American Association of Law Libraries honors VU associate professor with 2015 Gallagher award

Sarah (Sally) G. Holterhoff

The American Association of Law Libraries announced that Sarah (Sally) G. Holterhoff, associate professor of law librarianship and the government information/reference librarian at the Valparaiso University Law School Library in Valparaiso, will receive AALL’s highest honor, the 2015 Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award.

Established in 1984 to acknowledge sustained service to law librarianship, exemplary association support and outstanding professional literature contributions, the Gallagher Award is presented to individuals who have completed or are nearing completion of an active professional career.

Holterhoff is a past AALL president and served two terms as an AALL Executive Board member. She served two terms as a Depository Library Council to the Public Printer member, including a year as secretary; was AALL’s representative to the International Federation of Library Associates from 2011 to 2014; and is a member of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Section on Law Libraries. In 2014, she also received AALL’s Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award and Valparaiso University School of Law’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

“I’m honored to receive the Gallagher Award and to be recognized in this way by my colleagues,” Holterhoff said. “The American Association of Law Libraries has provided me with many opportunities for meaningful service through the years, and my participation and contributions have greatly enriched my professional life. Government information issues have been a major focus for me throughout my career, and I’ll continue to be involved with AALL’s ongoing advocacy work.”

The 2015 Gallagher Award recipients will be recognized at the 108th AALL annual meeting and conference, to take place from July 18-21 in Philadelphia. For more about the Gallagher award, visit For more information about AALL and its upcoming annual meeting and conference, visit

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