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Law Library Receives Legal Literature Award for Walter Mondale (’56) Web Site

JULY 22, 2014—For the second time in three years, the University of Minnesota Law Library has been honored with the prestigious Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. The award, given by the American Association of Law Libraries, recognizes works—books, pamphlets, articles, Web sites, databases—that make a significant textual contribution to legal literature.

The Law Library received the 2014 Andrews Award for Walter F. Mondale: Spokesman for Reform and Justice in the U.S. Senate, a comprehensive Web site devoted to the former vice president's senatorial career (1964-76). The site is organized into 13 sections, each addressing Mondale's work in a specific legislative area—such as American Indian rights, civil rights, children/education, foreign relations, and the environment—with historical reportage, photographs, excerpts from the senator's speeches, links to coverage of Mondale in the Congressional Record, and other materials. The site was researched and written by assistant librarian Barbara Berdahl and designed and built by multimedia specialist Glen Anderson. Library assistant Daniel Matthews scanned the documents included in the site, and the project was coordinated under the direction of Katherine Hedin, former curator of rare books and special collections.

"I am thrilled that the Law Library has received the 2014 Andrews Award—especially since it celebrates a Web site focusing on the exemplary legislative career and significant contributions of one of the Law School's most respected alumni," said Joan Howland, Roger F. Noreen professor of law and associate dean for information and technology. "The Andrews Award is the most prestigious legal literature honor granted by the American Association of Law Libraries. To have received this award—not just once, but twice—is a reflection not only on the depth and breadth of the Law Library's collections but also on the vision and hard work of its staff."

In 2012, the Law Library won the Andrews Award for Clarence Darrow: His Life, Legal Career, and Legacy, a digital collection of personal letters written by and to the great American lawyer, along with documents, photographs, and other materials relating to his life and cases.

Walter F. Mondale

Walter F. Mondale (’56) sits on the steps of the United States Capitol.