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 to 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 at the reference desk, teach research methods, and help decide what we purchase.
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? Anything/everything that goes on at the Olympics.
Favorite movie? Probably Terminator 2.
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? Even though I don't go there much at all anymore, I still love Little 5 Points.
What do you splurge on? I don't really "splurge" that much at all, but I do have a video game weakness, particularly for Zelda-related things.
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 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’m the Digital Service Librarian. That means that I maintain the law library’s digital collections and research guides. In addition, I teach legal research, answer patrons’ reference questions, and do other cool stuff.
Did you always want to be a librarian? No, I originally went to law school with the intention of practicing law. However, once I figured it out, the call of librarianship was basically undeniable.
What is your favorite sport? Tbh, I’m not much of a sports fan. Maybe Jordan-era NBA?
Favorite movie? Either Brazil or Children of Men.
Favorite class in school? Civil Rights was really memorable.
Do you drive to school or take MARTA? I originally MARTA’d, but we’re in the middle of a pandemic, so that is liable to change.
Favorite legal resource? I love how weirdly specific ALRs can be.
Favorite place in Atlanta? I’m a big fan of L5P. I also love downtown Decatur, especially the Dancing Goats coffeehouse.
What do you splurge on? Coffee. If at all possible, I do like the good stuff.
Best place to get lunch near the law school? Buenos Dias Café is wonderful.
What do you do? In addition to teaching RMiL, I oversee access to the law library digital collections.
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 alongside, and mentored by the good ones.
What is your favorite sport? Soccer. I support Atlanta United and any club fielding a rising American which leaves me with Newcastle and Chelsea (EPL), Schalke and Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga), Ajax (Eredivisie), and Lille (Ligue 1). These of course might change after the transfer window.
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 a gray SUV that looks like every other gray SUV.
Favorite legal resource? Words and Phrases.
Favorite place in Atlanta? Mercedes-Benz Stadium on game days.
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 Coordinator of Reference and Instruction Services. This means I manage the ALERT program 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 due 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.
What do you do? I am the Reference & Outreach Librarian. This means I manage Law Library’s outreach services, as well as provide reference assistance. Additionally, I participate in the maintenance of the Law Library’s website.
Did you always want to be a librarian? No. I decided on law librarianship on my second day of law school orientation!
What is your favorite sport? Basketball. I even played on a team during law school - 1Ls vs. 2Ls.
Favorite movie? Tie between Love & Basketball and The Notebook.
Favorite class in school? In law school, Evidence. I actually became a tutor for the class.
Do you drive to school or take MARTA? Drive. I plan to try Marta one day in the future!
Favorite legal resource? Practice aids. Particularly, the many Georgia specific ones.
Favorite place in Atlanta? I enjoy the Sandy Springs area just north of North Buckhead, as it's one of the quieter locations I've visited. I don't venture out much, so there may be more places throughout Atlanta that are less congested.
What do you splurge on? Books of course! Mainly personal and professional development ones.
Best place to get lunch near the law school? I usually bring my lunch, but I enjoy getting food from 55th & Park Restaurant and Lounge.