Sunday, July 22, 2012

Linda Tesar wins AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award

Linda Tesar, Head of Technical Services at the College of William & Mary Law Library and long-time TS-SIS member (do you remember her glorious term as co-editor of TSLL with Anna Belle Leiserson in the late 90's?)has been honored with the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award in the Open Division for her paper, Forensic Bibliography: Reconstructing the Library of George Wythe. Her paper documents her attempts at William & Mary to reconstruct the library of George Wythe, signer of the Declaration of Independence and first professor of law at William & Mary, where he taught Thomas Jefferson and William Marshall. Wythe left his library to Thomas Jefferson upon his death. Jefferson discarded the books he already owned, and those he incorporated into his own library were then sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Wythe's originally physical library has scattered, but Linda's paper documents how the William & Mary Law Library has gone about trying to determine which books Wythe owned, and were they can find, if not the original books, then exact replicas. Linda will be discussing her paper at H6: The Librarian as Author: AALL.LexisNexis Call for Papers on Tuesday from 8:30-9:45 in HCC Room 311.

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