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Awards and Achievements
On December 6, 2013 the Land Use Law Center at Pace University School of Law held its 12th annual conference titled “Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future.” During the conference, Prof. John Nolon presented the Annual Distinguished Service Award to Vicky Gannon, Head of Circulation and Reference Librarian, for her continuous contributions to the work and mission of the Land Use Law Center. Congratulations Vicky on this well-deserved honor!
The Pace Law School Class of 2013 honored Pace Law Library with the Outstanding Departmental Award during commencement on May 14, 2013. Marie Stefanini Newman (pictured), Professor of Law and Library Director, accepted the award on behalf of the Library staff. We thank the Class of 2013 for this honor.
Congratulations to electronic services librarian Lucie Olejnikova, who has been awarded not one but two prestigious scholarships from the American Association of Law Libraries. Lucie won the LexisNexis /John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship and the AALL scholarship for librarians pursuing a law degree.
Pace Law Library is hosting Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War traveling exhibit from March 5 to April 11, 2012 on the third floor of the Gerber Glass Building. This exhibit is free of charge and open to public. Special thanks and congratulation goes to Jack McNeill, Associate Director, for submitting a winning grant proposal to the National Endowment for Humanities-Small Grants to Libraries, which brought this exhibit to us. Thanks to the entire Library Staff for helping to construct the exhibit. Reference librarian Taryn Rucinski prepared a research guide to accompany the exhibit.
Congratulations to Cynthia Pittson, Head of Reference Services, who has been awarded the 2011 Outstanding Contribution Award during the Employee Recognition Ceremony in the Tudor Room on February 28, 2012. Cynthia was nominated by the Law Library for her excellent references services, teaching, and leadership. Also on February 28, 2012, Helen Choi, Cataloger, was presented with the Pace 2011 Service Award for 10 years of excellent service. Congratulations to Cynthia and Helen!
Congratulations to reference librarian Taryn Rucinski, who presented her guide on Environmental Crimes research to the ASTAR Judges’ Science School on Technologies for the Detection of Environmental Crimes. This conference, held at the New York State Judicial Institute Oct. 26-28, was attended by 55 judges from New York. The goal of the conference was to improve judges’ understanding of the salient principles and technologies presented in prosecutions of environmental crimes.
Congratulations to reference/electronic services librarian Lucie Olejnikova, who was elected secretary-treasurer of the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries. Lucie had previously worked on the FCIL Schaffer Grant Selection and Fundraising Committees.
Congratulations to Associate Law Library Director Jack McNeill, whose PEN-e blog was named as one of the top 50 environmental law blogs by LexisNexis. PEN-e shares news, commentary, legal research sources, new books and articles, and legislation on Environmental Law, Energy, Land Use Law and related legal topics.
On May 8, 2011, the Pace Law School held its Thirty-Third Graduation Commencement. The Pace Law Library was honored with the Outstanding Departmental Award. This is the second time the Law Library has been presented with this award. Marie Newman, Professor of Law and Library Director, accepted the award on behalf of the library staff. We thank the class of 2011 for this honor.
On March 18, 2011, the Pace 2010 Service Award was presented to Sunny Hlewicki, Office Manager, for 25 years of excellent service. Maria Cuccurullo, Technical Services Assistant, Jack McNeill, Associate Library Director, Cynthia Pittson, Head of Reference Services & Adjunct Professor of Law, Michael Weston, Late Night Circulation Coordinator, and Wen-Xin Yao, Technical Services Assistant were presented the Pace 2010 Service Award for 10 years of excellent service. Richard Castillo, Day & Weekend Circulation Coordinator, received the Pace 2010 Service Award for his 5 years of excellent service.
On January 5, 2011, Sharon Harcharan, Evening Circulation Coordinator, gave birth to Brooke Priya Sharma. The baby weighed 7 lb., 7 oz. and was 19” long. The baby was born in an ambulance on the shoulder of the Sprain Brook Parkway, which was temporarily closed for the birth. The baby’s first name commemorates the unusual circumstances of her birth, which were the subject of a story that day on the Channel 12 News. Her mother couldn’t make it to the hospital in time to give birth there, and her sister, Pamela Harcharan, also working in the library as Collection Maintenance Coordinator, called 911 when Sharon went into active labor en route. Mother, baby, and aunt are doing well. Click here to view the news report.
The Pace Law Library efforts to incorporate Web 2.0 technologies to create a more robust online presence have been highlighted in a recent LLAGNY newsletter article. See David Dames & Imtiaz Jafar, Using the Academic Law Library Webpages as a Marketing Tool, LLAGNY: LAW LINES (Law Libr. Ass'n of Greater N.Y.), Fall 2010, at 33. Read the article here.
The PEN-e blog, created and written by the Associate Director of Pace Law Library Jack McNeil, has been nominated to be included in the 2011 LexisNexis TOP 50 Blogs for Environmental Law and Climate Change. Visit this website and vote for Jack's blog!
Reference/Electronic Services Librarian Lucie Olejnikova received the 2010 Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award at the 2010 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in July 2010.
Reference/Electronic Services Librarian Lucie Olejnikova coordinated and moderated a presentation with a follow up discussion at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in Washington D.C. in July 2009. This program was a part of the Foreign Comparative and International Law (FCIL) Special Interest Section Executive Committee presentation titled The Past, Present, and Future of Law Library and Librarianship in Afghanistan: The Challenges and Rewards of Building a Library After 30 Years of War.
Reference/Electronic Services Librarian Lucie Olejnikova moderated a Legal Research Round Table discussion titled How To Include New Technologies Into Teaching Legal Research at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in Washington D.C. in July 2009 which is a program offered by the Academic Law Libraries (ALL) Special Interest Section.
Jack McNeill, Associate Library Director, has been elected Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect of the Academic Law Library Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). ALL-SIS provides a voice for the interests of and issues of common concern to those employed in academic law libraries both within the section and AALL, and to the larger world.
Reference librarian and Head of Circulation Vicky Gannon was appointed to a five year term, ending 2015, on the Town of Somers Planning Board.
Law Library Associate Director Jack McNeill's photograph of the Library (right) will be pictured in an article on “Ensuring Justice in Tough Economic Times” in a forthcoming edition of the American Judicature Society.
Reference librarian Lucie Olejnikova's article The Case for Collaborative Tools: Long-Distance Teamwork on a Shoestring Budget, co-authored with Jessica de Perio Wittman, was published in the December 2008 issue of AALL Spectrum.
Reference librarian Lucie Olejnikova's comments on selected blogs appear in the November “Member to Member” column of AALL Spectrum. She answered the question, “What blogs do you read and why?,” by describing Curious Expeditions: Travelling and Exhuming the Extraordinary Past, Greg Siskind’s Blog on immigration issues, Legal Talk Network and Feministing.
Associate Law Library Director Jack McNeill's article on the renovation of the Library was published in the May 2008 issue of AALL Spectrum, which is devoted to library architecture. The article, entitled Architects? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Architects, chronicled the role of the Library staff in redesigning the Library.
After years of planning and two years of renovation, the Law Library celebrated with a rededication ceremony and reception on Oct. 30, 2007. The theme of the well-attended program was "Looking Back, Moving Forward." The reference area was dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Triffin, Law Library Director (1984-1998), for his vision and years of guidance, and the Nicholas Triffin Environmental Law Research Fund was established with a generous donation from Professor Nicholas Robinson. The Pace Environmental Law Society also donated a group of environmental-themed DVDs for the Library's Law in Film collection.
Special Collections and Reference Librarian Gail Whittemore compiled New York Legal Documents 2007: A Selective Annotated Bibliography, No. 3-70, published in July 2007 by the American Association of Law Libraries, Government Documents Special Interest Section.
Professor Marie Stefanini Newman, Law Library Director, was awarded an Outstanding Contribution Award during the Employee Recognition Ceremony in the Tudor Room on Sept. 21, 2006. Marie was nominated by a Library staff member and cited for her outstanding leadership qualities. Congratulations to Marie!
An interview with Marie Stefanini Newman, Law Library Director and Professor of Law, was published in the Spring 2006 issue of Faculty News from Thomson-West. Marie shares her observations and insights on the learning processes of today's law students, and on course management software such as TWEN.
Vicky Gannon, Head of Circulation, was awarded an Outstanding Contribution Award during the Employee Recognition Ceremony in the Tudor Room on December 12, 2005. Vicky was nominated by a faculty member, and cited for her outstanding reference service. Congratulations to Vicky!
The Law Library hosted a reception celebrating the opening of the David Sive Archives on April 20, 2004.
The faculty of the Law School voted unanimously to grant tenure to Law Library Director and Professor of Law Marie Stefanini Newman on March 10, 2004.
The ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law calls the Pace CISG Database "a particularly valuable resource," and says that it "is a masterful example of Internet-based scholarship and is a credit to its creators." The CISG database is produced by the Pace Law Library and the Pace University School of Law Institute of International Commercial Law.
Law Library Director and Professor of Law Marie Newman and Associate Director Jack McNeill presented their program, Networking to the Future: The CISG as a Paradigm of Scholarly Web Publishing, at the 2003 AALL conference in Seattle, Washington.
Law Library Director and Professor of Law Marie Newman accepted the Outstanding Departmental Award on behalf of the Law Library at commencement 2003. We thank the Class of 2003 for this honor.
Sunny Hlewicki, Staff Assistant, Law Library, received the Pace University President's Extra Mile Award during Employee Recognition Week in December 2002. Sunny received the award for providing extraordinary service in helping others on behalf of Pace University. Congratulations to Sunny!
The International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) presented its 2002 Best Non-Commercial Web Site Award to the CISG web site. The CISG database encompasses international commercial law as well as the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
Associate Law Library Director Jack McNeill moderated the program, Global Citizen: Immigration Law Research Challenges, at the 2001 AALL conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Pace Online Health Law Library was highly recommended by LLRX.com as a reference for anyone studying health law issues on any level, from local to federal. Margaret R. Moreland, a lawyer and reference librarian at Pace Law School specializing in health law issues, designed and maintains the Online Health Law Library.
Law Library Director and Professor of Law Marie Stefanini Newman received the 2000 Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The award was presented to Professor Newman at the annual AALL conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her article, Evaluation Criteria and Quality Control for Legal Knowledge Systems, was published at 91 Law Library Journal 9 (1999), and discusses the attributes of high-quality websites.