FCIL Newsletter / October 1995
AALL Call for Papers
by Peter Schanck
University of Kansas Law Library
The AALL Call for Papers Committee seeks submission of papers
for its annual competition. The objectives of the contest are
threefold: 1) to promote scholarship among practicing law
librarians in areas of interest to the profession; 2) to provide
a creative outlet for law librarians and a forum for their
scholarly activities; and 3) to recognize the scholarly efforts
of established members, new members, and potential members of
The winners of the competition will be recognized during award
ceremonies at the closing banquet of the Annual Meeting.
Co-authors of winning papers will share the award. Winners are
given the opportunity to present the paper at the Annual Meeting
of the Association. The paper will be forwarded to the editor of
Law Library Journal for publication consideration.
Open Division: Current AALL members who have been members for
five or more years.
New Members Division: Current AALL members who have been
members of AALL for fewer than five years.
Student Division: Currently enrolled in library or a law
school. Students do not need to be members of AALL.
No paper which has been published or accepted for publication
will be eligible for consideration.
Papers must be original works. Papers submitted for courses
are acceptable provided they otherwise comply with the
requirements of this contest. The papers may address any subject
relevant to law librarianship. The papers may be scholarly or
practical in substance and tone; the subject should be explored
in depth with appropriate reference to sources and documentation
of assertions. Submissions for the Student Division should also
include a supporting letter from an instructor at the institution
at which the student is enrolled (preferably the supervising
faculty members for the paper).
Submissions will only be accepted in one division. To
encourage wider participation, authors may win only twice in the
same division (different years).
The papers must be double spaced with 1�-inch margins.
Citation and style must conform to the requirements outlined in
the author's guide for Law Library Journal.
Each submission must be accompanied by triplicate copies of a
cover letter describing the purpose of the paper and research
methodologies, a short abstract, and a completed application
form. Papers, applications, cover letters, abstracts (and
instructor's letters) must be submitted in triplicate to the name
and address noted on the application form.
Significance, originality, usefulness to law librarians,
analysis, depth of discussion, and comprehensiveness of
treatment: 50 percent.
Organization, manner of presentation, writing, and
readability: 30 percent.
Grammar, punctuation, citation form, satisfaction of
submission requirements (i.e., triplicate copies of abstract,
cover letter, supporting letter, paper, etc.): 20 percent.
To be eligible for an award, submitted papers, together with
all required supporting documents, must be postmarked by April
15, 1996, and received by April 22, 1996. All decisions of the
committee regarding eligibility will be final.
Papers will be reviewed by the Call for Papers Committee:
Peter Schanck, University of Kansas Law Library (chair); Edward
Benefiel, Phelps Dunbar; Katharine Ewing, CUNY Law School
Winning papers will be selected by April 30, 1966. A maximum
of three awards may be given in one division or a combination of
divisions. Preference will be given to awarding one prize in each
For further information about Call for Papers Competition,
Peter C. Schanck
University of Kansas School of Law Library
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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