Prof. Robert Oakley has been posthumously named the recipient of the 2008 Marian Gould Gallagher Award. The highest honor of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), it is given to recognize extended and sustained service to law librarianship [and] for exemplary service to the Association.
Prof. Oakley was the Director of the Georgetown University Law Library from 1982 until his unexpected death on September 29, 2007. In announcing the award the AALL President noted that: "Under his visionary leadership, the [Georgetown] ]library became one of the largest academic law libraries in the country, with an outstanding collection and a magnificent physical facility. Always the innovator, Oakley was one of the first law librarians to automate his library, establish an online catalog, and develop a Web page for his law school."
From 2000-2001 Prof. Oakley served as President of AALL. Besides chairing numerous AALL committees, Prof. Oakley also served on the AALL Executive Board and was the the AALL Washington Affairs Representative for 18 years.
The full award announcement is available through the AALL Website.