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American Association of Law Libraries Honors Work of Collection Development Librarian

March 30, 2010 – 
The Law Library at Rutgers School of Law–Newark has been selected to receive the American Association of Law Libraries’ 2010 Law Library Publications Award for Nonprint Material for its project titled “Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature.” The bibliography was compiled by Paul Axel-Lute, Deputy Director and Collection Development Librarian.

The award, which will be presented at the AALL annual meeting in July, honors achievement in creating in-house library materials that are outstanding in quality and significance. The awards committee stated that it “was impressed with the scope of this resource and the fact that information about this important topic is being kept up to date on the Rutgers website.”

Axel-Lute, who reports that the site is one of the most frequently visited pages on the library website, first posted a pathfinder on same-sex marriage more than 14 years ago. The current version, initially published in 2002, covers primary and secondary sources from both the U.S. and 16 foreign jurisdictions, with coverage mainly from 1997 forward. Listings include other bibliographies, ALR annotations, web-based resources, books, articles supporting same-sex marriage, articles opposing same-sex marriage, symposia with mixed views, and relevant articles on parents and children, polygamy, and taxation.

Axel-Lute, a member of the Law Library faculty since 1973, is the author of the New Jersey Legal Research Handbook (5th ed., 2008).