S. Blair Kauffman, 1948 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2016

Significant AALL Service

  • Chair, Automation and Scientific Development SIS, 1988–89
  • Chair, Access to Electronic Legal Information Committee, 1999–2000
  • Chair, Fostering Legal Research as a Subject Specialty Special Committee, 2005–06

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Certificate of Appreciation, 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Law Library Section, International Federation of Library Associations, 2013
  • Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, 2015
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2016
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2016
  • Association of American Law Schools Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Scholarship, 2016

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Automated Legislative Information Systems: A New Tool for Legal Research?” Law Library Journal 76 (1983): 233–63.
  • “Planning for Automation,” Law Library Journal 77 (1985): 6–25.
  • “Advanced Legal Research Courses: A New Trend in American Legal Education,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 6 (Fall-Winter 1986): 123–39.
  • “Librarians Teach Advanced Legal Research Courses,” Syllabus 17 (September 1986): 3.
  • “Electronic Databases in Legal Research: Beyond LEXIS and WESTLAW,” Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 13 (1987): 73–103.
  • “How Law Libraries are Coping with the Technological Revolution: U.W. Combines Traditional and Innovative Research Methods,” Wisconsin Lawyer 62 (January 1989): 29.
  • “The Future of Legal Bibliography: The Role of Laserdiscs and Computers in Compiling and Distributing Bibliographies,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 9 (Spring-Summer 1989): 147–63.
  • “Technology and Law Library Design,” St. John’s Law Review 70 (1996): 163–79.
  • Szladits’ Bibliography on Foreign and Comparative Law. Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana, 1998–2001. 10 vols. (with Daniel L. Wade and Tracy L. Thompson).
  • Law In America: An Illustrated Celebration. Florida: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 2001 (with Bonnie Collier).
  • “Opening Remarks: Order from Chaos—Contexts for Global Legal Information,” International Journal of Legal Information 31 (2003): 163–67.
  • “Fostering Legal Research As a Subject Speciality,” AALL Spectrum 10 (July 2006): 1–3 [Members’ Briefing insert].
  • “What the Americans Are Up To: Inside the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School,” Legal Information Management 6 (Autumn 2006): 164–71.
  • “The Twenty-First Century Law Library,” Law Library Journal 101 (2009): 143–56 (with John Palfrey and Richard Danner).
  • “Information Literacy in Law: Starting Points for Improving Legal Research Competencies,” International Journal of Legal Information 38 (2010): 339–51.
  • “The Recession Mounts the Ivory Tower: How the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Has Met the Challenges Posed by a Declining Economy,” Legal Information Management 10 (2010): 275–79 (with Femi Cadmus).
  • “Cornerstones for Enduring Law Libraries: Morris Cohen’s Influence at Yale,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 45–51.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Pauline M. Aranas, “Gallagher Award Celebrates Outstanding Achievement: S. Blair Kauffman and Judith M. Wright Recognized for Service to the Profession,” AALL Spectrum 20 (May/June 2016): 36–38.
  • S. Blair Kauffman Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, September 22, 2016, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.

Professional Positions

  • Head Law Librarian, National Judicial College, 1977–81
  • Law Library Director and Assistant Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law, 1981–84
  • Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law, 1984–88
  • Law Library Director and Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1988–94
  • Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Yale Law School, 1994–2016
  • Law Librarian Emeritus, Yale Law School, 2016–present


  • B.S., University of Missouri, 1971
  • J.D., University of Missouri, 1975
  • LL.M., University of Missouri, 1976
  • M.L.L., University of Washington, 1977

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to the practice of Law, Missouri, 1975
  • Member, Accreditation Site Evaluation Teams, ABA, 1985–2011
  • Member, Editorial Board, Graven Images: Journal of Law, Culture and the Sacred, 1992–2002
  • Principal Investigator, “Digitizing U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs,” National Science Foundation, 2000–02
  • Chair, Program Committee, International Association of Law Libraries, 2002
  • President, New England Law Library Consortium, 2002–03
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Electronic Resources in Law Libraries, 2002–06
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2007
  • Member, Committee on Libraries and Technology, Association of American Law Schools, 2011–13