The Law Library's National Digital Library project Web site received the American Association of Law Libraries Publication Award (Nonprint Division) during the annual conference of the AALL on July 19 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The award honors in-house print or nonprint library materials.
The Law Library's NDL online collection, "A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873," allows researchers to easily peruse early debates and records of Congress. As documents are added to the site, Internet users can trace westward expansion of the United States and other significant historic events considered by Congress. The site may be accessed from the American Memory collections.
In February the site was nominated and later chosen from more than 50 entries.
"This award is prestigious, and it gives a lot of attention to the Law Library-National Digital Library's role in legal and legislative research," said Emily Carr, a legal reference librarian with the Law Library and a member of AALL, who noted that the project is the result of teamwork by staff of the Law Library and the National Digital Library Program.
The goal of AALL is to highlight the value of law libraries to the legal profession and the public, to foster law librarianship and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.