AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers: The Librarian as Author

Includes a Live Event on 07/11/2022 at 11:00 AM (CDT)

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Come meet the award-winning authors of the 2022 AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers competition. The authors will discuss their articles, including how they chose their topics, researched their articles, budgeted time for writing, and overcame writer's block, among many other topics. Plenty of time will be set aside for Q&A with the authors, and participants are encouraged to join a lively discussion about librarian scholarship.


Law librarians, legal information professionals, and students interested in supporting and pursuing writing projects.


  1. Participants will be able to learn tips and tricks for pursuing writing projects from award-winning librarian authors.
  2. Participants will be able to engage in a discussion about scholarship with a professional network of colleagues.  


  • Open Division Winner: Kathleen Darvil, Brooklyn Law School
  • New Member Division Winner: Olivia Smith Schlink, Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Yeshiva University
  • Student Division Winner: Julie Marie Wooldridge, J. Michael Goodson Law Library, Duke University School of Law


  • Nicole Downing, Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina


  • Shay Elbaum, University of Michigan Law Library

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Kathleen Darvil’s article, “Increasing Access to Justice by Improving Usability of Statutory Code Websites,” was the 2022 Winner for the Open Member Division of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers. She is the Associate Librarian for Public Services at Brooklyn Law School. She joined the law library staff in November 2007, serving as the Access Services and Reference Librarian.  In addition to managing the Public Service Department, she teaches both Introduction to Legal Research and Advanced Legal Resource courses. Besides her “Call for Papers” article, she co-authored and published two law journal articles, co-edited the book, New York Legal Research, and wrote a few shorter pieces for the ALL-SIS Newsletter and Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing. Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School, she litigated child welfare proceedings both for the Legal Aid Society and for New York City’s Administration for Children's Services. 

Olivia Smith Schlinck’s article, “Ok, Zoomer: Teaching Legal Research to Gen Z,” was the 2022 Winner for the New Member Division of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers. She is the Instructional & Legal Technologies Librarian at the Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where she teaches legal research to various student cohorts. She is a pandemic graduate – Class of 2020 – from the CUNY School of Law (J.D.) and the Graduate School of Library & Information Studies at Queens College (M.L.S.). Olivia also has a B.A. in sociology from Manhattan College. She is interested in innovative pedagogy and legal education generally. 

Julie Marie Wooldridge’s article, “Survey of Reference Services to Incarcerated Persons by Academic Law Libraries,” was the 2022 Winner for the Student Division of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers. Julie received her M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2022.  She currently serves as a Research Services Librarian at the J. Michael Goodson Law Library, Duke University School of Law. Before entering law librarianship, Julie practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia.  Her primarily areas of practice were Federal Criminal Defense and Employment Law.  


Nicole Downing is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and the Assistant Director for Public Services at the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She teaches Advanced Legal Research, a 3-credit experiential course at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Her scholarly interests include legal research pedagogy and reference instruction, and she is particularly passionate about encouraging and supporting the scholarly interests of other librarians.


AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers: The Librarian as Author
07/11/2022 at 11:00 AM (CDT)   |  60 minutes
07/11/2022 at 11:00 AM (CDT)   |  60 minutes
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