Barbara A. Bintliff, 1953–

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2012

Significant AALL Service

President, Colorado Association of Law Libraries, 1982
President, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, 1987–88, 1991–92
Chair, Council of Chapter Presidents, 1988–89
Chair, Representative's Handbook Committee, 1989–90
Chair, Scholarships Committee, 1990–91
Chair, Nominations Committee, 1993
Chair, Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section, 1994–95
Member, Task Force on Composition of the Executive Board, 1994–96
Co-Chair, Conference on Newer Law Librarians (CONELL), 1995–96
Chair, Special Committee on Publications Policy, 1997–98
Co-Chair, Special Committee on Publications Policy, 1998–99
Chair, Research Committee, 1999–2000
AALL Vice President/President-Elect, 2000–01
AALL President, 2001–02
AALL Immediate Past President, 2002–03
Representative to American Bar Association Council of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 2008–11

Professional Honors and Awards

21st Annual Austin W. Scott, Jr. Lecturer, University of Colorado School of Law, October 17, 1996
Distinguished Alumnus for the College of the Sciences, Central Washington University, 2000
Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Service Award, 2001
Clifford Calhoun Public Service Award, University of Colorado School of Law, 2002
Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, 2005
AALL Presidential Certificate of Merit, 2006
AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award, 2007 (with Georgia Briscoe)
Robert L. Stearns Award, University of Colorado Alumni Association, 2008
AALL Presidential Certificate of Appreciation, 2010
Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Washington School of Information, 2012
AALL Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award, 2012
AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2012

Selected Publications by the Inductee

"Statutes of Limitations for Court Actions in Colorado," Colorado Lawyer 12 (1983): 895–912.
"Statutes of Limitations for Court Actions in Colorado—Part 2 and Update," Colorado Lawyer 12 (1983): 1755–69.
"Legal Aspects of Library Security." In Security for Libraries, Marvine Brand, ed., 83–107. Chicago: American Library Association, 1984 (with Al Coco).
"Auto-Cite and Insta-Cite: The Race to Update Case Histories," Colorado Lawyer 15 (1986): 1675–79.
"Introducing CD-ROMS into a Law Library: Administrative Issues and Concerns," Law Library Journal 84 (1992): 725–40.
"Salary Equity: A Case Study," College and Research Libraries 54 (1993): 33–41 (with J. McConkey, et al.).
"A Jurisdictional History of the Colorado Courts," University of Colorado Law Review 65 (1994): 577–630.
"copyright@help!: Copyright and Library Internet Use," Colorado Libraries 21 (1996): 20–24.
"From Creativity to Computerese: Thinking Like a Lawyer in the Computer Age," Law Library Journal 88 (1996): 338–51.
"Four Mentors and a Role Model," Law Library Journal 91 (1999): 193–95.
"Why is Web Searching So Unpredictable?" Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 7 (1999): 84–86.
"Selected Law-Related Internet Sources." In Fundamentals of Legal Research, Roy M. Mersky and Donald J. Dunn, eds., App. G. 8th ed. N.Y.: Foundation Press, 2002. [Included as Appendix E in Legal Research Illustrated, Roy Mersky and Donald Dunn, eds. 8th ed. N.Y.: Foundation Press, 2002.]
Colorado Legal Resources: An Annotated Bibliography. Chicago: American Association of Law Libraries, 2004. (AALL Occasional Papers, No. 3-64) (with Robert C. Richards, Jr.).
"The Ethics of Electronic Record Sharing," AALL Spectrum 10 (June 2006) 15–17.
"Colorado Prestatehood Legal Resources: Sixteenth Century to 1876." In Prestatehood Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Research Guide, Including New York City and the District of Columbia, Michael Chiorazzi and Marguerite Most, eds., chapter 6. N.Y.: Haworth Information Press, 2006.
"Rebuilding the Profession: Recommendations for Librarians Interested in Becoming Academic Law Library Directors," Law Library Journal 99 (2007): 108–11, 119–22 (with Gasaway et al.). [Reprinted in Beyond the Books: People, Politics and Librarianship, Leslie Lee and Michelle Wu, eds., chapter 12. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 2008.]
"Public Services in Law Libraries: Evolution and Innovation in the 21st Century," Legal Reference Services Quarterly 26, no. 1–2 (2007) (co-edited with Lee Peoples). [Reprinted as Public Services in Law Libraries: Evolution and Innovation in the 21st Century, Lee Peoples, co-editor. Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Information Press, 2008.]
"Starting on the Right Track in Your First Library Job." In Beyond the Books: People, Politics and Librarianship, Leslie Lee and Michelle Wu, eds., chapter 1. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 2008.
"Context and Legal Research," Law Library Journal 99 (2007): 249–66. [Reprinted in Legal Information and the Development of American Law, Richard A. Danner and Frank G. Houdek, eds. St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2008.]
"Academic Freedom Issues for Academic Librarians," Legal Reference Services Quarterly 25, no. 4 (2007): 13–35.
"The Roles and Status of the Academic Law Library Director." In The Law School Librarian’s Role as an Educator. Boston, Mass.: Aspatore, 2008.
"Teaching Legal Research," Legal Reference Services Quarterly 28, nos. 1–2 & 3–4 (2009) (co-edited with Duncan Alford). [Reprinted as Teaching Legal Research, Duncan Alford, co-editor. London; New York: Routledge, 2011.]
Colorado Legal Research: Primary Source Materials (electronic lesson). Chicago: Center for Computer Assisted Legal Information, 2008–present (with Alicia Brillon, Alan Pannell and Jane Thompson).
"Legal Research: MacCrate’s ‘Fundamental Lawyering Skill’ Missing in Action." Pts. 1 and 2. Legal Reference Services Quarterly 28, no. 1–2 (2009): 1–7; 28, no. 3–4 (2009): 179–80.
Fundamentals of Legal Research. 10th ed. St. Paul, MN: Foundation Press, 2015 (with Steven M. Barkan & Mary Whisner).
“‘Nowhere to Run; Nowhere to Hide’: The Reality of Being a Law Library Director in Times of Great Opportunity and Significant Challenges,” Law Library Journal 107 (2015): 79–112 (with Aranas et al.).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Frank G. Houdek, "Barbara A. Bintliff," in "AALL History Through the Eyes of its Presidents," Law Library Journal (2006): 299, 340–43.
Margaret K. Maes, "Entering the Hall of Fame: AALL Honors Bintliff, Chiorazzi, Hein, and Surrency for Professional Leadership," AALL Spectrum 16 (July 2012): 16–17.
Barbara A. Bintliff, Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Michelle Wu, July 15, 2013, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.

Professional Positions

Law Clerk and Firm Librarian, Gaddis & Fox (Seattle), 1978–79
Reference Librarian/Technical Services Coordinator, University of Denver, 1979–84
Legal Consultant, National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO), 1980
Assistant Librarian/Instructor, University of Colorado, 1984–86
Associate Director/Senior Instructor, University of Colorado, 1986–89
Acting Director, University of Colorado, 1988–89
Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado, 1989–2001
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of Colorado, 2001–10
Visiting Professor, University of Washington Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2006
Visiting Professor, Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China, 2009
Director of the Tarlton Law Library/Jamail Center for Legal Research, and Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law, University of Texas, 2010–present


B.A., Central Washington State College, 1975
J.D., University of Washington, 1978
M.L.L. (Masters in Law Librarianship), University of Washington, 1979

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to the practice of Law, Washington, 1979; Colorado, 1983
Member, Committee on Libraries, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), 1990–93
Member, Committee on Libraries, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 1995–98
Associate editor, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, 1999–present
Member, Accreditation Site Evaluation Teams, ABA, 1994–2011
Member, Working Group on Public Services, National Indian Law Library, 2000–10
Member, American Law Institute, 2001–present
Member, Committee on Sections and Annual Meeting, AALS, 2003–06
AALS Reporter, ABA Site Evaluation Team, 2006
Member, Curriculum Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 2007–12
Member, Committee on Professional Development, AALS, 2008–09
Reporter, Drafting Committee for Uniform Authentication of Electronic State Legal Materials Act, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 2009–11
Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2011
Chair, Section on Law Libraries, Association of American Law Schools, 2011–12