Kristina J. Alayan

Assistant Professor of Law & Law Library Director

MLIS, University of Washington School of Information
JD, University of Oregon School of Law
BA, Swarthmore College


Kristina J. Alayan is the Law Library Director & Assistant Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law.  Before joining the law faculty at Howard, Professor Alayan was the Head of Reference and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown.  During her tenure at Georgetown, she also served as the Head of Content Acquisitions and Management. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing all print and electronic materials for the library’s collection – including the materials budget, license negotiation, and revising the collection development policy.  At Duke Law, she served as the Foreign and International Law Reference Librarian and Lecturing Fellow.  During that time she taught three required legal research courses in the JD, LLM, and JD/LLM programs. She also contributed to the first law-related MOOC course offered through Duke (International Human Rights Law: Prospects and Challenges).

She earned her MLIS with a certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with certificates in the International Law and Pro Bono programs. She has served in various leadership positions in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).  She is also an active member of the Law Librarians Society of Washington, DC (LLSDC). She was recognized by her peers at the national level as the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries Emerging Leader.

Her research interests include information literacy, access to justice, leadership, and change management.  She specializes in foreign and international legal research.

Selected Presentations

Speaker & Coordinator (with E. Florio, et al.), AALL Webinar: “Cultivating Leadership in the Next Generation of Law Librarians” (August 12, 2020).

Speaker & Coordinator (with D. Smith, et al.), AALL Conference: “Race, Responsibility, and Revolution” (July 2020).

Speaker & Coordinator (with C. Wale, et al.), AALL Conference: “Getting to No: Setting Boundaries and Pushing Back Strategically” (July 2020).

Speaker (with E. Florio, et al.), WRLC Annual Conference: “Cultivating Leadership in the New Generation of Librarians” (March 17, 2020).

Speaker (invited), SEAALL Conference: “What’s Rank Got to Do With It?” (April 2020).

Speaker (invited), Swarthmore College: “Alumni of Color Career Panel Series: Legal Profession” (February 1, 2020).

Speaker (invited), Howard University: “Student Feedback in Real Time – One Model to Solicit, Analyze, and Engage Meaningfully in the Classroom” (November 19, 2019; February 22, 2020).

Speaker (invited), Howard Law: “Scholarly Writing Workshop Series: Legal Research” (September 24, 2019; October 22, 2019).

Speaker (invited, with E. Florio), LLAM Legal Research Institute: “Cultivating Leadership in the Next Generation of Law Librarians” (October 11, 2019).

Speaker (invited, with S. Dalton, et al.), AALL Conference: “Middle Managers’ Breakfast Panel” (DC, July 2019).

Coordinator (with E. Santos), AALL Conference: “Storytelling for Empowerment and Change” (DC, July 2019).

Speaker (invited), Howard Law: “Pathways Program: Alternative Careers” (January 17, 2019).

Speaker (invited), Howard Law: “Scholarly Writing Workshop Series: Legal Research” (September 25, 2018).

Facilitator (with E. Florio), LLSDC: “Preparing Students for Practice” (August 1, 2018).

Speaker & Coordinator, AALL Conference: “Don’t Just Hire the Best – Keep Them” (Baltimore, July 2018).

Speaker (invited), AALL Conference: “Changing Paths and Opening Doors: Transferring Skills Across Law Library Types and Sectors” (Baltimore, July 2018).

Speaker & Facilitator (invited, with L. Graham), “Georgetown Law Management Roundtable Series: Retaining Good Employees” (June 14, 2018).

Speaker & Coordinator (with R. Rowe, et al.), Charleston Conference: “Rolling in the Deep: Negotiating to Have it All” (Charleston, November 2016).

Coordinator (with A. Shea, et al.), AALL Conference: “Conversations on Career Transitions” (Chicago, July 2016).

Speaker, AALL FCIL-SIS Teaching Committee: “MOOCs and IALL Public International Law Research Instruction Guidelines” (Philadelphia, July 2015).

Facilitator (with N. Agrawal, et al.), AALL Conference: “FCIL Librarianship Core Competencies – Research and Reference Roundtable” (Seattle, July 2013).

Facilitator (invited, with A. Shea, et al.), AALL Conference: “Teaching Foreign Law Roundtable” (Boston, July 2012).

Selected Awards, Honors & Grants

AALL Emerging Leader, 2019

LLSDC Grant (funding to attend Harvard’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians), 2019

AALL Publications Award (with Heather Casey, et al.) for A Brief History of Civil Rights in the US, 2017

IFLA Congress Fellow (180 fellows selected from over 3,300 applicants), 2016

LexisNexis Grant Recipient (with Jane Bahnson), 2014

AALL Leadership Academy, 2014

Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award, 2013

Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Certificate of Appreciation, 2009

Outstanding Public Service Award, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, 2008

Haywood Burns Fellow, 2007

Selected Service  

International Association of Law Libraries, Board Member (2013-2016, 2019-2022)

  • Education Committee, Chair (2015-2016, 2019-2022)

Law Librarians’ Society of DC (LLSDC), Vice-President/President/Immediate Past President (2018-2021)

AALL Council of Chapter Presidents, Chair (2020-2021)

AALL Awards Committee, Vice Chair/Chair (2017-2021)

  • Hall of Fame Subcommittee, Chair (2019-2020)
  • Andrews Award Subcommittee, Chair (2018-2019)

AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee, member (2016-2020)

Howard University

  • School of Law - COVID-19 Faculty Online Learning & Instruction, Chair (2020)
  • School of Law - COVID-19 Task Force, member (2020)
  • School of Law - Curriculum Committee, member (2018-2020)
  • Program Prioritization Task Force, Team Lead (2019)
  • Faculty Senate, Law School Alternate (2018-2019)

International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions

  • Global Vision Project, North American Region (invited Workshop Participant)


Selected Writing & Editorial Work

AALL Spectrum Editorial Board (appointed, 2019 – 2021).

Writing Letters of Recommendation (with Michelle Hook Dewey), Spectrum (January/February 2021).

Look for the Helpers, 63:1 Law Library Lights (Spring 2020).

ASIL Cables, the Online Daily Reporter for the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, (Lead Editor, 2016 – 2017; Contributor, 2014 – 2017).

Book Review, 40:1 Collection Management 60 (2015) (reviewing Steven Ovadia, The Librarian’s Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud, 2013).

Book Review, 106 Law Library Journal 2 (Spring 2014) (reviewing R. Gregory Nokes, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, 2013).

Bridging All the Gaps: An Ongoing Discussion (with E. Florio), Spectrum (November/December 2019).

Award Season: Achievements in Legal Literature, Spectrum (July/August 2019).

Bridging All the Gaps (with E. Florio), 62:1 Law Library Lights (Fall 2018).

Bridging the Gap: Public Services & Collection Services, 61:2 Law Library Lights (Winter 2018).

A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States (with Heather Casey et al.), available at

Contributor to IALL Blog, available at