Richard A. Danner, Senior Associate Dean for Information Technology
and Research Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law Library
is the 2002 recipient of the coveted Frederick Charles Hicks Award for
Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship. The Hicks
Award is presented annually by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest
Section. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding
contributions to academic law librarianship through sustained efforts in
research, publication and other activities which improve and advance law
librarianship. The award 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.
Dick Danner's career exemplifies the very best in academic law librarianship.
Over the past 20 years his leadership and activities related to academic
law librarianship have been diverse and continuous, and in the forefront
of the profession. He has been active as an author, speaker and participant
in AALL activities, serving as president in 1989-90 and editor of the Law
Library Journal from 1984 to 1994. He has been active in other organizations
affecting academic libraries such as IALL, and he was recently elected
to the Executive Board of AALS, only the second librarian to hold this
Prof. Danner has written extensively about the core issues of law librarianship
in several books and more than 30 articles. He is also a highly respected
speaker who has participated in countless programs and workshops during
the past 20 years. He has an uncanny ability to see the vision of
the future and at the same time, help librarians work effectively in the
present. His Strategic Planning: A Law Library Management Tool
for the 90s and Beyond has helped many librarians work solidly in the present
to achieve future goals. In 1994 he served on the Special Committee
on the Renaissance of Law Librarianship in the Information Age and edited
the Final Report of that committee, Toward a Renaissance of Law Librarianship.
Prof. Danner's contributions to academic law librarianship have been sustained
throughout his career and critical to the advancement of the profession.
The ALL-SIS is proud to honor Prof. Danner with this award. The award
will be presented July 23 during the ALL-SIS reception at Barry University
in Orlando, Florida at the annual AALL convention.
The Frederick Charles Hicks Award was named for the first great American
law librarian/scholar and first academic law librarian to be president
of AALL. Information about Hicks and his career can be found on the
Hicks Award page on the ALL-SIS website. The award was first presented in 2000 to Penny Hazelton, Professor of Law and Law Librarian, University of Washington. The 2001 recipient was Frank G. Houdek, Professor of Law and Law Library Director, Southern Illinois University. A permanent plaque honoring all winners of the Hicks Award resides at the AALL Headquarters in Chicago. Victoria Trotta
of Arizona State University chaired the ALL-SIS Awards Committee which also included James Duggan, Ed Edmonds, Sally Holterhoff and Diana Osbaldiston.