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The Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award

The Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for Public Service

The 2012 recipients of the Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award are Leah Sandwell-Weiss, Reference Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Law, and Lynn Wishart, Associate Dean of the Law Library at Cardozo School of Law. Read More about Leah and Lynn.

Roy M. MerskyThe Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award is named in honor of its co-creator and co-founder. The award was created in order to give special recognition to individual law librarians engaged in significant acts of charitable work or community or social service. It was awarded posthumously to Roy Mersky in 2008 at a special reception in Portland during the AALL Annual Meeting.

Roy exemplified all the virtues intended to be recognized by the award. Over the years, Roy championed civil rights and worked continuously for intellectual freedom. He marched in Selma, Alabama, and served many roles with local and regional chapters of the ACLU, among many other activities, both public and private.

The award was established in lieu of accepting royalties from the book, The Spirit of Law Librarianship, published in 1991 by the Fred B. Rothman Company, now a division of the Wm. S. Hein and Co. Inc. The second edition was published in the spring of 2004 by Alert Publications Inc.

Donations are being accepted in order to continue Roy Mersky’s legacy by recognizing those in the law library profession who through their deeds and actions in their community are honored for their contributions outside their professional workplace. Those so recognized will receive an honorarium at the AALL Annual Meeting.

Donations to the Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship may be made by check or by contacting:

The University of Texas Law School Foundation
The University of Texas School of Law
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705

Put Mersky Spirit Fund on the check or in the accompanying note. The Foundation’s Federal Tax ID number is 74-6056794.