LawArXiv Wins AALL’s 2018 Innovations in Technology Award

LawArXiv, a product the Cornell Law Library helped develop and helps support, has won the 2018 Innovations in Technology Award from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). LawArXiv is the only free, open access, nonprofit, pre- and post-print repository devoted to legal scholarship. It currently has 778 articles and over 68,000 cumulative downloads.

LawArXiv Award Photo
Left to right: Greg Lambert (AALL President), Femi Cadmus (Cornell Law), and Peter Hook (Cornell Law) accept the award at the AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on July 15, 2018.

A jury of law librarian members of AALL selected LawArXiv for the award. It did so based on a selection criterion evaluating its benefit to the legal information community and its innovative use of technology to serve as “the human connection between technology, the information, and the user experience,” according to the award website.

“Award jury members praised LawArXiv’s accessible interface and its commitment to providing a free, open-access online platform for publishing and preserving legal scholarship,” said Jennifer Behrens, chair of the 2018 AALL Innovations in Technology Award jury.

Launched in May 2017, LawArXiv was developed and is supported by a collaboration of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance, Mid American Law Libraries Consortium, NELLCO Library Consortium Inc., and the Cornell Law Library, which also provides administrative and leadership support.

“It is wonderful that we have been recognized for our work providing the only noncommercial pre- and post-print repository for scholarly legal articles,” said Peter Hook, Law ArXiv administrator and head of digital and scholarly services at the Cornell Law Library. “LawArxiv is committed to providing authors and institutions a place to archive and share their work without being monetized by for-profit vendors.”

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