One of the most important roles of the American Association of Law Libraries is to provide quality professional development opportunities for its members. To recognize significant achievements in designing outstanding professional development programs for its members (and other librarians) and to reward chapters for performing well in this endeavor, the American Association of Law Libraries Career Development Taskforce created awards focusing on educational programming. One Professional Development Award recognizes a chapter that excels at designing a comprehensive quality professional development program, up to one year in length. A second Professional Development Award recognizes a chapter for a single quality program or workshop of one-half day in length or more.
Eligible chapter programs are those that have been conducted during the calendar year prior to the February 1 awards deadline. Recipients of the awards may be any AALL chapter as represented by officers of that chapter.
Administration Of The Award
The Chapter Professional Development Awards is administered by the AALL Chapter Professional Development Award Jury. The Chapter Professional Development Award Jury shall: advertise the awards; solicit nominations for the awards; review the nominations; make the final decisions; notify the winners; and handle subsequent publicity activities and any miscellaneous tasks that arise in the administration of the awards.
- The extent to which a professional development program significantly improves an AALL chapter member's knowledge of his/her job skills or improves an AALL chapter member's knowledge of a broad or narrow area of law. (As measured by the compilation of program evaluations and comments)
- The extent to which a program advances the AALL Competencies for Law Librarians
- The extent to which a program achieves the learning objectives of the program presenters.
- A professional development program that introduces an AALL chapter member to a new or changed area of law or law librarianship.
- The extent to which the qualifications/training of the instructors significantly contribute to the quality of a program.
- A professional development program which applies principles of adult education and/or unique learning methodologies in its format.
- The extent to which the quality of the handouts/written documentation of a program enhances the learning experience.
In order to assist the Chapter Professional Development Award Jury in evaluating how well a program meets the above criteria, the chapter must include a summary of the attendees' evaluation forms for the program or copies of all the actual attendees' evaluation forms and copies of announcements, brochures, hand-outs and speakers' biographies.
Please email the nomination form and supporting documentation to Marie Summerlin Hamm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations may be submitted by chapter members, a Chapter officer, the Chapter president acting on behalf of the Chapter's executive board or any program attendee.
Click here to download the Nomination Form
The Chapter Professional Development Award Jury will review the nominations and make a final decision on which chapters will receive the awards. Each nominee shall be considered individually and confidentially and will be judged according to the criteria listed above. To ensure confidentiality, contact with members of AALL other than the person(s) nominating, other Chapter Professional Development Award Jury members should be avoided.
Frequency and number of awards: Either or both Award(s) may be presented annually, but there is no requirement that either Award be given each year.
Deadline for nominations: Nominations must be submitted no later than February 1 of each year, to allow the committee sufficient time to complete its deliberations and to complete the administrative aspects of the award.
The award shall be presented during the AALL Annual Meeting. It will be given in the name of the Association and will consist of an appropriate memorial to honor the chapter's achievements.
Comprehensive Chapter Professional Development Award
Recognizes a chapter that excelled at designing a comprehensive qual-ity professional development program, up to one year in length.
2005: Minnesota Association of Law Libraries (MALL), Locating Legal Information on the Web
2002: Law Librarians of New England (LLNE), Introduction to Legal Research
One-Time Chapter Professional Development Award
Given to a chapter for a single quality program or workshop of one-half day or more.
2017: Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL), October 14, 2016, Workshop, Hot or Not: You Be the Judge
2016: Law Librarians of New England (LLNE), Successfully Supporting & Igniting Innovation
2015: San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL), 2015 SANDALL Winter Institute, Authenticating Electronic Legal Materials: UELMA & Beyond, San Diego, CA
2014: Law Libraries Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY), LLAGNY 75th Anniversary Education Conference
2013: Law Library Association of Maryland (LLAM), Full Disclosure: Librarians Sharing Best Practices
2012: Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL), Winds of Change: Where the Legal Industry is Going and How to Harness the Power of Opportunity
2011: Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW), The Strength of Change
2010: Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL), Clearing the Economic Fog: Understanding the Issues and Moving Forward in the Economic Crisis
2009: Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS), Librarians Mean Business: Lessons from the Boardroom
2008: Colorado Association of Law Libraries (COALL), Spotlight on Your Career: Communication
2007: Colorado Association of Law Libraries (COALL), Spotlight on Your Career
2005: Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL), NOCALL 2004 Spring Institute – Navigating the Seven C's
2004: Law Librarians Society of Washington, D.C., Inc. (LLSDC), Legal Research Institute – 2003
2003: Virginia Association of Law Libraries (VALL), Exploring Connections at VALL – 2002
2002: Colorado Association of Law Libraries (COALL), As We Enter the New Millennium…