Professor Janet Sinder, Director of the Library and Associate Professor of Law, has been named the winner of this year’s Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship.
The prestigious honor, to be presented this month in San Antonio, is awarded annually by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). It is named in tribute of Frederick Charles Hicks, the first great American law librarian/scholar who was also the first academic law librarian to serve as president of AALL, and recognizes an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship.
“Janet has made a tremendous contribution to the profession of law librarianship,” an AALL press release read. “During the course of her career, Janet has served as an editor of the Law Library Journal, Legal History and Rare Books SIS Newsletter, and the Membership News Column of the AALL Spectrum. Janet continues to serve as a Member of the Board of Editors of the Law Library Journal. In her many roles as editor, Janet has promoted scholarship among her fellow librarians by encouraging them to publish. In addition, she has been a speaker at AALL Conferences and SEAALL Meetings and has dedicated her career to developing the profession.”
Professor Sinder joined the BLS faculty in 2012. Her professional interests include the intersection of library services and information technology, copyright, and journal open-access issues, as well as legal history.
Previously, Professor Sinder worked at the law libraries of Duke University and the University of Maryland. She began her legal career as an Assistant Defender at the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Springfield, Illinois.