Librarian of the Court
Supreme Court of the United States
Ms. Gaskell earned her library degree (University of Chicago) and law degree (DePaul University) in Chicago. This city is also where she gained her library experience, first in a private law firm library, then at the University of Chicago Law Library as Head of Public Services, and finally as Director of the Rinn Law Library at the DePaul University College of Law.
Library associations in Chicago have also benefited from her volunteering over many years. Among the many positions she held are President of CALL in 1983/84, co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the First Midwest Regional Conference of Law Librarians in Chicago in 1989, and President of the Chicago Library System Board in 1999-2001. In May 2004, Ms. Gaskell was the recipient of CALL’s Agnes and Harvey T. Reid Award which honors individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to CALL or to law librarianship. She remains a member of CALL, despite geographic distance. She has also served as section and/or committee chair for the CBA, AALL, and AALS.
Ms. Gaskell is an avid bird-watcher, preservationist, and native plant expert. She developed enthusiasm for these activities while living in Chesterton, Indiana, near the Indiana Dunes. She served as a trustee of the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, http://www.heinzetrust.org/ , and also as chair of their Land Strategy Committee. The Heinze Trust honored her by making her a Lifetime Member of their Board as she left the Chicago area for Washington, DC.