August 11, 1997
American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Member Sarah K. Wiant (Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University) has been chosen to receive SLA's most prestigious honor, the John Cotton Dana Award, in recognition of her outstanding service to SLA.
As an AALL member, Wiant has served on the Bylaws and Fair Use Committees. She has been named for this year's Dana Award for her work on SLA's copyright committee as an advocate for fair use for all types of libraries. She has written many articles on copyright and has co-authored, with AALL member Laura Gasaway (Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Libraries and Copyright: A Guide to Copyright Law in the 1990s (SLA, 1994).
The John Cotton Dana Award is an annual honor named after SLA's first president and is presented to an individual or individuals who have given exceptional service to special librarianship.
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is an international association of information professionals and special librarians in corporations, media, finance, science, research, government, academe, museums, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and nontraditional enterprises.
The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with over 4,800 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.