Monday, January 9, 2006

Profile of Roy Mersky, Law Librarian Extraordinaire

For forty years, UT has enjoyed the services of Roy Mersky, whom Yale's Blair Kauffman once called "the emperor of worldwide law librarianship," in recognition of his enormous influence in setting the standard for service and professionalism in the field, in large part through training so many other law librarians.  There is now a nice profile of Mersky in the current UT alumni magazine, which some readers may enjoy.  It includes interesting details of his WWII experience, though less, alas, about the harassment he suffered during the McCarthy years or in the 1960s when he challenged the display of a cross on public buildings in Austin.  Those interesting stories will have to wait for the full-length biography!

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