Frank G. Houdek Named Winner of 2001 ALL-SIS Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship
submitted by Merle J. Slyhoff,
University of Pennsylvania,
Chair, ALL-SIS Awards Committee
The 2001 ALL-SIS Frederick Charles Hicks Award
for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship is presented to Frank
G. Houdek, Professor of Law and Law Library Director, Southern Illinois University.
The nomination criteria states that nominees "should exhibit extended
and sustained contributions in one or more of the following areas." Frank
shines in all areas:
- History of contributions to the field of law librarianship through research,
publications and other activities displaying an active participation in the
advancement of academic law librarianship - Frank, Mr. Publications, is a
prolific contributor to law librarianship as well as legal literature with
a bibliography that extends to six pages.
- Achievement in a particular area of academic law librarianship - Frank has
written on numerous relevant topics, most notably legal research, which has
resulted in many game show presentations at AALL Annual Meetings.
- Service to AALL - To name a few: Past AALL President; Editor of Law
Library Journal; Chair, Committee on Relations with Information Vendors; Chair,
Special Committee on Fair Business Practices; Executive Board Strategic Planning
Committee; Executive Board Finance and Budget Committee; Public Relations
Coordinator; Chair, Publications Committee; Editor, AALL Annual Meetings:
An Annotated Index to the Proceedings; Mr. AALL History through
his compilations and presentations, and Chair, Special Committee on the History
of Law librarianship; etc., etc., etc.
- Service to the ALL-SIS - Member since 1985; past Chair of ALL-SIS; past
Executive Board member; past member of Nominating Committee.
I think all will agree that Frank is the personification of the Hicks award
and will join me in congratulating Frank on his accomplishments. The award presentation
will take place during the ALL-SIS reception at the University of Minnesota
on Tuesday, July 17.
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 Awards 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. A permanent plaque honoring all winners of the Hicks award resides at the AALL Headquarters office in Chicago.