Harry S. Bitner, 1916 – 2001

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • President, Law Library Association of Greater New York, 1952–53
  • Executive Board, 1953–56
  • Chair, Placement Committee, 1958–61
  • President-Elect, 1962–63
  • President, 1963–64
  • Chair, Headquarters Operation Committee, 1965–66, 1967–69
  • Chair, Constitution and By-Laws Committee, 1974–75

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award, 1971
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1989
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Inexpensive Justice: The English Experience,” University of Kansas City Law Review 11 (1942–43): 87–108.
  • “The Educational Background of the University’s Law Librarian,” Law Library Journal 40 (1947): 49–61.
    Effective Legal Research: A Practical Manual of Law Books and Their Use. Boston: Little, Brown, 1953 (with Miles O. Price).
  • “The Libraries of the Department of Justice,” Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 112–19.
    Effective Legal Research. Student ed., rev. Boston: Little, Brown, 1962 (with Miles O. Price).
  • Law Books Recommended for Libraries, editor, 10 vols. South Hackensack, N.J.: Fred B. Rothman, 1967–74.
  • Effective Legal Research. 3d ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969 (with Miles O. Price).
  • “Miles O. Price—Teacher and Friend,” Law Library Journal 62 (1969): 9–10.
  • Effective Legal Research. 4th ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1979 (with Miles O. Price and Shirley R. Bysiewicz).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Claire M. Germain, “Remembering Harry Bitner: Law Librarian, Professor, and Wonderful Colleague,” Law Library Journal 94 (2002): 188–92.
  • Morris L. Cohen, “Harry Bitner: A Memorial,” Law Library Journal 94 (2002): 193–95.
  • “Remembrances of Harry Bitner,” Law Library Journal 94 (2002): 196–205.
  • Crystal Hackett, “Bibliography of Harry Bitner,” Law Library Journal 94 (2002): 206–08.
  • Julia Vinson, “Fostering the Profession of Law: The Lifetime Achievements of Harry Bitner,” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 29 (2010): 85–100.

Professional Positions

  • Law Librarian, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1939–42
  • Instructor in Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1942–43
  • Reference Law Librarian, University of Pennsylvania, 1946
  • Associate Law Librarian, Columbia University, 1946–54, 1978–81
  • Librarian, United States Department of Justice, 1954–57
  • Law Librarian, Yale University, 1957–65
  • Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Cornell University, 1965–75
  • Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, 1976–2001
  • Director of Bibliographical Services, Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1976–77
  • Legal Bibliographer, Columbia University, 1978–81

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1939
  • B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1941
  • B.S.L.S., University of Illinois, 1942

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

  • Director, Library Studies Project, Association of American Law Schools, 1967–?