Nominations sought for the 2018 Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for Public Service

Each year, the Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for Public Service Committee honors a law librarian or law library organization for service to the community. Please help us recognize law librarians or law library organizations by nominating a worthy individual who has made a meaningful contribution to a social or charitable cause or concern. A review of past award recipients shows the variety of charitable work that may be recognized.

Award recipients are selected from nominations submitted to the Award Selection Committee, which consists of Dick Spinelli, Counsel to the President, Wm. S. Hein & Company; Professor Barbara Bintliff, director of the University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library; and Professor Richard Leiter, director of the University of Nebraska Schmid Law Library. The previous award winner, Steve Anderson, who was honored for his work with the Howard County Early Onset and Newly-Diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease Support Group and many other activities that address quality of life issues for people suffering from Parkinson’s, will also serve on the selection committee.

The award will be presented to the recipient during the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
An award will be given only when an outstanding individual is nominated. The committee encourages nominations from anyone with information regarding individuals who might fit the profile of an award recipient. Please help us to recognize the people who represent a special dimension of the “Spirit of Law Librarianship.”

The award, established in 1991 by Roy M. Mersky, former director of Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and Richard Leiter, director of the Schmid Law Library at the University of Nebraska, was created in order to give special recognition to individual law librarians who might not otherwise be recognized by their peers for their important work. The award was established in lieu of accepting royalties from their book, published in 1991 by the Fred B. Rothman & Co., Inc (acquired by William S Hein & Co., Inc. in 1989), The Spirit of Law Librarianship. The second edition was published in the spring of 2004 by Alert Publications, Inc.

The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2018. To make a nomination, please contact: Professor Richard Leiter, Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, NE 68583-0902; rleiter@unl.edu. Information about past award winners, the nomination process and the Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for Public Service Foundation, please visit tarltonapps.law.utexas.edu/slla

— Joe

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