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July 21, 2006

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law,, (512) 471-7330.

Professor Roy Mersky, Tarlton Librarians Receive High Accolades from American Association of Law Librarians (AALL)

AUSTIN, Texas— Professor Roy Mersky and the staff of the Tarlton Library received high honors at the American Association of Law Librarians' annual meeting in St. Louis, MO, July 8-12, 2006.

Claire M. Germain, President of the AALL, recognized Roy M. Mersky with a presidential certificate of merit. He was honored specifically for his exemplary leadership, service and dedication to law libraries and legal research, and for his championship of the law library profession to the legal community.

Additionally, the Academic Law Librarians-Special Interest Section Centennial Committee recognized Fundamentals of Legal Research as one of the most influential writings in the law library profession for the second half of the century, 1957-2006. The selection was a result of a Spring 2006 survey of peers in the academic law library community.

Fundamental of Legal Research is co-authored by Professor Mersky and Dean Donald J. Dunn, LaVerne College of Law, and is a recognized authority on legal research and the standard textbook used in first year legal research courses across the United States.

The Tarlton Library staff was also honored with recognition for best publication and marketing. The publication award was given for "Harry M. Reasoner: An Oral History Interview." The AALL/West Publishing company Excellence in Marketing Award was given for the Library's series of public service brochures.

"These awards are tributes to the Jamail Center for Legal Research current and former staff. It is through their support and their professionalism that allowed me to pursue these scholarly and professional activities. I have always relied on their input. their expertise, and their assistance," said Professor Mersky.

On a related note, in 1991 Professor Mersky and Richard A. Leiter established the "Spirit of Law Librarianship" award. This year at the AALL's annual meeting, the Chicago Association of Law Libraries' Community Service Committee received the award for its outstanding accomplishments in supporting a wide variety of national and local charities.

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Roy M. Mersky Receives American Association of Law Libraries Award:
"Roy Mersky and the Future of Libraries," UTLAW alumni magazine, Winter 2006, p. 30 of PDF: