AALL 2017 Recap: Yemisi Dina & Thomas Mills win Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Awards!

The Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award is presented each year to members whose work furthers our mission, serves the entire FCIL-SIS, and inspires other to act. This year during the AALL 2017 Annual Meeting, Yemisi Dina and Thomas Mills received Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Awards.

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Yemisi Dina is an Associate Librarian and Head of Public Services at Osgoode Hall Law School Library in Toronto, Canada.  Yemisi currently serves as Chair of the African Law Interest Group and was responsible for proposing, coordinating, and moderating the FCIL-SIS sponsored program at this year’s Annual Meeting: Global Energy Law: Perspectives from North America and Africa.  Yemisi has published two research guides on the Globalex platform: one on Nigerian law and one on Caribbean law , based on her prior experience as a librarian in both Nigeria and the Bahamas. Additionally, Yemisi developed a project that digitizes and summarizes customary court decisions from Ibadan and Abeokuta, two major cities in South Western Nigeria.  These court decisions are not published in an official record, so Yemisi’s summaries provide one of the few means of access.  As many members may remember, Yemisi shared the results of her project at the jurisdictions IG joint meeting held during last year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. Thank you, Yemisi!  Congratulations!

 
millsThomas Mills, now the Director of the University of Notre Dame Law School Library, served with a team of consultants for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the summer of 2009, providing advice on how to archive materials on the genocide trials.  He has also served as Chair of the FCIL-SIS Strategic Planning Committee; Chair of the FCIL-SIS Pre-Conference Summit Task Force; a member of the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals committee; and a member of the indexing of periodical literature committee.  More recently he has worked as a member of the project team of Global Online Access to Legal Information(GOALI).  Congratulations, Thomas!

#AALL2016 Recap: The FCIL-SIS Newest Member and Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Awards

By Lucie Olejnikova

janetEach year the FCIL-SIS is proud to recognize its colleagues for their contributions to our profession. First, during our annual business meeting, one of our all-stars – Dan Wade – bestows the Newest FCIL Librarian Award on the ‘newest’ FCIL librarian member among us. This year, we are happy to recognize and welcome Janet Kearny, Cataloging and Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. Janet is a graduate of Tulane University Law School and is admitted to the Louisiana Bar. She focuses on legal research and technology, teaching research skills and ensuring access to electronic resources. Her research interests are in foreign and comparative law with a focus in civil law systems, the UK, and the EU. Janet is active in the New Orleans Association of Law Librarians and a Masters student in Library and Information Science.

Next, the current FCIL-SIS Chair recognizes colleagues – whose work furthers the FCIL-SIS mission, serves the entire membership, and inspires others to act – with the Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award. This year we were happy to recognize three wonderful colleagues in this category: Sherry Leysen, Evelyn Ma, and Alyson Drake.

SherrySherry Leysen is the Research and Instruction Librarian for Faculty at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in California. Prior to coming to Fowler School of Law, she was a reference librarian at the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington Law School and the Rains Law Library at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. At Chapman, Sherry offers reference services to all patrons and participates in teaching legal research. She has published in Legal Reference Quarterly, Law Library Journal, and in AALL Spectrum. Sherry has been an active member of many of the FCIL interest groups and most recently she served on and chaired the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarian Selection Committee. She has made sure our recipients have a steady liaison when they arrive in the United States. Her commitment to the spirit of this grant is evident and will be a great inspiration as she joins the FCIL Schaffer Grant Fundraising Committee. We thank her for her excellent service and continuous commitment to the overall mission of the FCIL-SIS.

evelynEvelyn Ma is the Reference Librarian for Foreign and International Law and Lecturer in Legal Research at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School. She has spoken domestically and internationally (i.e. 2009 Beijing Conference) and published in Law Library Journal on the Issues and Trends of Collection Development of East Asian Law in the US in 2013. Evelyn has been a long time leader of the FCIL Asian Law Interest Group ensuring continuous education opportunities for the group. She herself also presented on issues of access to Asia related resources, East Asian databases and open access materials, and ASEAN Integration on number of occasions. She embodies the FCIL spirit and we are pleased to thank her for her continuous service and never-ending enthusiasm.

alysonAlyson Drake is the Reference and Student Services Librarian at the Texas Tech University School of Law, where she also serves as the default FCIL librarian. Prior to joining Texas Tech, she worked at the University of South Carolina where she taught a variety of legal research classes. Alyson currently chairs the European Law Interest Group and she is stepping up to become co-chair of the Publicity Committee with Susan. Alyson is an active member of CARLIG (Customary and Religious Law Interest Group) and a frequent contributor to DipLawMatic Dialogues blog. She is an example of FCIL librarian without having the official title who fully embodies the spirit of the FCIL as evidenced by her dedicated service.

AALL 2015 Recap: FCIL-SIS Spirit Award Winners

By: Teresa Miguel-Stearns

The Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award is presented each year to members whose work furthers our mission, serves the entire FCIL-SIS, and inspires other to act. This year, three colleagues were awarded the Spirit of the FCIL-SIS.

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Susan Gualtier – Susan is the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian at Louisiana State University and has been an active member of the FCIL-SIS since she began her work as an FCIL librarian four years ago.  She has been instrumental in getting DipLawMatic Dialogues up and running, and has tirelessly pursued contributions to the blog along with co-editor, Loren Turner. She has initiated new features of the blog including FCIL Research Instruction and film reviews.  She also is excellent about publicizing the blog both via the listserv and via Facebook, thereby greatly helping improve FCIL-SIS’s presence in high traffic social media venues. She is the new Co-Chair of the Publicity Committee (with Loren Turner) and is a founding member and Chair of the Customary and Religious Law Interest Group (CARLIG).

JootJuiceaek Lee – Jootaek is a Senior Law Librarian and Research Librarian for Foreign, Comparative & International Law at Northeastern University Law Library. Jootaek has served as Chair of the Nominating Committee; he contributed to the Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide; he has presented numerous times at AALL including as a panelist on Land Grabbing: Accessing Information to Protect Property Rights of Indigenous People and at the Diversity Symposium in 2014, and on Korean Legal Research in 2013. Jootaek is always cheerfully willing to take on any task that is asked of him and exemplifies the true spirit of our organization.

PolicastriJoan Policastri – Joan is the Collection Services and Research Library at the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado School of Law. She has worked in the area of Indigenous Peoples Law for many years and is the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law Interest Group.  At virtually every AALL conference, you will find Joan participating in a panel (such as Land Grabbing: Accessing Information to Protect Property Rights of Indigenous People in 2014 or delivering a research guide or bibliography related to Indigenous Peoples. She also volunteers to lead activities (such as the Jurisdictions Joint Meeting) and interest groups without fail.