Laura N. Gasaway

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  • J.D., University of Houston (1973)
  • M.S., Library Science (highest honors), Texas Woman's University (1968)
  • B.A. (highest honors), Texas Woman's University (1967)

Laura N. "Lolly" Gasaway, a native of Arkansas, joined the faculty of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1985 as director of the law library and professor of law. She was director until 2006 when she became associate dean for academic affairs. She served in this position until 2010 when she became a full-time law teacher.

Gasaway was law library director at the University of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1984, where she directed and taught in the law school's international program at Queen's College, Oxford, England, for three summers. From 1973 to 1975, she was law librarian and assistant professor of law at the University of Houston.

She teaches courses on advanced copyright law, art law and cyberspace law. She is a past president of the American Association of Law Libraries and received its Marian O. Gallagher Award in 2011. She has also been honored by the Special Libraries Association; she received the SLA's John Cotton Dana award in 1987, its H.W. Wilson Award in 1983 and 2004 and was named a fellow of the association in 1988.

Gasaway has served on the American Bar Association's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and its accreditation committee. At UNC-Chapel Hill she has chaired the Committee on the Status of Women and the Women's Concerns Coalition. In 1992, she received the Mary Turner Lane Award from the Association for Women Faculty and Professionals. In 1992, she was elected to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council and was reelected to a three-year term in 1993. She served as chair of the UNC Faculty Assembly (all 16 campuses) from 1997 to 1999. Gasaway was the first virtual scholar in residence at the Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland University College, 2001-2002.

Gasaway coauthored Librarians and Copyright: A Guide to Copyright in the 1990s, published in 1994, and has edited Growing Pains: Adapting Copyright for Education, Libraries, and Society, published in 1997, and Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, published in 1996. She co-chaired the Section 108 Study Group for the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress from 2005-08. Gasaway also chaired the law school self study committee in 2006-07.

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Selected Publications

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  • Publication of Government Funded Research, Open Access, and the Public Interest (J. Kimbrough, L. N. Gasaway), 18 VAND. J. ENT. & TECH. L. 267 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress, Document Link (PDF)]
  • Memorial: Albert O. Brecht (1946-2012) (with R. K. Rasmussen, D. W. Nelson, A. A. Ross, and P. Aranas), 104 LAW LIBR. J. 613 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis]
  • Symposium Introduction, 13 N.C. J. L. & TECH. ON. 147 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Document Link (PDF)]
  • Archiving and Preservation in U.S. Copyright Law, in COPYRIGHT AND CULTURAL HERITAGE (Estelle Derclaye, ed.) (Edward Elgar 2010). [K1420.5 .C67 2010]
  • Copyright Basics: From Earliest Times To The Digital Age, 10 WAKE FOREST INTELL. PROP. L.J. 241 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Libraries, Digital Content, and Copyright, 12 VAND. J. ENT. & TECH. L. 755 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Libraries and Copyright at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century:  The 1909 Copyright Act, 11 N.C. J.L. & TECH. 419 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • A Defense of the Public Domain:  A Scholarly Essay, 101 LAW LIBR. J. 451 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress, Document Link (PDF)]
  • A Tribute to Robert Oakley:  1945-2007 (Testimonial), 100 LAW LIBR. J. 234 (2008). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
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