Category Archives: Awards

Congratulations ALL-SIS Award and Grant winners!

Congratulations to this year’s ALL-SIS Award and Grant winners!!

ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award
Douglas W. Lind (Southern Illinois University Law Library) for A Bibliography of Littleton’s Tenures as an Archetype for the Study of Early English Legal Printing, 37 LEGAL REF. SERV. Q. 38 (2018).

Douglas Lind 

ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award
I-Wei Wang (UC Berkeley Law Library)

I-Wei Wang 

ALL-SIS Publication Award
Mike Widener (Lillian Goldman Library, Yale Law School) & Christopher Platts (Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, University of Connecticut, Avery Point), for their exhibition catalogue Representing the Law in the Most Serene Republic: Images of Authority from Renaissance Venice which explores how the Venetian Republic – a prosperous and powerful state in early modern Europe – cultivated a mythical image of stability, liberty, and beauty.

Mike Widener and Christopher Platts 

Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship
Anne Klinefelter (Kathrine R. Everett Law Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Anne Klinefelter

ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant
Deborah Heller (Pace Law Library, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University)

Deborah Heller

ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant
Ashley Sundin (Chastek Library, Gonzaga University School of Law)

Ashley Sundin 

Michelle Penn (The Maloney Library, Fordham University School of Law)

Michelle Penn 



2019 Research and Scholarship Grant awarded to Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

The ALL-SIS Research & Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, assistant professor with San José State University School of Information, is the recipient of the 2019 Research & Scholarship Grant for her proposed project: Examination of Cultural Intelligence within Academic Law Librarians.

Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

Dr. Villagran will examine the cultural intelligence in academic law librarians in order to understand the perspective of these librarians and to help them better serve their stakeholders. The mixed-methods research will be conducted in two phases and include a web-based survey and focus groups. The following research questions will be examined within the study: (a) What is the overall level of and any variations among the four dimensions of cultural intelligence of participating academic law librarians?, (b) What viewpoints do the academic law librarians have about the value and importance of cultural intelligence within their organizations?, and (c) How can academic law librarians best serve the information needs of their patrons through use of cultural intelligence? Dr. Villagran will present and publish her research findings to share with the law librarian community.

ALL-SIS Grant Applications & Award Nominations Due March 1, 2019

Thinking of attending the 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.?  ALL-SIS members can apply for a number of grants towards attending the Annual Meeting.  They include the Active Member Stimulus Grant, Regular Member Stimulus Grant, and CONELL Grant.


Nominations are also due for ALL-SIS Awards.  These are: Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, Publication Award, Outstanding Article Award, and Outstanding Service Award.

Please note that the deadline for ALL-SIS grant applications and award nominations is March 1, 2019.  More information on these grants and awards can be found here.



AALL Leadership Academy Grant Recipients

As chair of the ALL-SIS Awards Committee, it is my pleasure to announce the recipients of the AALL Leadership Academy grants:

Susan Gaultier, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, Louisiana State University

Benjamin Keele, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Indiana University – Indianapolis

Austin Williams,  Assistant Law Library Director, North Carolina Central University


ALL-SIS Grant Available for Research and Scholarship – Apply by February 8, 2016

Do you have a great idea for a research project, but need funding to help you get it completed? ALL-SIS can help! Grants are available for amounts of $250 to up to $2000 to fund intellectually significant research. If there is more than one accepted grantee, the maximum yearly grant of $2000 will be split among the recipients. If you are a member of  ALL-SIS, submit your proposal BY FEBRUARY 8, 2016. The submission criteria and the grant application are available from the ALL-SIS Research and Scholarship Committee. Proposals should be sent to Ashley Krenelka Chase at This is a terrific opportunity to get some needed help and contribute to our ongoing scholarly discussions.


Susan Nevelow Mart
Associate Professor and Director of the Law Library
University of Colorado Law School
Wm. A. Wise Law Library
Boulder CO

ALL-SIS 2015 Award and Annual Meeting Grant Recipients

The ALL-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 ALL-SIS Awards and Annual Meeting Grants.  We look forward to honoring this distinguished group in person at the ALL-SIS Awards Ceremony and Reception which will be held on Sunday, July 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm.


  • Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship: Blair S. Kauffman, Law Library Director and Professor of Law, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library
  • The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award:  James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson, & Caroline Osborne, The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, Edison 2015-03A,
  • The ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award: Merle J. Slyhoff, Collection Development Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Biddle Law Library


  • Active Member Stimulus Grant:  Susan David deMaine, Research & Instruction Librarian, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Ruth Lilly Law Library, & I-Wei Wang, Reference Librarian, University of California Law School, Boalt Hall Library
  • Regular Member Stimulus Grant: Karen Selden, Metadata Services Librarian, University of Colorado Law School
  • CONELL Grant:  Grace Lee, Law Library Intern, University of Washington School of Law, Gallagher Law Library


Kathy Darvil
ALL-SIS Awards Committee Chair

Kathleen Darvil
Access Services and Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School Library
Brooklyn NY

ALL-SIS AALL Management Institute Grant

ALL-SIS is pleased to offer a $1000 grant to an ALL-SIS member to attend the AALL 2015 Management Institute. The ALL-SIS Awards Committee invites applications for the grant from ALL-SIS members who have not received or used any ALL-SIS grants in the past. Preference will be given to newer managers who are active participants in the ALL-SIS, AALL, and/or AALL Chapters.

The deadline for submission of the grant application is Monday, December 15, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific Time.

Details on all the awards and grants, including the nomination and application procedures, can be found at

Kathleen Darvil
Access Services and Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School Library
Brooklyn NY