Danner receives American Association of Law Libraries Distinguished Lectureship Award

July 11, 2014Duke Law News

Dean Richard Danner

Richard A. Danner, Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Information Services, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Lectureship Award winner by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

Danner gave his lecture, “What We Know and How We Think About It,” at AALL’s Annual Meeting & Conference, July 12-15 in San Antonio, Texas. The presentation considered the origins of professional knowledge in law librarianship and examined how it is found and developed, with a focus on the early history of modern academic law libraries in the late nineteenth century.

"I am honored to receive the 2014 AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award, both because of the opportunity to address my professional colleagues at the annual meeting and because it allows me to join the previous recipients, all of whom are friends and colleagues for whom I have the highest respect,” Danner said.

The Distinguished Lectureship Award is given each year to an AALL member with a unique perspective on the history, practice or philosophy of law librarianship. The recipient chooses the topic for the lecture, which is also published in the Law Library Journal.

Danner is also one of AALL’s 2014 Hall of Fame Award recipients. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes AALL members who have made significant, substantial and long-standing contributions to law librarianship—such as writing beneficial publications, working with outside organizations, or serving as an exceptional role model for others in the field.

AALL, which has more than 5,000 members, represents law librarians affiliated with law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, courts, and local, state, and federal government agencies.