Carolyn P. Ahearn, 1950–

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

Significant AALL Service

President, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., 1982–83, 1998–99
AALL Executive Board, 1985–88
AALL President-Elect, 1990–91
AALL President, 1991–92
AALL Immediate Past President, 1992–93
Co-Director, AALL Paraprofessional Forum, 1999
Member, Member Recognition Special Committee, 2008–09
Co-Chair, Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section Training Program, 2009–10

Professional Honors and Awards

Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2013
AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2013

Selected Publications by the Inductee

"The Relocation of a Law-Firm Library, National Law Journal 7 (Jan. 28, 1985): 14 (with Susanne D. Thevenet and Kathie L. Weinberg).
"Formation of a Law Library," New York Law Journal 193 (Mar. 25, 1985): 29 (with Susanne D. Thevenet and Kathie L. Weinberg).
"Librarians Walk a Tightrope Between Tech and Law; Administration of Legal Libraries Requires Research Skills as Well as Computer Savvy," National Law Journal 22 (July 17, 2000): C4 (with Jeannine Coscia).
"The Right Way to Research: To Reach Your Destination, Ask the Right Questions, Make a Plan, and Know the Tools," Legal Times 26 (Sept. 29, 2003): 29.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Elizabeth L. Moore, "Recognizing the Outstanding: Carolyn P. Ahearn and Judy Meadows Receive the 2013 Marian Gould Gallagher Award." AALL Spectrum 17 (June 2013): 22.
Carolyn Ahearn, Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, July 15, 2013, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.

Professional Positions

Research Bibliographer, University of Pennsylvania, 1973–75
Assistant Librarian, Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin and Kahn, 1975–76
Librarian, Pierson, Ball and Dowd, 1976–79
Director of Library Services, Shaw, Pittman, Washington, D.C., 1979–96
Director of Library Services, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, D.C., 1996–2010
Interim Associate Dean of Information Services and Director of the Law Library, Hofstra University School of Law, 2010–11


B.A., Union College, 1972
M.S.L.S., Catholic University of America, 1973

Selected Professional Activities and Achievements (outside AALL)

Member, Law Librarianship Advisory Committee, Catholic University of America, School of Library and Information Science, 2008–present