June 5, 2012
Isn't The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection Ineligible for the 2012 Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award?
"The Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award recognizes a significant contribution to legal bibliographical literature. The work may be a book, pamphlet, periodical contribution or publication in some other form. ... Only works published during the current calendar year will be eligible for consideration." In practice, that rule has been interpreted to mean the previous calendar year. Thus works published in 2011 are eligible for this year's award but not works published in 2010.
I'm sure this year's Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award "co-winner", The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection, is an excellent resource but it went live in June of 2010 with more than half of the site's current collection of Darrow correspondence -- 473 of the current 806 letters in the collection. Resources at launch even received the attention of the New York Times. Clearly The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection was not an "under construction" launch, one that could be construed as really, really being published in 2011. So what's up with this? (Do note that no award was handed out in 2011 when The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection was eligible to receive it.)
Congratulations to Dick Danner and Jules Winterton. They are co-recipients of this year's Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award for The IALL International Handbook of Legal Information Management, which was published in 2011. [JH]