April 8, 2014 – Vicki Steiner ’03, a reference librarian at UCLA School of Law’s Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, has received the 2014 Librarian of the Year award from the Librarians Association of UCLA. She was honored with the award, which recognizes excellence in librarianship at UCLA, for her contributions to the development of services and tools to support the open access publication of the law school’s journals. This is the second time in the last four years that a UCLA Law librarian was honored with the award—Melissa Beck received the award in 2011.
Vicki joined the UCLA Law Library in 2007. In addition to her duties in the library, she is involved with the UCLA Animal Law Program and represents, on a pro bono basis, nonprofit organizations dedicated to the protection of animals. She is also a lecturer at San José State University’s School of Library and Information Science, and the co-author of a book chapter “Open Access to Legal Scholarship” (with Cheryl Kelly Fischer) in Law Librarianship in the Digital Age (Scarecrow Press, 2013). Vicki was previously a partner at Collum & Steiner, LLP, where she was named a “Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star” by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine and The Journal for Law and Politics in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, a J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law and an M.L.I.S. degree from San José State University.