Darcy Kirk, 1948 –

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION: 2019

Significant AALL Service

Darcy Kirk

  • Chair, Readers’ Services SIS, 1995–96
  • Chair, Government Relations Committee, 1998–99
  • President, Law Librarians of New England, 2001–02
  • Co-chair, Local Advisory Committee, 2004 Annual Meeting (Boston), 2003–04
  • AALL Secretary, 2005–08
  • Co-chair, Joint Study Institute 2008 Planning Committee, 2007–08
  • Chair, Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee, 2009–10
  • AALL Vice President/President-Elect, 2010–11
  • Chair, Appointments Committee, 2010–11
  • AALL President, 2011–12
  • AALL Immediate Past President, 2012–13
  • Vice-Chair, Nominations Committee, 2013–14
  • Chair, Nominations Committee, 2014–15

Professional Honors and Awards

  • AALL Presidential Certificates of Appreciation, 2009, 2013
  • Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, 2016
  • AALL Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2019
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2019

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Why is There a ‘Glass Ceiling’ in Law Librarianship?” Law Library Lights 37 (March/April 1994): 1, 3–5.
  • “The Research Assistant Pool in the Law Library,” Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 6 (October 1994): 4–5 (with Barbara Rainwater).
  • “Reeling in First Year Law Students—Hook, Line and Sinker!” Law Library Lights 38 (May/June 1995): 1, 4.
  • “Barriers to Broad Public Access of Court Opinions and Creative Consortial Projects of Law Librarians to Democratize Access Through the Internet,” Collection Management 23, no. 3 (1998):105–18 (with Mary Alice Baish).
  • “From Magician to Mathematician: Challenges for Academic Law Librarians.” Connecticut Law Tribune 26 (July 17, 2000): 11.
  • “One Librarian at a Time,” Law Librarians in the New Millenium 8 (March-April 2005): 3.
  • “The Law School Librarian: Filling in the Gaps. In The Law School Librarian’s Role as an Educator: Leading Librarians on Adapting to New Technologies, Maximizing Research, and Helping Students Transition from Law School to Law Firm, chap. 7. Boston: Aspatore, 2008.
  • “What’s Rowing Got to Do With It?” AALL Spectrum 16 (September/October 2011): 4.
  • “Rowing Down the River or Leadership Going Forward,” AALL Spectrum 16 (November 2011): 4.
  • “What is the Value of Associations, or Is It Safe to Row Alone?” AALL Spectrum 16 (February 2012): 4.
  • “Connections with Our International Colleagues,” AALL Spectrum 16 (March 2012): 4.
  • “The End of the Row but Not the End of the River,” AALL Spectrum 16 (June 2012): 4.
  • “Member’s Briefing: Did You Know . . . What the Executive Board Does?” AALL Spectrum 16 (July 2012): 1–4 [special insert].

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Darcy Kirk, Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick Kehoe, September 18, 2016, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.
  • Elaine Knecht, “Gallagher Award Celebrates Outstanding Achievement: James S. Heller, Kenneth J. Hirsh, Jacquelyn J. Jurkins & Darcy Kirk Recognized for Service to the Profession,” AALL Spectrum 23 (July/August 2018): 38–41.

Professional Positions

  • Library Intern, Harvard University Widener Library, 1971–73
  • Catalog Librarian, Harvard University Widener Library, 1973–79
  • Management Assistant, Harvard College Library, 1979–80
  • Assistant Librarian for Technical Services, Boston College Law Library, 1981–89
  • Acting Co-Director, Boston College Law Library, 1983–84
  • Assistant Librarian for Collection Development, Boston College Law Library, 1989–90
  • Assistant Director for Research Services, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1990–91
  • Associate Law Librarian for Public Services and Adjunct Professor of Law, Edward Bennett Williams Library, Georgetown University Law Center, 1991–96
  • Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law Library, 1996–2004
  • Associate Dean for Library and Technology and Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, 2004–18
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 2014–present

Education

  • A.B., Vassar College, 1970
  • M.S., Simmons College, 1973
  • M.B.A., Simmons College, 1979
  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1989

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Member, Accreditation Site Evaluation Teams, ABA, 2003–15
  • Treasurer, New England Law Library Consortium, 2003–
  • Member, Thomson/West Publishing, Academic Advisory Board, 2003–05
  • Member, Regulations Working Group, State of Connecticut, 2007–08