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Personal Librarians: Personal Librarians

About the Program

What is the Personal Librarian program? 

It's another way for you to connect with the Florida State law librarians. As a new 1L, your Legal Writing and Research class will be paired with a librarian who will send you an introductory email at the beginning of the fall semester. Feel free to email your personal librarian with any questions about legal research, the library, study spaces or law school and we can help you find an answer. Any time you have a question and you are unsure of who to ask you can reach out to your personal librarian.  We're here to help! 

Do you report on what we say to my other professors? 

No, we don't. Your Personal Librarian is not your Legal Research 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 or email you? 

Nope. It's up to you. But you will still receive occasional emails from your Personal Librarian alerting you to library news and events.

Can I still ask other librarians for help? Of course. Your Legal Research and Writing instructors and TAs are probably 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.

Is this only for my 1L year? 

No. We just started the program so our current 2Ls and 3Ls do not have personal librarians. But next year, 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 FSU.

Adapted from GSU's personal librarian FAQs

Meet Your Personal Librarian!

What do you do in the library?  First and foremost, I help the students, faculty and alumni find the resources they need. I also teach Advanced Legal Research and Business Legal Research.

Favorite thing about Tallahassee? I love Tallahassee during the fall. There seems to be so much to do. The weather is gorgeous and you can really take advantage of the dozens of parks that Tallahassee has to offer. Going to Seminole sporting events, especially football, is another perk.

Did you always want to be a librarian?  Not exactly. I’ve always loved teaching and researching.  During college, I was planning to go to law school. I ended up taking a few years off before law school and re-evaluated my interests. After talking with both my librarian and attorney friends, I decided I could have both careers by being a law librarian.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Spending a carefree day near the ocean, surrounded by family and friends.

Which living person do you most admire?  Betty White. I want to be as sassy as her when I grow up. 

Which talent would you most like to have?  It is not a talent so much as a  superpower, but I would like the ability to time-travel.

Favorite movie?  I actually have several favorite films and they vary depending on my mood. Right now, my favorite film is Fight Club.

Favorite class in school?  19th Century American Literature; I loved both the class and the professor!

Favorite legal resource?  Florida Jurisprudence. It is my go-to resource when I need to get background in Florida law. It also gives annotations to statutes and cases, so I usually will have a place to start my research.

What is your motto?  Just keep swimming!

What do you do in the library? My title is Research & Scholarly Communications Librarian, so I work to support faculty and student research and teaching, will coordinate law school contributions to the FSU institutional repository for faculty scholarship, and will serve on the University Libraries Copyright Committee.  Within the law school, I’m the law library liaison for students on the law journals and hope to do everything I can to support my library colleagues and the law school in general.

 Favorite thing about Tallahassee? The palm trees make me smile. 

Did you always want to be a librarian? No – I  always liked research and writing, but I actually practiced IP law for nearly 20 years before realizing that law librarianship was the ideal fit for my interests and experience.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? The definition keeps changing.

Which living person do you most admire?  Let me get back to you on that one.

Which talent would you most like to have? Eidetic memory!

Favorite movie? The Philadelphia Story (Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart; 1940).

Favorite class in school? Every foreign language class.

Favorite legal resource? Subscription: Westlaw.  Free:  National and international searchable trademark databases: you can’t make this stuff up.

What is your motto? Life is what happens when you're making other plans. 

 What do you do in the library?  I’m the Access Services Librarian, so I’m all about access – making sure students and faculty can get to the resources they need for research and succeeding here at the law school.

Favorite thing about Tallahassee? St. Mark’s Trail. You can walk, bike, skate, or just meander along the old paved-over railroad line that leads down to St. Mark’s. 

Did you always want to be a librarian?  I wanted to grow up to be Grace Nakimura from the Gabriel Knight video games. Being a reference librarian is the closest I could come in the real world, so here I am! I guess I’m less likely to be attacked by werewolves in the Research Center.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  A sewing machine, a dozen yards of fabric, and a giant Florida thunderstorm to use as an excuse to stay inside and craft all day.

Which living person do you most admire? Danny Trejo; he overcame drug addiction and a prison sentence and now spends as much time helping the community as he does acting (and making tacos).

Which talent would you most like to have?  I have a black thumb – I wish I could garden or at least keep house plants alive!

Favorite movie? Clue

Favorite class in school?  English Legal History with Prof. Hackney in Oxford. The formation of legal standards in England were wacky, to say the least, but it really opened up my understanding of the entire common law legal system.

Favorite legal resource?  HeinOnline. Once a week I find myself asking a student, “Did you check Hein?” It has more resources than you think!

What is your motto?  “Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur.” Horace

What do you do in the library?  I help students, faculty and alum in whatever way I can! From locating resources to researching materials in preparation for a job interview, I am here to help. I teach Advanced Legal Research and prepare presentations on various legal research topics. I am also the head of all outreach efforts at the Research Center so I am your go-to-gal for knowing when the fun events are coming! 

Favorite thing about Tallahassee?  The outdoors and old southern charm! From the beautiful parks, canopy roads, nature walks, seasons of blooms and kayaking adventures to the old brick homes and little boutiques and restaurants, there is a treasure around every corner. And of course, being a Lady Spirithunter, I  would be remiss if I didn’t say I loved my Seminoles!!

Did you always want to be a librarian? No. At various points in my life I wanted to be Indiana Jones, a marine biologist, an author, a historian, a photographer, a foreign service officer, the PR person for a non-for-profit, the communications director for the National Parks Service, and an elder law attorney.
 
What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Traveling with family and friends, sharing laughs and memories while exploring all that there is to see.
 
Which living person do you most admire?  Honestly my mom. She taught me how to love unconditionally and always pick yourself up when you fall.
 
Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could fluently speak multiple languages.
 
Favorite movie?  When I was 6 years old I decided that Princess Bride was my favorite movie; I have stuck by that decision ever since! Of course I have some others that are major contenders but the Princess Bride just has a little bit of everything for everyone so you can’t go wrong.
 
Favorite class in school?  British History which I took while studying in London. We never spent a class session in the room assigned. If we were talking about the Magna Carta, we went and saw the Magna Carta. Discussing the Tower of London? Why hello Beefeaters.  It was fantastic!
 
Favorite legal resource?  Legal Research Guides. Tons of government agencies, non-for-profits and universities make research guides that lead you to the resources you need!
 
What is your motto?  A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until she’s in hot water.

What do you do in the library? I teach Advanced Legal Research, help students and faculty get materials or with research problems, lecture about research, create research guides, train students one-on-one to prepare them for legal research.

Favorite things about Tallahassee?  My daily commute where I get to see beautiful canopy roads, short lines at the airport, and our winter weather.

Did you always want to be a librarian? No, in the past I wanted to be a stewardess, yoga instructor, lawyer, sociologist,  botonist and movie location scout.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? A day off with my family when the house is already clean and all the errands and chores are already finished.

Which living person do you most admire?  Dalai Lama and all of the other living Nobel Peace prize winners. 

Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to parallel park. 

Favorite movie? Amelie or Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless. 

Favorite class in school? Race and Ethnic Relations.

Favorite legal resource? CRS reports and West's Florida Practice Series.

What is your motto? Less is more. 

 

What do you do in the library? Along with answering lots of legal research questions, I teach international and foreign legal research.

Favorite thing about Tallahassee? I love living close to the coast and the many spring-fed rivers and creeks.

Did you always want to be a librarian?  Almost.  I had a very short stint as a public school teacher when I found my true path.

 What is your idea of perfect happiness? Preparing and sharing a meal with my family and friends. 

Which living person do you most admire? Dalai Lama

Which talent would you most like to have?  20/20 vision

Favorite movie? Babette’s Feast

Favorite class in school? Astronomy

Favorite legal resource? Foreign Law Guide

What is your motto?  Carpe diem

Mary McCormickWhat do you do in the library? I help faculty and students with research and reference. I teach Administrative Law Research, Tax Law Research, and Environmental Law Research.  

Favorite thing about Tallahassee? Trees in abundance, a great film society, good friends-- not necessarily in that order. 

Did you always want to be a librarian?  No, it was a mid-life career change. I worked in the law library when I attended law school at UF, but it never occurred to me at the time to be one. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Friends, food, wine, and laughter (at the same time). 

Which living person do you most admire?  Stephen Hawking

Which talent would you most like to have?  I would like to be able to draw what I see and paint it. 

Favorite movie?  The Window of St. Pierre. 

Favorite class in school?  Chinese and Japenese history classes. 

Favorite legal resource?  Florida ELULS Treatise or Regulations.gov. 

What is your motto?  Life is good.

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