Carolyn P. Ahearn, 1950–

Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

Significant AALL Service

  • President, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., 1982–83, 1998–99
  • AALL Executive Board, 1985–88
  • AALL President-Elect, 1990–91
  • AALL President, 1991–92
  • AALL Immediate Past President, 1992–93
  • Co-Director, AALL Paraprofessional Forum, 1999
  • Member, Member Recognition Special Committee, 2008–09
  • Co-Chair, Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section Training Program, 2009–10

Professional Honors & Awards

  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2013

Selected Publications by Inductee

  • “The Relocation of a Law-Firm Library, National Law Journal 7 (Jan. 28, 1985): 14 (with Susanne D. Thevenet and Kathie L. Weinberg).
  • “Formation of a Law Library,” New York Law Journal 193 (Mar. 25, 1985): 29 (with Susanne D. Thevenet and Kathie L. Weinberg).
  • “Librarians Walk a Tightrope Between Tech and Law; Administration of Legal Libraries Requires Research Skills as Well as Computer Savvy,” National Law Journal 22 (July 17, 2000): C4 (with Jeannine Coscia).
  • “The Right Way to Research: To Reach Your Destination, Ask the Right Questions, Make a Plan, and Know the Tools,” Legal Times 26 (Sept. 29, 2003): 29.

Selected Publications About Inductee

  • Elizabeth L. Moore, “Recognizing the Outstanding: Carolyn P. Ahearn and Judy Meadows Receive the 2013 Marian Gould Gallagher Award.” AALL Spectrum 17 (June 2013): 22.
  • Carolyn Ahearn, Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, July 15, 2013, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.

Professional Positions

  • Research Bibliographer, University of Pennsylvania, 1973–75
  • Assistant Librarian, Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin and Kahn, 1975–76
  • Librarian, Pierson, Ball and Dowd, 1976–79
  • Director of Library Services, Shaw, Pittman, Washington, D.C., 1979–96
  • Director of Library Services, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, D.C., 1996–2010
  • Interim Associate Dean of Information Services and Director of the Law Library, Hofstra University School of Law, 2010–11


  • B.A., Union College, 1972
  • M.S.L.S., Catholic University of America, 1973

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (Outside AALL)

  • Member, Law Librarianship Advisory Committee, Catholic University of America, School of Library and Information Science, 2008–present