Keith Ann Stiverson, director of the IIT Chicago-Kent law library, has been selected president of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). Stiverson’s one-year term as president began July 22 at the organization’s 108th annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Stiverson has been an active AALL member throughout her career. She has been especially involved in the association’s efforts to ensure permanent public access to legal materials. She also chaired the association’s government relations and copyright committees and served on the Task Force on the Federal Depository Library Program. In 2013, she was elected vice president/president-elect and served in that capacity before assuming the presidency this year.
AALL was founded in 1906 to promote law libraries’ value to the legal and public communities, foster the law librarianship profession, and provide leadership in the legal information field. With nearly 5,000 members, AALL represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, courts, and local, state and federal government agencies.
When asked what she wants to accomplish in the coming year, Stiverson said, “‘Make It New: Create the Future’ is the theme I chose, to highlight the opportunities we have to use our skills in new ways to serve a transformed legal community.”
Stiverson came to IIT Chicago-Kent in 2001 from the University of Texas at Austin, where she served for five years as associate director of its law library. At IIT Chicago-Kent, she directs all library operations on the IIT downtown campus. Stiverson has also served as special assistant to the law librarian at the Library of Congress and spent several years on a special team created to improve the library’s relations with Congress.
Stiverson earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was publications editor of Law and Policy in International Business. She received a master’s degree in library science from Catholic University of America and completed her undergraduate education at Rio Grande College in Ohio. She was admitted to practice in both the District of Columbia and Ohio.