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The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship

The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship recognizes an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship through continued efforts to improve law librarianship. The award, presented by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries, is named in honor of Frederick Charles Hicks, the first great American law librarian/scholar who was also the first academic law librarian to serve as president of AALL. Past award recipients are Penny Hazelton, Frank Houdek, Dick Danner, Bob Berring, Tim Coggins, Barbara Bintliff, Roger Jacobs, Roy Mersky, Bob Oakley, Nancy P. Johnson, Kathleen Price, Margaret Leary, and Judith M. Wright.

Criteria:

A nominee can be an individual or a group, and should exhibit extended and sustained contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • History of contributions to the field of law librarianship through research, publications and/or other activities displaying an active participation in the advancement of academic law librarianship;
  • Achievement in a particular area of academic law librarianship;
  • Service to AALL;
  • Service to the ALL-SIS.

Submission Procedure:

Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Preference will be given to members of the ALL-SIS.

Nominations must include:

  • A letter of nomination or a completed Nomination Form (.doc), including the candidate's full name, title, and institution name and address. If the candidate is retired, include name, home address, and most recent former employer;
  • A narrative supporting the nomination, to include a discussion of the candidate's contributions to academic law librarianship;
  • The name, e-mail and phone number of the nominating party.

Nomination materials may be sent electronically to the ALL-SIS Awards Committee Chair.

The award will be presented annually at the discretion of the Awards Committee.

Deadline:

11:59 p.m. on March 30, 2014 (Eastern Standard Time)

 

The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award

The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award honors section members for contributions to the enhancement of academic law librarianship through publishing. Articles published in any format in any publication other than Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum (articles from those publications are eligible for AALL Article of the Year awards) during the year prior to the award qualify for consideration. Any aspect of academic law librarianship may be addressed. A plaque will be presented to the author or authors of the winning articles. See Outstanding Article Award.

Criteria:

The article must be authored by an ALL-SIS member. For co-authored articles, at least one author must be a member of ALL-SIS.

Nominated articles for each year's award must have been published in the previous calendar year, i.e. published in 2013 for the 2014 award.

Articles will be evaluated on:

  • Relevance of topic to some aspect of academic law librarianship, including but not limited to public services, technical services, legal research or teaching;
  • Quality of writing;
  • Effectiveness of communication technique.

Articles may have appeared in any publication (paper or electronic) including AALL publications (except Law Library Journal or AALL Spectrum), chapter newsletters, non-AALL publications, or in-house publications.

When appropriate, awards will be presented for excellence in writing in different areas of academic law librarianship, such as technical services, public services, or administration.

Awards will not be presented in a given year if the Committee does not feel submissions meet the award criteria.

Submission Procedure:

Articles for consideration may be sent electronically to the ALL-SIS Awards Committee Chair.

Articles may be submitted for consideration by any AALL member, including the authors.

Deadline:

11:59 p.m. on March 17, 2014 (Eastern Standard Time)

 

The ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award

The ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award honors an ALL-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the SIS in areas of section activity and in professional service. See Outstanding Service Award.

Criteria:

The following criteria will be considered in reviewing nominations for this award. Nominees may excel in one or more of the following areas:

  • Outstanding leadership in the Section, at meetings, and in committee work;
  • Special and notable service to the Section, such as participation in special projects;
  • Participation in Section educational programs and public speaking activities;
  • Mentoring activities which encourage others in the section;
  • Activities which encourage others to join the Section.

The above list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of criteria. Individuals whose contributions to the Section take other forms may also be nominated.

Submission Procedure:

Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees must be a member of the ALL-SIS, active or retired. Nominations may be submitted by any SIS member.

Nominations must include:

  • A letter or email of nomination, including the candidate's full name, title, and institution name and address. If the candidate is retired, include name, home address, and most recent former employer;
  • A narrative supporting the nomination, to include a discussion of the candidate's contribution to the SIS;
  • A curriculum vitae of the candidate;
  • The name, e-mail address and phone number of the nominating party.

Nomination materials may be sent electronically to the ALL-SIS Awards Committee Chair.

Current Executive Board members and Awards Committee members are ineligible for nomination.

Deadline:

11:59 p.m. on March 30, 2014 (Eastern Standard Time)

 

ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant

The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) Active Member Stimulus Grant will be given to a law librarian with a record of demonstrated service to ALL-SIS and demonstrated financial need. The grant will be in the amount of $1000, and is intended to aid the recipient in attending the AALL Annual Meeting.

Criteria:

To qualify for the grant, the winner must be an active member of ALL-SIS with demonstrated financial need who plans to attend the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting. Serving as an ALL-SIS committee chair or vice-chair are examples of proof of being active in ALL-SIS, but these activities are not required of applicants.

Procedure:

To apply for the ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant, applicants must:

  1. Write a short statement (500 words maximum) addressing their service to or activity within ALL-SIS, how attending the AALL 2014 conference will benefit both them and their library, and their current financial need. This statement should include the applicant’s name, current employer, position title, and dates of AALL and ALL-SIS membership;
  2. Submit a current resume; and
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation.

Grant recipients will be chosen, in large part, based on demonstrated financial need

Nomination materials may be sent electronically to the ALL-SIS Awards Committee Chair.

Deadline:

11:59 p.m. on March 30, 2014 (Eastern Standard Time)

 

ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant

The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) Regular Member Stimulus Grant will be given to a law librarian with demonstrated financial need. The grant will be in the amount of $1000, and is intended to aid the recipient in attending the AALL Annual Meeting.

Criteria:

To qualify for the grant, the winner must be a member of ALL-SIS with demonstrated financial need who plans to attend the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting.

Procedure:

To apply for the ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant, applicants must:

  1. Write a short statement (500 words maximum) addressing how attending the AALL 2014 conference will benefit both them and their library, and their current financial need. This statement should include the applicant’s name, current employer, position title, and dates of AALL and ALL-SIS membership;
  2. Submit a current resume; and
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation.

Grant recipients will be chosen, in large part, based on demonstrated financial need.

Nomination materials may be sent electronically to the ALL-SIS Awards Committee Chair.

Deadline:

11:59 p.m. on March 17, 2014 (Eastern Standard Time)

 

ALL-SIS CONELL Grant

The Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL) is held every year in conjunction with the AALL Annual Meeting. The purpose of CONELL "is to welcome the newer members of the profession to the organization, introduce them to the Association and its leaders, and provide a setting for newer members to become acquainted with each other."

There are two ALL-SIS CONELL Grants in the amount of $500 each, which will be given to newer law librarians to attend CONELL. The purpose of the CONELL Grant is to promote participation by newer academic law librarians in AALL and the ALL-SIS. For a list of past recipients, see Grants.

Criteria:

To qualify for the grant, the winner must be an ALL-SIS member with demonstrated financial need. The winner must: (1) agree to become a member of the New Academic Law Librarians Meeting (NALLM)/Mentoring Committee for the year following the grant and (2) write a short article for the ALL-SIS Newsletter about CONELL.

Procedure:

To apply for the CONELL grant, submit (1) a current resume and (2) two letters of recommendation from current or former teachers or employers that discuss your potential to contribute to the field of academic law librarianship and your need for the grant. Grant recipients will be chosen, in large part, based on demonstrated financial need.

There is no requirement that the grant be given every year. The grant will be presented annually at the discretion of the ALL-SIS Awards Committee. Previous CONELL Grant winners are ineligible.

Nomination materials may be sent electronically to the ALL-SIS Awards Committee Chair.

Deadline:

11:59 p.m. on March 17, 2014 (Eastern Standard Time)