Richard Danner, longtime head of Goodson Law Library and leading figure in librarianship, dies

February 24, 2018Duke Law News

Richard A. Danner, the Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law Emeritus

Richard A. Danner, the Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law Emeritus, died on Feb. 22, 2018.

He retired, on July 1, 2017, as senior associate dean for information services and director of the J. Michael Goodson Law Library after more than 35 years at Duke Law. He was a giant in the field of law librarianship and was honored, in January, by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information for his “exemplary contributions” to scholarship in the field. A prolific author, he was also at the forefront of understanding the impact of information technology and electronic publishing on legal education, research, and scholarship.

Danner joined Duke Law School in 1979. In 2017 he received the Marian G. Gallagher Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Law Libraries and the Duke Law Alumni Association A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education.

Read more about Danner’s leadership in the evolution of the Goodson Law Library and in librarianship.

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