced in the same manner as that currently afforded other AALL award winners.
All articles published in the completed volume of Law Library Journal for the preceding calendar year, regardless of actual date of publication, are eligible for consideration for the award. A completed volume will generally consist of four issues, designated Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. 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.
Although not inclusive, the following are factors which may be considered in determining the recipient of the award:
- Contribution to research and scholarship on topics relating to law librarianship, including practical applications for library work
- Contribution to law librarianship as a profession
- Contribution to an understanding of legal materials and legal information
- Quality of writing and effectiveness of the communication technique utilized for the information sought to be conveyed
Subject to scheduling requirements adopted by the AALL Awards Committee, the Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award will be determined under the following procedure.
- The editor of Law Library Journal shall prepare a list of all eligible articles no later than three weeks after publication of the last issue of the volume under consideration.
- A subcommittee of the LLJ/AALL Spectrum Committee, in consultation with the editor of Law Library Journal, 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.
- Joseph D. Lawson, Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library, Houston, TX
"What About the Majority? Considering the Legal Research Practices of Solo and Small Firm Attorneys," 106 Law Library Journal 377 (2014)
- D.R. Jones, Associate Dean for Information Resources, Law Library Director, and Assistant Professor of Law, University of Memphis, Cecil. C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee
"Locked Collections: Copyright and the Future of Research Support" 105 Law Library Journal 425 (2013)
Sharon Hamby O'Connor, Associate Professor Emerita
Mary Sarah Bilder, Professor and Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar
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Appeals to the Privy Council before American Independence: An Annotated Digital Catalogue
- Sarah Yates
Foreign Law and Rare Books Cataloger, University of Minnesota Law Library, Minneapolis, MN
"Black's Law Dictionary: The Making of an American Standard" 103 Law Library Journal 175 (2011)
- Amanda M. Runyon
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Leslie A. Street
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Reference/Faculty Research Reference Librarian, Kathrine R. Everett Law Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
"Finding the Middle Ground in Collection Development: How Academic Law Libraries Can Shape Their Collections in Response to the Call for More Practice-Oriented Legal Education", 102 Law Library Journal 399 (2010)
- Stephanie L. Plotin
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"Legal Scholarship, Electronic Publishing, and Open Access: Transformation or Steadfast Stagnation" 101 Law Library Journal 31 (2009)
- Michael Whiteman
"Appellate Court Briefs on the Web: Electronic Dynamos or Legal Quagmire?" 97 Law Library Journal 467 (2005)
- Susan Nevelow Mart
"Protecting the Lady from Toledo: Post-USA PATRIOT Act Electronic Surveillance at the Library" 96 Law Library Journal 449 (2004)
- Georgia Briscoe, Karen Selden & Cheryl Rae Nyberg
"The Catalog vs. the Home Page? Best Practices in Connecting to Online Resources" 95 Law Library Journal 151 (2003)
- Nancy Carol Carter
Director and Professor of Law, University of San Diego, School of Law and Legal Research Center
"American Indians and Law Libraries: Acknowledging the Third Sovereign" 94 Law Library Journal 7 (2002)
- Lee R. Nemchek
"Records Retention in the Private Legal Environment: Annotated Bibliography and Program
Implementation Tools 93 Law Library Journal 7 (2001)
- Steven J. Melamut
"Pursuing Fair Use, Law Libraries and Electronic Reserves" 92 Law Library Journal 157 (2000)
- Marie Stefanini Newman
"Evaluation Criteria and Quality Control for Legal Knowledge Systems on the Internet: A Case Study" 91 Law Library Journal (1999)
- Elizabeth M. McKenzie & Kathleen E. Casey
"Using Adaptive Technology to Provide Access to Blind, Low-Vision, and Dyslexic Patrons" 90Law Library Journal 157 (1998)
- Janis L. Johnston
"Managing the Boss" 89 Law Library Journal 245 (1997)
- James S. Heller
"The Impact of Recent Litigation on Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery" 88 Law Library Journal 158 (1996).
- Myra K. Saunders
"California Legal History: A Review of Spanish and Mexican Legal Institutions" 87 Law Library Journal 487 (1995)
- Richard Pearse
"Library Open-Distribution Systems and Copyright Infringement in Canada and the United States" 86 Law Library Journal 399 (1994)
- Donald Jack Dunn
"Why Legal Research Skills Declined, or When Two Rights Make a Wrong" 85 Law Library Journal 49 (1993)
- Katherine Topulos
"A Common Lawyer's Bookshelf Recreated: An Annotated Bibliography of a Collection of Sixteenth Century English Law Books" 84 Law Library Journal 641 (1992)
- Peter W. Martin
"The Future of Law Libraries in Changing Institutions, or the Hazards and Opportunities of New Information Technology" 83 Law Library Journal 419 (1991)
- Theodore A. Mahr
"An Introduction to Law and Law Libraries in India" 82 Law Library Journal 91 (1990)
- Bruce M. Kennedy
"Confidentiality of Library Records: A Survey of Problems, Policies, and Laws" 81 Law Library Journal 933 (1989)