Long-Time Member Profile -- Carol Avery Nicholson -- AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS)

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TS-SIS Long-Time Member Profile:
Carol Avery Nicholson

Place And Date Of Birth

1951, Montgomery, WV.

Educational Background

  • B.A. - Hampton Institute, 1973, Major: History
  • A.M.L.S - University of Michigan, 1973 (December)


Book Club, walking, church Membership and activities, professional association activities..

Inspiration For Becoming A Law Librarian

I like law and politics. My late father was my source of inspiration (by the examples that he set). I’ve had several mentors including Lolly Gasaway, Tim Coggins and Linda Davis.

Current Position Challenges

Electronic resources management and the impact that increasing reliance on electronic resources will have on technical services staffing and workflows in general.

Prior Positions/Employment

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kathrine R. Everett Law Library. Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
    • Assistant Director for Technical Services. 1995-
    • Technical Services Librarian 1985-1995.
    • Head of Cataloging Services. 1982-1985.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Services, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Guest lecturer, Law Libraries and Legal Resources technical services section. 1988-
  • North Carolina Central University, School of Law Library, Durham, North Carolina. Head of Cataloging Department. 1980-1982
  • Government Documents Librarian. 1978-1980.
  • Duke University, Perkins Library, Durham, North Carolina
    • Monographic Cataloger. 1974-1978.
    • Reference Librarian. 1976-1978. (dual appointment)

'Crazy' Non-Professional Activity

Catching a bee in my hand when I was a child. (Yes, it stung me!)

Life's Passion

I should say that it is my family, but I’m really like being involved in professional association work. (I only listed AALL related activities above, there’s more…)

Earliest Childhood Memory

Playing with doll’s with my cousin.

Where In Five Years?

My crystal ball is foggy, but hopefully I will be healthy, happy and leading an active life.


  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), member, 1982-present.
    • Immediate Past-President, 2003-2004;
    • President, 2002-2003;
    • Vice-President/President Elect, 2001-2002.
    • AALL Executive Board, 2001-2004 and 1995-1998. As member of Executive Board have served on Finance and Budget Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Board Governance Committee, Executive Director Search Committee and Ad Hoc Committee on Chapter Relations; serve as Board liaison to various AALL standing committees and represented the Executive Board with related organizations including foreign and international law library associations, law-related organizations; and at various regional chapter meetings. 
    • George Strait Scholarship Fundraising Committee, Ex Officio, 2002-2005;
    •  Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Editorial Board and Advisory Committee, 2000-2001; 
    • Professional Development Committee, 
    • 1998-2000; Special Committee to Promote the Development of Resources for the Legal Information Community, 
    • 1994-96; AALL Executive Director Search Committee, 
    • 1993; Committee on Minorities, 1991-93, Chair, 
    • 1992-93; Member, Nominations Committee, 
    • 1987-1990; Advisory Committee on Indexing Legal Periodical Literature, 
    • 1986-90. Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section, 1987- Chair, 1988-89, Executive Board, 
    • 1990-91; Technical Services Special Interest Section, 1985- Served on various committees of both Special Interest Sections, currently Chair, TS-SIS Serials Committee, 2005-7
    • Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section, 2000-
  • Southeastern Chapter, American Association of Law Libraries, member, 1982- present.
    • NominationsCommittee Service to SEAALL Award, 2005-2007Chair, 2006-07, 2000-01;
    • Service To SEAALL Committee, 2006-07;
    • 1995-96; Local Arrangements Committee,
    • 2005-06; President,
    • 1994-95.; Vice-President/Program Chair,
    • 1993-94. Committee member: Education and Public Relations, 1997-98; Scholarship, Chair, 1999-2000, 1996-97 & 1985-86; Program, 1990-91; Placement, 1991-92; Publications, 1986-89.
    • American Bar Association Law Libraries Committee, 2003-2006


  • Recipient, Service to SEAALL Award, 2006;


  • Carol has been a speaker at AALL, SEAALL and other library programs; she has written several articles and edited the Law Library Systems Directory, 2nd edition, a looseleaf published in the AALL Publication Series by Fred B. Rothman Publications, 2000.
  • She now is a joint author of the soon-to-be published Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in AALL, also published by Rothman.