Librarian Joe Thomas to Receive Chapman Award

| By: Susan Good

faculty_thomas This summer, at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries, Joseph Thomas, Head of Technical Services, will receive the Renee Chapman Award. Presented by the Technical Services Special Interest Section, the Renee Chapman Award is one of the most prestigious awards given out by any unit within the American Association of Law Libraries. It is a great testimony to Joe’s dedication to the Kresge Law Library and the larger law library profession.

Here is the announcement from the Awards Committee:

The TS-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship for 2008 is Joseph Thomas.

Joseph is Head of Technical Services at the Kresge Library, University of Notre Dame Law School. His many contributions to the field of technical
services law librarianship include:

  • 8 program presentations delivered since 1991 at the AALL annual conference as well as at other venues
  • 8 publications in addition to serving as editor of Technical Services Law Librarian and editor of the Miss Manager column for TSLL
  • Service on the AALL Annual Meeting Program Selection Committee, Chair of the AALL Price Index Advisory Committee, Chair of the Technical
    Services SIS, and on various SIS, chapter groups

The Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship is presented to an individual or group in recognition of extended and sustained distinguished service to technical services law librarianship and to AALL. Honorees may be recognized for achievement in a particular area of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, materials processing, preservation, automation, or technical services administration), for service to AALL, or for outstanding contributions to the professional literature. These achievements may include the publishing, presenting, or sharing of innovative techniques or research, analysis or commentary; the development of software, hardware, or other mechanisms that significantly enhance access to law library materials and collections; and the contribution of service to the Technical Services SIS as a whole.

For more information on the Chapman Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Technical Services Law Librarianship, visit the web site

For more information on Joe Thomas, visit his faculty profile page.