1997 – Richard Amelung

Richard C. Amelung, Professor of Legal Research and Head of Technical Services, Law Library, Saint Louis University was the 1997 recipient of the Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship.

Since 1980, Richard has actively fostered technical services law librarianship at the local, chapter, regional, and national level. He was the chief coordinator for the Mid-America Law School Libraries Consortium CD-ROM union catalog (1988-1992), which provides access to the holdings for 18 Midwestern law school libraries. He continues to coordinate four LLMC Major Microform Cataloging Projects, contributing cataloging copy to OCLC for nineteenth-century legal treatises on international law, canon law, civil law, and Native American legal materials. These records are used by the law cataloging community throughout the world. Richard pioneered cooperative cataloging ventures with the Library of Congress’ Program for Cooperative Cataloging, including NACO (name authorities), SACO (subject authorities), BIBCO (bibliographic records) and CONSER (serials records). His advocacy for cataloging excellence resulted in the first NACO training for law catalogers at LC prior to the Baltimore Annual Meeting.

Regina Wallen
Stanford University

From: Technical Services Law Librarian, vol. 23, no. 1 (September 1997).

*Photograph taken July 23, 2002 during AALL Annual Meeting.