Distinguished Lectureship Award

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The AALL Distinguished Lectureship is an opportunity for members with a unique perspective on the history, practice, or philosophy of law librarianship to share their knowledge and expertise with other members in a prestigious setting. The lecture, which can be on a topic of the individual's own choosing, will be presented at the annual meeting and published in the Law Library Journal.

Selection Process:

The Distinguished Lectureship Award Jury will select the recipient of the Distinguished Lectureship Award should qualified candidates be identified. Any member of AALL may offer nominations using the prescribed procedure; nominees from earlier award cycles may also be considered at the discretion of the jury. Prior consent of the nominee at the time of nomination is encouraged but not required: no award shall be given, however, without consent of the recepient. The deadline for nominations is December 1. The lecture will be given at the following AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. 

Selection Criteria:

  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of the Association who has made a substantial contribution to its work.
  • The nominee must have been active for a sufficient number of years to have acquired a broad perspective on law librarianship and must possess the qualities required to articulate his or her experiences and ideas.
  • The nominee will be selected for speaking style, preeminence in the subject area, and willingness to commit significant time and energy to prepare for the lecture.

Application Information:

Download Distinguished Lectureship Nomination Form

Nominations must be received by AALL no later than December 1 of each year. The Distinguished Lectureship Award Jury will review the nominations and make the final decision regarding the recipient of the award. Each nominee shall be considered individually and confidentially and will be judged according to the criteria listed above. The jury will complete its deliberations and the selection process by December 15. The lecture will take place at the AALL convention in July of the following year. The award may be presented annually, but there is no requirement that the award be given each year. For more information, please contact Distinguished Lectureship Award Jury Chair, Kristina Alayan.

Please email the nomination form and supporting documentation to:

American Association of Law Libraries
AALL Distinguished Lectureship
105 W. Adams Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60603-6225

Phone: (312) 205-8012
Fax: (312) 205-8013
Email: pdavidson@aall.org

(Please include Email Subject Line: AALL Distinguished Lectureship)

Award Presentation

The award shall be presented during the AALL Annual Meeting, and it will be given in name of the Association. The timing of the lecture at the annual meeting will be determined by the AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Previous Winners:

2014: Richard Danner, Rufty Research Professor of Law & Senior Associate Dean for Information Services, Duke University, Durham, NC. Lecture Presented at 2014 AALL Annual Meeting: What We Know and How We Think About It

2013: Michael G. Chiorazzi, Director and Professor of Law, University of Arizona, James E Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ. Lecture Presented at 2013 AALL Annual Meeting: Training the Next Generation of Law Librarians — The Past as Prologue

2012: Anne Klinefelter, Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law, Kathrine R. Everett Law Library, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC. Lecture Presented at 2012 AALL Annual Meeting: Should Librarians Retire the Privacy Ethic?

2011: Jolande E. Goldberg, Senior Cataloging Specialist, Policy and Standards Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Lecture Presented at 2011 AALL Annual Meeting: De arte et de jurisprudentia: Some Aspects of Legal Iconography