What is the Personal Librarian program?
Well, it’s another way for you to connect with the Georgia State law librarians. As a new 1L, there may be times when you have a question you’d prefer not to ask your Research Methods in Law instructor (“I missed class, and I need help understanding this …”) or when they are unavailable. As a 2L or 3L, you may not have much in-class time with a librarian, so we’re also available to talk to you about seminar papers, where to start on a new research assignment from work, and any other questions you might have during your time at Georgia State.
Do you report on what we say to my other teachers?
No, we don’t. Your Personal Librarian is not your Research Methods instructor. They’re just someone else available to help you during law school, especially when it comes to research questions.
Do I have to come see you?
Nope. It’s up to you. You’ll probably still get emails from your Personal Librarian from time to time though, alerting you to library news and events.
Can I still ask my Research Methods instructor or a Reference librarian questions?
Of course. Your instructor will probably be your first contact for class-related queries, and the Reference Desk is there precisely so someone is available to help answer research questions. Your Personal Librarian’s primary job is to keep you updated on what’s happening in the library, but can help with your other inquiries too.
What do you do? I'm in charge of the services that the library provides to faculty - such as researching arcane (and non-arcane) topics and working with faculty research assistants - and supervise the library's research GRAs. I also do a lot of other things, including work the reference desk, teach legal bibliography, and buy most of our DVDs.
Did you always want to be a librarian? Not really, although I gravitated toward libraries fairly early (I was in my elementary school's library club - basically, I shelved books). When I graduated from undergrad, I thought I was going to go back to grad school (probably in English lit) to be a professor. But then I started working at the UGA libraries, and I decided pretty quickly afterward that I wanted to be a librarian.
What is your favorite sport? College football - specifically, UGA football. And Federer v. Nadal, which sadly doesn't happen much anymore.
Favorite movie? Either Red Beard (an old Akira Kurosawa movie) or Terminator 2. Those don't sound like they go together, do they?
Favorite class in school? In undergrad, either History of Rock Music or Ulysses. In library school, I really enjoyed my Book Publishing class, but that may just have been because we got to talk about comic books with a guy from DC Comics. In law school, probably Sexual Orientation & the Law.
Do you drive to school or take MARTA? Drive, although I did take MARTA for a couple of years. Driving is easier in the rain.
Favorite legal resource? I love the Federal Register, and both the Federal Register website and Regulations.gov are wonderful, because they really help do what the Federal Register was designed to do - make the process of federal rulemaking more transparent and more accountable to the people.
Favorite place in Atlanta? Probably somewhere in Inman Park, although my area of Decatur (Oakhurst) is growing on me.
What do you splurge on? I don't really "splurge" that much, but if I do it's on random stuff when I'm on vacation or at Dragon Con. Or video games.
Best place to get lunch near the law school? Aviva By Kameel in the Mall at Peachtree Center. The falafel (and service) is excellent.
What do you do? In the library, I am the Associate Director for Public Services, and that means that I work to make sure that the library is doing what it needs to do to fulfill our the needs of our patrons--faculty, students, and citizens.
Did you always want to be a librarian? Sometimes. When I was little, in elementary school, I "worked" in the library. And middle school. And high school. And somehow I didn't manage to become a professional librarian until later.
What is your favorite sport? Novel writing in the month of November.
Favorite movie? This is a very difficult question to answer. I have enjoyed a bunch of serious movies. But the movies that I love to watch over and over again are Addam's Family Values and The Pirate Movie. I like them because they make me laugh.
Favorite class in school? In library school, my favorite class was young adult literature. In teacher school, my favorite class was about teaching math. In law school, my favorite class was probably tax. At least, that was the most memorable.
Do you drive to school or take MARTA? My favorite commute is walking.
Favorite legal resource? The Bluebook. Who doesn't love something so easy to complain about?
Favorite place in Atlanta? Piedmont Park and the Botanic Garden. I enjoy visiting the gnomes in the Children's Garden with my son. Both places are very peaceful.
What do you splurge on? Yarn for me and books for my children.
Best place to get lunch near the law school? The Auburn Market (they recently changed the signage to Municipal Market) is great--there are a ton of options: burritos, burgers, and more!
What do you do? I am the Digital Services Librarian—so my focus is on the library’s digital projects. Beyond tinkering on the website and the faculty commons, I also get to answer reference questions and teach legal research.
Did you always want to be a librarian? No. I know this is going to sound overly classic: I suddenly knew while taking an Advanced Legal Research class.
What is your favorite sport? Hockey. Great sport to watch, better sport to play.
Favorite movie? Perhaps the first Lord of the Rings movie.
Favorite class in school? Computer Graphics. 3D environments and the science of rendering grabs my imagination.
Do you drive to school or take MARTA? MARTA.
Favorite legal resource? Docket Navigator. It is truly a transformative docket tool (although I wish they would expand beyond Patents).
Favorite place in Atlanta? So far no specific place. I love the walkability of downtown.
What do you splurge on? Gadgets. And not usually the latest and greatest. Something older to modify (and probably break).
Best place to get lunch near the law school? No idea. I rarely eat lunch…..
What do you do? I oversee the technology employed at the College of Law, but more importantly I am also a Librarian.
Did you always want to be a librarian? No, when I was fourteen I was thrown out of the Worthington Public Library by a librarian for putting my feet on a chair as I read. Needless to say this soured me on librarians generally. I eventually met, was supported in college and graduate school , worked along side, and mentored by the good ones.
What is your favorite sport? Soccer for playing and baseball for watching.
Favorite movie? Miller's Crossing. Albert Finney's tommy-gun sequence to Danny Boy is great, just great.
Favorite class in school? Would my intentions be transparent if I said Legal Bibliography?
Do you drive to school or take MARTA? I drive the pollen-colored Forrester with child seats and an Album 88 bumper sticker.
Favorite legal resource? Words and Phrases.
Favorite place in Atlanta? Krog Street tunnel.
What do you splurge on? Vinyl.
Best place to get lunch near the law school? Sweet Auburn Market, but if you are willing to go a little further try LottaFrutta.
What do you do? I'm the Research Instruction Services Librarian. This means I manage the ALERT program in during the year, as well as set up any requested research instruction. I also manage the reference desk GRA's and make sure we (the librarians) send out the personal librarian emails.
Did you always want to be a librarian? Not at all. I didn't even know until I was well out of law school.
What is your favorite sport? Anything Pittsburgh. Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Penn State.
Favorite movie? The Last Waltz
Favorite class in school? Recess
Do you drive to school or take MARTA? or Walk. I'll probably take Marta when the weather makes walking difficult.
Favorite legal resource? Generally, practice aids. Specifically, Pennsylvania Practice, although it's not as useful as it used to be do to geographic considerations.
Favorite place in Atlanta? After two weeks, I'd say my new neighborhood Reynoldstown / Cabbagetown. I'm sure that will change, though.
What do you splurge on? Musical instruments and craft beer.
Best place to get lunch near the law school? So far, Dua.