Karl T. Gruben, 1951 – 2016

Hall of Fame Induction: 2017

Significant AALL Service

  • President, Houston Area Law Librarians, 1983–84
  • Co-Director, AALL Institute, “Our National Resources,” July 1986
  • AALL Secretary, 1999–2002
  • AALL Executive Board, 2002–03
  • Member, AALL Centennial Celebration Special Committee, 2003–06
  • Chair, Special Committee on AALL Committee Structure, 2006–08

Professional Honors and Awards

  • AALL Presidential Certificate of Appreciation, 2008
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2017
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2017

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Assisting the Lawyer in Legal Research.” In Practical Skills for Paralegals, 1–66. IED Legal, Inc., 1978.
  • “An Annotated Bibliography of Texas Practice Materials,” Law Library Journal 74 (1981): 87–100 (with Linda Phillip).
  • A Reference Guide to Texas Law and Legal History: Sources and Documentation. 2nd ed. Austin, TX: Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1987 (with James E. Hambleton).
  • Parker’s Texas Business Statutes and Securities Rules. Karl T. Gruben, ed. Carlsbad, CA: Parker & Son, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996.
  • Parker’s Texas Uniform Commercial Code. Karl T. Gruben, ed. Carlsbad, CA: Parker & Son, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996.
  • “Law Firm Collection Development and Acquisitions.” In Law Librarianship: A Handbook for the Electronic Age, edited by Patrick E. Kehoe, Lovisa Lyman, and Gary Lee McCann, 167–77. AALL Publication Series No. 47. Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1995.
  • “Update on Proposed Bylaws Revisions,” AALL Spectrum 4 (September 1999): 1.
  • “How Do I Stay Interested?” In “Paul M. George, ed., “Care and Maintenance of the Successful Career: How Experienced Law Librarians Make Their Work Rewarding,” Law Library Journal 93 (2001): 561–65.
  • “What is Johnny Doing in the Library? Libraries, the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act, and Its Amendments,” St. Thomas Law Review 19 (2006): 297–328.
  • “Working at the Law Library: A Practical Guide.” In Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Roy Balleste, Sonia Luna-Lamas, and Lisa Smith-Butler, 15–44. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007.
  • “Working at the Law Library: A Practical Guide.” In Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Roy Balleste, Sonia Luna-Lamas, and Lisa Smith-Butler, 15–44. 2d ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2014.
  • “Library Director as Counselor and Mediator” (with Kristy L. Gilliland). In Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights, edited by Michelle M. Wu, 111–42. AALL Publication Series No. 77. Buffalo, NY: Williams S. Hein & Co., 2015.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Karl Gruben, “A Texas Rube Travels to Boston,” in Frank G. Houdek, comp., “Stories of My First Annual Meeting,” Law Library Journal 88 (1996): 43–45.
  • 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

  • Catalog/Reference Librarian, Texas State Law Library, 1975–77
  • Librarian, Vinson & Elkins, Houston, 1977–94
  • Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law, 1990–92
  • Director of Firm Libraries, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, 1994–2001
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston School of Law, 1994–95
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Texas Graduate School of Information, Austin, 2000–02
  • Practice Information Support Director, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP, Cleveland, 2002–04
  • Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, St. Thomas University Law School, Miami Gardens Florida, 2004–2009
  • Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, Professor of Law, and Director of the Legal Research Center, University of San Diego, 2009–16

Education

  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1973
  • M.L.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1974
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1982

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Captain, U.S. Air Force Reserve, 1974–97
  • Admitted to the practice of Law, Texas, 1982
  • Member, Westlaw Advisory Board, 1987–92
  • Member, Steering Committee, Texas Conference on Libraries and Information Service, 1989–91
  • Member, Executive Board, Texas Library Association, 1993–96
  • Member, Southeast Florida Library and Information Network, 2004–09
  • Member, Thomson/West Academic Advisory Board, 2007–10
  • Member, Executive Committee, Section of Law Libraries, American Association of Law Schools, 2009–10