The AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award honors outstanding achievement in writing an article that contributes to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems, legal information, or to professional and staff training and development. The winner is selected on the basis of quality of writing and effectiveness of the communication technique. The Spectrum Article of the Year Award is open to both members and non-members.
The purpose of the award is twofold: (1) to honor outstanding achievement in writing as represented by a work published in AALL Spectrum; and (2) to encourage the submission of such works of high quality to AALL Spectrum.
The following are factors that may be considered in determining the recipient of the award:
Contributions to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems, legal information, or to professional and staff training and development.
Quality of writing and effectiveness of the communication technique utilized for the information sought to be conveyed.
All articles published in AALL Spectrum during the previous year of publication will be eligible to be considered for the award. The previous year of publication is considered to be January through December. Length and format of the article will not affect eligibility.
Articles originally published elsewhere will not be eligible for the award. However, revisions of previously published works or pieces originally presented in another form or media (e.g, paper presented at a conference) will be eligible for consideration.
Subject to and in conjunction with procedures adopted by the AALL Awards Committee, the AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award is determined under the following procedure:
- The editor of AALL Spectrum shall prepare a list of all eligible articles no later than three weeks after publication of the last issue under consideration.
- The AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award Jury shall select one or more recipients for the award or no recipient if it deems none of the nominees sufficiently qualified.
- The jury will submit the winning recipient’s name(s) to the Awards Committee.
- The award will be announced and presented at the Annual Meeting next following the selection of the recipient by the AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award Jury.
Rachel P. Licona
Staff Attorney, Family and Probate Divisions
Sixth Judicial Circuit Court
Professor of Legal Research &
Faculty Services Librarian
University of Florida
“Enhancing the Online Learning Environment,” AALL Spectrum, Vol. 22, No. 4 (March/April 2018)
Lori B. Andrews
University Distinguished Professor of Law
Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
“iSpy: Threats to Individual and Institutional Privacy in the Digital World,” AALL Spectrum, Vol. 21, No. 5 (May/June 2017)
Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources
Western New England University School of Law Library
“Crowdsourcing Legal Research: The Opportunities and Challenges,” AALL Spectrum, May/June 2016
Thurgood Marshall Law Library, Francis King Carey School of Law
University of Maryland
David E. Matchen Jr.
University of Baltimore Law Library
University of Baltimore School of Law
“Faced With Crisis: The Importance of Establishing a Comprehensive Crisis Management Plan,” AALL Spectrum, November/December 2015
Collection Management Librarian
Harris Beach PLLC
Kristen M. Hallows
Bricker & Eckler LLP
“Dialectic of Transformation: The Shaping of a Name” AALL Spectrum, April 2014
Ohio State University, Moritz Law Library
Electronic Resources Manager
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
“Negotiating and Complying with Electronic Database License Agreements” AALL Spectrum, February 2013
Laurel E. Davis
Legal Information Librarian, Lecturer in Law and Curator of Rare Books
Educational Technology Specialist
Boston College Law Library
“Rare Books & Technology: Collaborating Within the Library”
Steven A. Lastres
Director of Library and Knowledge Management
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York, NY
“Collection Development in the Age of the Virtual Law Firm Library” AALL Spectrum, June 2011
Steven J. Melamut
Information Technology Services Librarian
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law Library
Chapel Hill, NC
“Freeing Creativity: Understanding the Creative Commons licenses” AALL Spectrum, April 2010
James M. Donovan
Faculty and Access Services Librarian
University of Georgia School of Law Library
“Back Away from the Survey Monkey! Optimize Research Results with an Honest Assessment of Methodology” AALL Spectrum, November 2009
Carl A. Yirka
Professor and Library Director
Julien & Virginia Cornell Library, Vermont Law School
South Royalton, VT
“Perspective: The Yirka Question and Yirka’s Answer: What Should Law Libraries Stop Doing in Order to Address Higher Priority Initiatives?” AALL Spectrum, July 2008
Mark P. Bernstein
Omer Poos Law Library
Saint Louis University School of Law
“One Size Fits All No More: The Impact of Law Specialization on Library Services” AALL Spectrum, March 2007
Barbara A. Bintliff
University of Colorado at Boulder Law Library
“The Ethics of Electronic Record Sharing”, AALL Spectrum, June 2006
Reference Librarian & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Legal Research
University of Arizona College of Law
“Putting Ideals into Action: AALL Washington Affairs Office is the Hub of Law Librarianship” AALL Spectrum, April 2005
Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Legal Research
University of Arizona College of Law
“A Look at the USA PATRIOT Act Today” AALL Spectrum, July 2004
Jean M. Holcomb
Law Librarian and Director
King County Law Library
“The Annual Report: An Overlooked Opportunity to Tell the Library’s Story” AALL Spectrum, June 2003
Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian
University of Minnesota Law Library.
“Libraries Confront the Challenges of Accommodating Disabled Users” AALL Spectrum, April 2002
James S. Heller
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law College of William and Mary
“Collection Development and Weeding a la Versace: Fashioning a Policy for Your Library” AALL Spectrum, February 2002
Ann Walsh Long
“Get Your Library Ready for Distance Education” AALL Spectrum, May 2000
“True Confessions of a Copyright Wimp” AALL Spectrum, February 2000