Gitelle Seer, 1946 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2017

Significant AALL Service

  • President, Law Library Association of Greater New York, 1978–79
  • AALL Secretary: 1986–89
  • Co-Director, AALL Institute, “Introduction to Legal Reasoning and the Law,” February 1992
  • Co-Director, AALL Institute, “International Business Law: Legal Transactions in a Global Economy,” July 1995

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Elected to Life Membership, Law Library Association of Greater New York, 2012
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2017
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2017

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “The Law Firm Library of the Future,” American Lawyer (December 1988): S6.
  • “Starting Your Own Law Firm: Libraries,” American Lawyer (January 23, 1989): S11.
  • “The Law Librarian as Teacher,” National Law Journal 11 (December 1, 1989): S29.
  • “Don’t Throw It All Away,” PLL Perspectives 3 (September-October 1991): 10–11.
  • “The Evolution of Law Firm Libraries: A Preliminary History” (with Jill Sidford). In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, Laura N. Gasaway and Michael G. Chiorazzi, eds., 77–109. AALL Publication Series No. 52. Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.
  • Introduction to International Business Law: Legal Transactions in a Global Economy, Gitelle Seer and Maria Smolka-Day, eds. New York: Oceana Publications, 1996.
  • “Technology and Law Firm Library Design,” Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 8 (January-February 1997): 4–6.
  • “Special Library Financial Management: The Essentials of Library Budgeting,” Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances 13, no. 4 (2000): 186–93.
  • “10 Things You Hate to Hear,” ABA Law Practice Quarterly 2 (August 2001): 20–22.
  • “Good Times (No) Riches… with Apologies to Jimmy Buffett,” Law Library Journal 93 (2001): 577–79.
  • “No Pain, No Gain: Stretching the Library Dollar,” Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances 17, no. 1 (2004): 10–14.
  • “Email: Boon or Bane?” PLL Perspectives 15 (Winter 2004): 5–6.
  • “Law Library Management” (with Camille Broussard and Ralph Monaco). In Law Librarianship in the Digital Age, edited by Ellyssa Kroski. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2014.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Ellen Kaufman, “Visions of the Future—Gitelle Seer: Twenty-Two Years of Service to LLAGNY,” Law Lines 14 (May 1990): 14.
  • “LLAGNY Members Reminisce About Gitelle Seer,” Law Lines 35 (Spring 2012): 8–10.
  • Katrina M. Miller, “Gallagher Award Celebrates Outstanding Achievement: Richard A Danner, Karl T. Gruben, and Gitelle Seer Recognized for Service to the Profession,” AALL Spectrum 21 (July/August 2017): 42–44.

Professional Positions

  • Assistant Librarian, Dewey Ballantine LLP, New York City, 1969–73
  • Assistant Librarian, Coudert Brothers, New York City, 1974–76 (part-time)
  • Associate Librarian, Dewey Ballantine LLP, New York City, 1976–79
  • Director of Library & Research Services, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (formerly Dewey Ballantine LLP), New York City, 1979–2011
  • Senior Librarian Consultant, Visionary Information Solutions, 2012–present


  • B.A., Hunter College, 1967
  • M.S., Columbia University School of Library Service, 1968

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Member, Westlaw Advisory Board, 1990–92
  • Coordinator, Mead Data Central Conference on Teaching Legal and Factual Research, 1990
  • Co-Chair, Practising Law Institute Law Library Annual Programs, 1999–2009
  • Member, New York Law Institute Advisory Board, 2008–11