CALL is thrilled to announce that Judith M. Wright, who directed the D’Angelo Law Library of the University of Chicago for over thirty years, will receive the 2016 Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award by the American Association of Law Libraries. Ms. Wright will be recognized at the AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago this summer.
Judith Wright retired in June 2013 after over forty years of service to the field of law librarianship. She has been a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) since 1970.
Judith has provided invaluable service to law librarianship in a variety of roles. She has chaired numerous national and local committees. Judith has created and promoted a variety of efforts to bring together law librarians with common needs and interests. She was one of the founders of the Chicago Legal Academic System (CLAS) and has served in leadership roles both in the Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA) and LLMC’s Advisory Council. In recognition of her service, she was elected to the AALL Hall of Fame in 2013.
She also received the CALL award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship in 2013.
As a profession, we are indebted to Judith, not only for her creativity, dedication, and years of successful leadership, but also her enthusiastic mentoring of aspiring law librarians. In recognition of her dedication to the future of the profession and her 40 years of service, the University of Chicago Law School established the Judith M. Wright Fellowship to “…develop promising new professionals in academic law librarianship by supporting a career training program at the D’Angelo Law Library.” [see CALL Bulletin article re the Wright Fellowship here – Eds.]
Through a generation of change, Judith has been a leader both on the University of Chicago campus and in the greater law library community in adopting new technologies, leveraging them to improve library work, and moving the profession of law librarianship into the 21st century. Congratulations to Judith on this well-deserved honor!