Mary Whisner has worked in the Reference Department of the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library since 1988. As a reference librarian, she helps people use the library and databases, performs research for faculty and staff, and gives presentations on research topics. She contributes to several blogs, including Gallagher Blogs, the Legal Scholarship Blog, and Trial Ad (and other) Notes. Since spring 1999, she has written the "Practicing Reference" column for Law Library Journal. A collection of columns was published as a book (Practicing Reference: Thoughts for Librarians and Other Legal Researchers) in 2006. She is a co-author of the Washington Legal Researcher's Deskbook, 3d (2002).
Ms. Whisner has a B.A. from the University of Washington, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was the editor in chief of the Harvard Women's Law Journal, and an M.L.I.S. from Louisiana State University. After law school, she clerked Judge Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She served in the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board and then received a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship to work at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Ms. Whisner is a member of Law Librarians of Puget Sound, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Washington State Bar Association (inactive), and Phi Beta Kappa. In 2009 she received the University of Washington's Distinguished Librarian Award. She volunteers with the Youth Tutoring Program and plays in the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band.