Outstanding Article Award

The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award has honored section members since 2002 for contributions to the enhancement of academic law librarianship through publishing. To qualify for consideration, articles must be:

  • published in the year prior to the award,
  • in any format,
  • in any publication (other than Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum, because articles in those publications are eligible for a AALL award), and
  • about any aspect of academic law librarianship.

Awards are given at the discretion of the committee. No awards were given in 2003, 2006, or 2018.


2021 Awards / Outstanding Article: Caroline L. Osborne & Stephanie Miller, The Scholarly Impact Matrix:  An Empirical Study of How Multiple Metrics Create an Informed Story of a Scholar’s Work, 39 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 238 (2020).
2020 Awards / Outstanding Article: Jennifer L. Behrens, Unknown Symbols: Online Legal Research in the Age of Emoji, 38 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 155 (2019).
2019 Awards / Outstanding Article: Douglas W. Lind, A Bibliography of Littleton’s Tenures as an Archetype for the Study of Early English Legal Printing, 37 32 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 38 (2018).
2017 Awards / Outstanding Article: Susan David deMaine, Preparing Law Students for Information Governance, 35 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 101 (2016).
2016 Awards / Outstanding Article: Catherine A. Lemmer, Competitive Intelligence Instruction to Develop Practice-Ready Legal Professionals, 34 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 268 (2015).
2015 Awards / Outstanding Article: James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson, & Caroline Osborne, The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, Edison 2015-03A,
2014 Awards / Outstanding Article: Cindy Guyer, Experiential Learning: Context and Connections for Legal Research–A Case Study, 32 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 161 (2013).
2013 Awards / Outstanding Article: Lee F. Peoples, Testing the Limits of WestlawNext, 31 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 125-49 (2012).
2012 Awards / Outstanding Article: Aliza B. Kaplan & Kathleen Darvil, Think [and Practice] Like a Lawyer: Legal Research for the New Millennials, 8 Leg. Comm. & Rhetoric 153 (2011).
2011 Awards / Outstanding Article: Terry Ballard & Anna Blaine, The Changing Face of Current Awareness Reporting in Law Libraries, 111 New Libr. World 104 (2010).
2010 Awards / Outstanding Article: Nancy P. Johnson, What First-Year Law Students Should Learn in a Legal Research Class, 28 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 77 (2009).
2009 Awards / Outstanding Article: Daniel W. Martin, Katherine Pratt, & Jennifer M. Kowal, The Virtual Tax Library: A Comparison of Five Electronic Tax Research Platforms, 8 Fla. Tax Rev. 931 (2008).
2008 Awards / Carol Parker, Institutional Repositories and the Principle of Open Access: Changing the Way We Think About Legal Scholarship, 7 N.M. L. Rev. 431 (2007).
2007 Awards / Outstanding Article: Bonnie Shucha, The State of the Law Library Blogosphere, www.llrx.com.
2005 Awards / Outstanding Article: Nancy M. Babb, Cataloging Spirits and the Spirit of Cataloging, 40 Cataloging & Classification Q. 89 (no. 2, 2005).
2004 Awards / Outstanding Articles: Nancy Carol Carter, The Special Case of Alaska: Native Law and Research, 22 Leg. Ref. Servs. Q. 11 (no. 4, 2003).
Matthew Cordon, Beyond Mere Competency: Advanced Legal Research in a Practice-Oriented Curriculum, 55 Baylor L. Rev. 1 (2003).
2002 Awards / Outstanding Article: Melissa M. Serfass and Jessie L. Cranford, Federal and State Court Rules Governing Publication and Citation of Opinions, 3 J. App. Prac. & Process 251 (Spring 2001).