ARCHIVED: Distinguished Lectureship Award

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The AALL Distinguished Lectureship is an opportunity for members with a unique perspective on the history, practice, or philosophy of law librarianship to share their knowledge and expertise with other members in a prestigious setting. The lecture, which can be on a topic of the individual's own choosing, will be presented at the annual meeting and published in the Law Library Journal.

Selection Process:

The AALL Research and Publications Committee, in coordination with the editors of Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum will select the recipient, should qualified candidates be identified. Nominations will be solicited from the AALL membership with the consent of the nominee. The deadline for nominations is November 1. The lecture will be given at the following AALL Convention. The Lectureship carries a $500 honorarium.

Selection Criteria:

  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of the Association who has made a substantial contribution to its work.
  • The nominee must have been active for a sufficient number of years to have acquired a broad perspective on law librarianship and must possess the qualities required to articulate his or her experiences and ideas.
  • The nominee will be selected for speaking style, preeminence in the subject area, and willingness to commit significant time and energy to prepare for the lecture.

Application Information:

Download Distinguished Lectureship Nomination Form

Nominations must be received by AALL no later than November 1 of each year. A subcommittee of the Research and Publications Committee will review the nominations and make the final decision regarding the recipient of the award. Each nominee shall be considered individually and confidentially and will be judged according to the criteria listed above. The subcommittee will complete its deliberations and the selection process by December 15. The lecture will take place at the AALL convention in July of the following year. The award may be presented annually, but there is no requirement that the award be given each year. For more information, please contact Research and Publications Committee Chair, Luis Acosta. Nominations and all accompanying documentation for this award should be sent to:

American Association of Law Libraries
AALL Distinguished Lectureship
105 W. Adams Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60603-6225

Phone: (312) 205-8012
Fax: (312) 205-8013

(Please include Email Subject Line: AALL Distinguished Lectureship)

Award Presentation

The award shall be presented during the AALL Annual Meeting, and it will be given in name of the Association. The recipient will receive a plaque and a $500 cash prize. The timing of the lecture at the annual meeting will be determined by the AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Previous Winners:

2013: Michael G. Chiorazzi, Director and Professor of Law, University of Arizona, James E Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ. Lecture Presented at 2013 AALL Annual Meeting: Training the Next Generation of Law Librarians — The Past as Prologue

2012: Anne Klinefelter, Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law, Kathrine R. Everett Law Library, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC. Lecture Presented at 2012 AALL Annual Meeting: Should Librarians Retire the Privacy Ethic?

2011: Jolande E. Goldberg, Senior Cataloging Specialist, Policy and Standards Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Lecture Presented at 2011 AALL Annual Meeting: De arte et de jurisprudentia: Some Aspects of Legal Iconography