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May 31, 2006

Contact: Roy Mersky, Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law (512) 471-7735,

Law Library Wins Two Awards from the American Association of Law Libraries

AUSTIN, Texas — The Tarlton Law Library at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law will receive two prestigious awards from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The awards will be presented the AALL annual meeting in St. Louis on July 9-12.

The first award is the AALL Law Library Publication Award. This award is given for the year’s outstanding print publication created by a law library. The Library won this award for Harry M. Reasoner: An Oral History Interview. Harry Reasoner, a member of the Law School class of 1962, is a partner (and former managing partner) at Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas. Reasoner has been a generous benefactor of the Law School, both in terms of financial support and professional work. In this interview, Reasoner gives details of his childhood, education and professional career as one of the most successful and prominent attorneys working in Texas today. This oral history is available for purchase through the Library, and is the third in a series of ongoing oral history interviews published by the Library.

The second award is the AALL/West Publishing Co. Excellence in Marketing award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in public relations by way of a publication, service or program. The award was given for the Library’s series of public service brochures, which are designed to introduce the services of the Library to the different patron groups who use the Library and its collections and resources. The brochures — “Services to Law Faculty,” “Services to Law Students,” “Services to the Legal Community,” “Services to the UT-Austin Community,” and “Services to the Public” — emphasize the services and collections available to each group. Each brochure is available in print at the Library as well as being available through the Library website.

Professor Roy Mersky, the director of the Law Library, was especially pleased with this year’s results: “It is rare for a library to be recognized in two separate award categories. The marketing award reflects well on our emphasis on always thinking of new ways to showcase our services. The publication award is recognition that the Library is not just a great provider of access to the world of information, but is also creating new and valuable resources for our community.”

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