Laura N. Gasaway, 1945–

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2011

Significant AALL Service

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


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