Sarah K. Wiant, 1946 –

Hall of Fame Induction: 2015

Significant AALL Service

  • Vice-Chair, CONELL Committee, 1973–74
  • Chair, Education Committee, 1977–80
  • AALL Representative to Special Libraries Association, 1980–83
  • AALL Executive Board, 1981–84
  • Chair, Special Committee on the Future of AALL, 1983–86
  • Chair, Copyright Committee, 1984–85, 1990–91
  • Chair, Program Committee, 1987 Annual Meeting (Chicago), 1986–87
  • AALL Representative to U.S. Copyright Office, 1990–92
  • Chair, Bylaws Committee, 1995–96
  • Chair, Economic Status of Law Librarians Committee, 2005-06
  • Vice-Chair, Scholarships Committee, 2010–11
  • Chair, Scholarships Committee, 2011–12

Professional Honors and Awards

  • John Cotton Dana Award for Excellence in Librarianship, Special Libraries Association, 1997
  • University of North Texas Distinguished Alumni Award, 1998
  • Southeastern Association of Law Libraries Distinguished Service Award, 1998
  • AALL Presidential Certificate of Appreciation, 2001
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2015
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2015

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • Copyright Handbook. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1984 (with James S. Heller).
  • “The Report of the Special Committee on the Future of AALL,” Law Library Journal 78 (1986): 519–34 (with Robert C. Berring, Richard A. Danner, and Claire Engel).
  • “Admiralty and Maritime Law.” In Specialized Legal Research, edited by Penny A. Hazelton, chap. 7. New York: Aspen, 1987–.
  • Libraries and Copyright: A Guide to Copyright Law in the 1990s. Washington, D.C.: Special Libraries Association, 1994 (with Laura N. Gasaway).
  • “Refining the Government Relations Program: The Final Report of the Task Force on AALL’s Government Relations Activities,” Law Library Journal 87 (1995): 210–24 (with Timothy L. Coggins, Laura N. Gasaway, and Robert L. Oakley).
  • “Virginia.” In Legal Research in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co., 1995 (with Leah F. Chanin and Pamela J. Gregory).
  • “Texaco Settles Suit, Preventing Supreme Court Hearing on Fair Use Issue,” Virginia Libraries 42 (April–June 1996): 18–19.
  • “Users’ Rights to Photocopy: The Impact of American Geophysical Union v. Texaco and Princeton University Press on Users’ Rights to Photocopy.” In Growing Pains: Adapting Copyright for Libraries, Education, and Society, edited by Laura N. Gasaway, 315–43. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1997.
  • “UCITA Enacted in Virginia,” AALL Spectrum 4 (May 2000): 32, 26.
  • “Virginia is the Focal Point of UCITA Debate,” Virginia Lawyer 49 (December 2000): 42–43.
  • “UCITA and Fair Use: A Compatible or Combatable Relationship,” Serials Librarian 42 (no. 1/2, 2002): 79–87.
  • “UCITA.” In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. 2nd ed., edited by Miriam A. Drake. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2003.
  • “Virginia.” In Legal Research in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. 2d ed. Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co., 2005 (with Leah F. Chanin and Pamela J. Gregory).
  • “Developments in Copyright Law: The Search for Balance Goes On.” In Bowker Annual of Library and Book Trade Information, 46–55. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, 2008.
  • “Comment: 3D Printing,” Washington and Lee Law Review 71 (2014): 699–706.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Sarah K. Wiant, “Tales of AALL History,” in Frank G. Houdek, “Stories of ‘My First Annual Meeting,'” Law Library Journal 88 (1996): 9, 80–81.
  • Sarah K. Wiant Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, May 13, 2013, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.
  • Frank G. Houdek, “AALL Honors Four with Its Top Award,” AALL Spectrum 19 (June 2015): 26–28.
  • “Tribute to Professor Sally Wiant,” Washington and Lee Law Review 74 (2017): 655-73.

Professional Positions

  • Assistant Law Librarian, Texas Tech University, 1970–72
  • Assistant Law Librarian, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1972–78
  • Director of the Law Library and Assistant Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1978–84
  • Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1984–93
  • Senior Academic Visitor, University College, Oxford, England, 1989
  • Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1993–2009
  • Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2010–2017
  • Professor of Law Emerita, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2017–present

Education

  • B.A., Western State College, 1968
  • M.L.S., University of North Texas, 1970
  • J.D., Washington and Lee University, 1978

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • President, Virginia Special Libraries Association, 1980–81
  • Member, Accreditation Site Evaluation Teams, Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, American Bar Association, 1982–2005
  • Member, Editorial Board, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, 1984–99
  • Member, Committee on Libraries, Association of American Law Schools, 1987–92
  • Chair, Section on Libraries, Association of American Law Schools, 1990–91
  • Chair, Copyright Committee, Special Libraries Association, 1991–96
  • Member, Accreditation Committee, Association of American Law Schools, 1991–93
  • Reporter for Site Visits, Association of American Law Schools, 1994–2002
  • Member, Conference on Fair Use, 1995–97
  • Member, Advisory Committee to Virginia Joint Commission on Science and Technology, 1999