July/August 2008 issue

Ann Fessenden Completes AALL Presidency


by Deborah Showalter-Johnson, Branch Librarian, Kansas City

This summer, I was privileged to attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in Portland, Oregon. It was the culmination of an exciting year for the U.S. Courts Libraries and the Eighth Circuit libraries in particular. Ann Fessenden, Eighth Circuit Librarian, served as the associationís president for the 2007-2008 term.

Those of us who were privileged to attend this annual meeting were proud of Ann and happy that she was able to raise the profile of court librarians in a legal world where the resources and library personnel of law firms and law schools are often so much greater than our own.

It is unusual that a government librarian gets the support needed to make this type of commitment. With Chief Judge Loken's permission and support, Ann not only served as the associationís president but was admirable in her consistent performance at home as well as her dedication to the organization. She was good-natured and untiring