With the end of the 2014-15 academic year comes the end of an era. In May, long-time library director, Anne Dalesandro, announced that she:
will be stepping down from the library directorship on June 30th and will begin a six-month research leave. My official retirement date will be at the end of this year. But I will still be around figuring out what emeritus librarians do and continuing to work on several library projects on a volunteer basis.
Anne’s history with the law school began long before her appointment as the director. Anne began as a law student at Rutgers School of Law-Camden, graduating in 1975. She followed this degree with one in library sciences from Rutgers School of Library and Information Sciences, in the meantime joining the law library staff in 1976. Anne worked in the library as a legal research specialist and head of public services until 1992, when she was appointed the interim library director, and officially became the library director in 1993. Anne proudly served the needs of the law school through her unwavering service as the library director for more than two decades.
Dedicated to faculty services, Anne conscientiously accommodated faculty suggestions and requests to strengthen the library’s collection and library services to law faculty, respectively. Likewise, Anne was constantly thinking about the students and found countless ways of soliciting feedback in order to make the library a more welcoming and supportive place for each successive generation of students.
Stepping into the role of the new director for the, now, merged Rutgers University Law School Library, is John Joergensen. Beginning in 1996, John was a reference librarian and the head of circulation here in Camden before becoming director of the Newark Law Library in 2012. Here’s a little bit about John, from his faculty profile page:
During his tenure at Rutgers–Camden, Professor Joergensen organized the New Jersey Courtweb Project, which provides free Internet access to the full text of the decisions of the New Jersey Supreme Court and appellate courts, Tax Court, administrative law decisions, U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey decisions, and the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Ethics Committee opinions. His work also included digitizing U.S. congressional documents, the deliberations of state Constitutional Conventions, and other historical records. In 2007 he received the Public Access to Government Information Award from the American Association of Law Libraries and in 2011 was named to the Fastcase 50 as one of the country’s “most interesting and provocative leaders in the combined fields of law, scholarship and technology.”
John will be managing the resources and staff of both the Newark and Camden library locations.
Welcome back, John!