Laura N. Gasaway, 1945 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2011

Significant AALL Service

Laura Gasaway

  • Chair, Recruitment Committee, 1973–74
  • President, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, 1974–76
  • Vice-Chair, Education Committee, 1975–77
  • Chair, Program Committee for 1978 AALL Annual Meeting (Rochester, N.Y.), 1977–78
  • Chair, Copyright Committee, 1980–84, 1992–93, 1995–96
  • Chair, Taskforce on Nominating Procedures, 1982–84
  • AALL Vice President/President-Elect 1985–86
  • AALL President, 1986–87
  • AALL Immediate Past President 1987–88
  • Chair, Special Committee to Advance the Fair Use of Electronic Information Resources in Law Libraries and by Law Librarians, 1994–96
  • Chair, AALL Centennial Planning Task Force, 2001–02

Professional Honors and Awards

  • H.W. Wilson Award, Special Libraries Association, 1983 and 2004
  • John Cotton Dana Award, Special Libraries Association,1987
  • Distinguished Alumnae Award, Texas Woman’s University, 1988
  • Fellow, Special Libraries Association, 1988
  • Marta Lange/CQ Press Award, Association of College & Research Libraries, American Library Association, 1998
  • AALL Presidential Certificate of Appreciation, 2000
  • AALL Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2011
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2011

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Continuing Education for Law Librarianship,” Law Library Journal 70 (1977): 39–52 (with Steve Margeton).
  • “Management Techniques Using Traditional Library Records,” Law Library Journal 70 (1977): 315–28.
  • American Indian Legal Materials: A Union List. Stanfordville, N.Y.: E.M. Coleman, 1980 (compiled with James L. Hoover and Dorothy M. Warden).
  • Legal Protection for Computer Programs (with Maureen Murphy), Boulder, Colo.: Cause Publications, 1980.
  • “Comparable Worth: A Post-Gunther Overview,” Georgetown Law Journal 69 (1981): 1123–70.
  • Law Library Management during Fiscal Austerity. New York: Glanville Publishers, 1992. (with Bruce Johnson and James Murray; Roy M. Mersky, general editor)
  • “Academic Law Library Statistics: 1876–1992,” Law Library Journal 84 (1992): 573–82.
  • Libraries and Copyright: A Guide to Copyright Law in the 1990’s. Washington, D.C.: Special Libraries Association, 1994. (with Sarah K. Wiant)
  • Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996. (edited with Michael G. Chiorazzi) (AALL Publication Series no. 52).
  • “Women as Directors of Academic Law Libraries.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 497–553. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.
  • “Libraries, Educational Institutions, and Copyright Proprietors: The First Collision on the Information
    Highway,” Journal of Academic Librarianship 22 (1996): 337–44.
  • Editor, Growing Pains: Adapting Copyright for Libraries, Education and Society. Littleton, Colo: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1997.
  • “Copyright, the Internet, and Other Legal Issues,” Journal of the American Society of Information Science 49 (1998): 1003–09.
  • “Distance Learning and Copyright: Is a Solution in Sight?” CAUSE/EFFECT 22 (1999): 6–8, 25.
  • “Guidelines for Distance Learning and Interlibrary Loan: Doomed and More Doomed,” Journal of the American Society of Information Science 50 (1999): 1337–41.
  • “Values Conflict in the Digital Environment: Librarians Versus Copyright Holders,” Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts 24 (2000): 115–61.
  • “Distance Learning and Copyright: An Update,” Journal of the Copyright Society 49 (2001): 195–224.
  • “Balancing Copyright Concerns: The TEACH Act of 2001,” EDUCAUSE Review 36 (Nov.-Dec. 2001): 82–83.
  • “Impasse: Distance Learning and Copyright,” Ohio State Law Journal 62 (2001): 783–820.
  • “America’s Cultural Record: A Thing of the Past?” Houston Law Review 40 (2003): 643–71.
  • “Libraries, Users, and the Problems of Authorship in the Digital Age,” DePaul Law Review 52 (2003): 1193–1227.
  • “The New Access Right and Its Impact on Libraries and Library Users,” Journal of Intellectual Property Law 10 (2003): 269–309.
  • “Copyright Ownership and the Impact on Academic Libraries,” DePaul-LCA Journal of Art Law & Policy 13 (2003): 277–311.
  • “Law Librarians Lobby for Library Users.” In The Spirit of Law Librarianship: A Reader, 2d ed., edited by Roy M. Mersky and Richard A. Leiter, 107–16. Chicago: Alert Publications, 2005.
  • “Electronic Reserves and Copyright: A Collision Course?” In The Center for Intellectual Property Handbook, edited by Kimberly L. Bonner, 55–70. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2006.
  • Get Copyright Right. Alexandria, Va.: Special Libraries Association, 2006.
  • “A Defense of the Public Domain: A Scholarly Essay,” Law Library Journal 101 (2009): 451–70.
  • “Libraries, Digital Content, and Copyright,” Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 12 (2010): 755–78.
  • “Libraries and Copyright at the Dawn of the 20th Century: The 1909 Copyright Act,” North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology 11 (2010): 419–59.
  • Copyright Questions and Answers for Information Professionals: From the Columns of Against the Grain. West Lafayette, In.: Purdue University Press, 2013.
  • “Tribute to Sally Wiant,” Washington and Lee Law Review 74 (2017): 656.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • “Laura N. Gasaway,” in Frank G. Houdek, “AALL History through the Eyes of Its Presidents,” Law Library Journal 98 (2006): 299, 321–22.
  • Kenneth D. Crews, “Tribute to Laura Gasaway,” North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology 11 (2010): 411–14.
  • Kate Spelman, “Tribute [to Laura Gasaway],” North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology 11 (2010): 415–16.
  • Deborah Gerhardt and Madelyn Wessel, “Tribute to Lolly,” North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology 11 (2010): 417.
  • Judy Meadows, “Gasaway, Houdek, and Price Honored with 2011 Marian Gould Gallagher Award,” AALL Spectrum 15 (June 2011): 28–29.
  • Laura N. Gasaway Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, Sept. 17, 2012, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.

Professional Positions

  • Catalog and Circulation Librarian, University of Houston Law Library, 1968–71
  • Assistant Director, University of Houston Law Library, 1971–72
  • Acting Director, University of Houston Law Library, 1972–73
  • Director, University of Houston Law Library, 1973–75
  • Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma, 1975–84
  • Director of the Law Library and Professor Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985–2006
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006–10
  • Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010–11
  • Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011–present

Education

  • B.A., Texas Woman’s University, 1967
  • M.L.S., Texas Woman’s University, 1968
  • J.D., University of Houston, 1973

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

  • Member, Houston Law Review, 1973
  • Admitted to the Practice of Law, Texas, 1974
  • Member, ABA Accreditation Committee, 1987–95
  • Member, Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 1997–2002
  • Horace S. Manges Lecturer in Copyright, Columbia University School of Law, 2000
  • Intellectual Property Virtual Scholar, University of Maryland, 2001–02
  • Chair, University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly, 2004–06
  • Co-chair, Section 108 Study Group, U.S. Copyright Office & Library of Congress, 2005–09