Erika Wayne

Erika Wayne2002 Marsh O'Neill Award Winner

The words "dazzling," "amazing," "extraordinary," "a tour de force," might suggest a terrific new movie or a memorable concert. Put those words in the context of a law library, and you would be describing Erika Wayne, Reference and Internet Librarian in the Stanford Law School.

In recognition of her distinguished service to the research mission of Stanford University, Erika was named the winner of the 2002 Marsh O'Neill Award.

Erika has been a member of the professional staff at the Crown Law Library since 1995. Her research support includes tracking down documents, citations and references, locating sources "on a moment's notice," and making "unfailingly resourceful and imaginative" contributions to the work of faculty and students.

Known as a "remarkably energetic pioneer in the use of technology in teaching and research," Erika has used the Internet both to find and to share relevant information. The website that she helped to develop for a course on women's legal history is now used to instruct on methods and techniques of archival research.

Another example of Erika's accomplishments is Election 2000, described as "the most comprehensive website available for scholars, the general public, and even the government (there were repeated hits from the Department of Justice during the Fall of 2000)." That site won the 2001 American Association of Law Libraries award for the best nonprint publication of the year.

As one professor put it, Erika has helped put Stanford "on the map as having one of the world's leading libraries in information technology."

Erika brings exceptional skills to her job, with post-graduate degrees in both law and library science. She also brings both tenacious persistence and genuine grace to her work, along with an approach that is "unfailingly cheerfully helpful." She is, in the words of a faculty nominator, a "national treasure."

See also the Stanford Report, November 6, 2002

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