ARCHIVED: AALL and West Award $2,500 in Grants

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June 19, 2003

The American Association of Law Libraries and West have awarded $2,500 in grants to two library students and seven AALL members to attend the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference July 12-16 in Seattle.

The recipients of the 2003 grants sponsored by West are:

  • Carol Collins is a catalog librarian at the University of Tennessee Law Library. She has worked with the State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section to revise the Sourcebook for Law Library Governing Boards. She earned her Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Tennessee.
  • Debra Lynn Denslaw graduated in May from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She is a graduate assistant at the university’s College of Law and a student member of AALL. Denslaw earned her J.D. from Valparaiso University in Indiana.
  • Rachel Hewett-Beah is a cataloging librarian at the DuFour Law Library at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She recently graduated with a dual degree in librarianship and medieval history. Hewett-Beah is a member of AALL and the Law Librarians Society of Washington, D.C., Inc.
  • Donald Ford is a reference and interlibrary loan librarian at the University of Colorado Law Library. He is a member of AALL.
  • John Dethman is the access services/reference librarian at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Library. He has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington, a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law and an L.L.M. in taxation from New York University. Dethman recently published an article in Legal Reference Services Quarterly on the changing nature of the publishing industry. He is a member of AALL and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries.
  • Bret Christensen is a library science student at California State University in San Jose. He also works as a library assistant at the Orange County Public Law Library in Santa Ana, Calif. Christensen is a student member of AALL and the Southern California Association of Law Libraries.
  • Tom Gaylord is a law librarian at the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law Library. He has an M.L.I.S. from the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a J.D. from the University of Illinois. Gaylord is a member of AALL and the Chicago Association of Law Libraries.
  • David Mark Zopfi-Jordan is an assistant librarian for document delivery services for the University of Minnesota Law Library. As a member of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, he was chair of the Public Relations Committee in 2002-2003, nominated for treasurer in the Executive Board in 2003-2004, and was a member of the LSTA Grant Task Force in 2002-2003. He is also a member of AALL. Zopfi-Jordan received his M.L.S. from the University of North Texas.
  • Qian Cui is a catalog librarian at Georgia State University College of Law Library. She is a member of AALL and the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.

The grants cover the recipients’ registration fees for the meeting. The winners will be able to check out the various educational programs, the Exhibit Hall, the Opening Reception, the Association Luncheon and the Closing Banquet at the Annual Meeting.

Established in 1952, the AALL Grants Program provides financial assistance to law librarians or library school students who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession. More than 1,000 librarians have received these funds to assist them in attending AALL educational activities. The funds are donated by vendors, AALL and AALL members.