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Library Administration

Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law and Vice Dean, Library And Information Resources, Harvard Law School; Faculty Director, Berkman Klein Center For Internet And Society; Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
Jocelyn Kennedy, Executive Director
Kevin Garewal, Associate Director for Collections and Administration
Russell Coleman, Building Operations Assistant
Teresa Mosley, Financial Assistant
Vacant, Assistant Director for Outreach and Community Engagement
Gail Fagerstrom Harris, Projects Manager
Theresa Knapp, Executive Assistant & Event Coordinator
Jess Rios, Service Design and Assessment Librarian

Access Services

Brian Sutton, Access Services Manager
Vacant, Collection Management Manager
Melanie Evans, Access Services Coordinator
Ella Galinovsky, Collection Management Specialist
Alethea Jones, Access Services Coordinator
Ryan Miniot, Access Services Coordinator
Nilesh Rana, Collection Management Specialist
Jayvanti Rana, Binding, End Processing, And HD Processing Coordinator

Collection Development

Stephen Wiles, Collection Development Librarian for Foreign, Comparative & International Law
Caroline Walters, Collection Development Librarian for U.S. & the Materials Budget
Gayle Fischer, Librarian for Islamic Law
Mariko Honshuku, Librarian for Japanese Law
Eve Lauria, Islamic Law Library Assistant
Lori Schulsinger, Collection Development Coordinator
QingRong Wei, Library Assistant
Nongji Zhang, Bibliographer for East Asian Law

Continuing Resources & Acquisitions

Elke Piontek, Manager, Continuing Resources And Acquisitions
Erin Britt, Library Assistant
Jennifer Burton, Library Assistant
Vacant, Library Assistant
Todd Moody, Library Assistant
Lori Ellen Rocha, Library Assistant
Patty Sutton, Library Assistant
Maria Woods, Library Assistant

Digital Lab

Vacant, Manager, Digital Strategy for Collections
Jessica Chapel, Librarian/Archivist for Digital Projects
Chris Spraker, Archivist for Special Projects

Electronic Resources & Serials

Laura Morrison-Westphal, Electronic Resources Coordinator

Empirical Research Services

Arevik Avedian, Director of Empirical Research Services

Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Services

Deborah Ginsberg, Manager, Faculty Research and Scholarly Support Services
Anna Martin, Research Services Assistant
Vacant, Library Assistant
Rachel Parker, Faculty Research and Information Delivery Assistant
Sean Bustard, Faculty Research and Information Delivery Assistant

Historical & Special Collections

Karen Beck, Manager, Historical & Special Collections & Rare Books Curator
Edwin Moloy, Curator of Modern Manuscripts
Mary Person, Rare Books Cataloger / Reference Librarian
Lesley Schoenfeld, Public Services & Visual Collections Administrator
Sarah Wharton, Access Services Coordinator

Library Innovation Laboratory

Adam Ziegler, Director
Anastasia Aizman, Web Developer
Catherine Brobston, Outreach and Support
Brennan Chesley, Web Developer
Rebecca Cremona, Web Developer
Jack Cushman, Senior Web Developer
Paul Deschner, Applications Developer
Andrew Silva, Web Developer
Clare Stanton, Communications and Outreach for Perma.cc
Ben Steinberg, DevOps Engineer

Metadata Creation for Professional Schools

Thomas Ma, Cataloging Manager
Dan Belich, Library Assistant
Vacant, Library Assistant
Noah Cohen, Library Assistant
John Hostage, Senior Continuing Resources Cataloger
Olga Strakhov, Library Assistant

Preservation, Conservation, & Digital Imaging

Terri Messina, Conservation Technician

Reference & Research Services

Melinda Kent, Manager, Reference & Research Services
Jennifer Allison, Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law
Maya Bergamasco, Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Librarian
Deanna Barmakian, Research Librarian
Catherine Biondo, Research Librarian
AJ Blechner, Research Librarian & Instructional Designer
Lisa Lilliott Rydin, Research Librarian
Michelle Pearse, Senior Research & Data Librarian
Vacant, Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law

Library Administration

Photo of Jonathan ZittrainJonathan Zittrain

Vice Dean, Library And Information Resources, Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Center For Internet And Society, Professor Of Computer Science, SEAS
a2jz@law
617-496-2108 (Griswold) 617-496-5243 (Langdell)
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Photo of Jocelyn KennedyJocelyn Kennedy

Executive Director
jokennedy@law
617-496-2108
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Jocelyn Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Library, where she oversees the day to day operations and provides strategic leadership for the Library. The HLS Library combines tradition with innovation and is renowned for its unique and exceptional print and electronic collections, its deep historical and archival collections and its expert research and reference staff. In addition, the Library has built programs to assist with curricular support (the Case Studies program), tech development to solve complex information access issues (Perma.cc; H20; Caselaw Access Project), and in-house, large-scale digitization.

Jocelyn is an expert in legal research, management, and working in complex organizations.  She presents on topics related to management, mindfulness, and communication. Jocelyn is a member of the Law Librarians of New England; the American Association of Law Libraries, where she serves as the Chair of the Standing Committee on the Economic Status of Librarians and is a member of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section newsletter committee; and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). Jocelyn is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association.

Prior to joining the Library in 2016, Jocelyn served in leadership positions at UCONN Law and Michigan Law. She is a former clerk for the New Hampshire Trial Court, and worked for a US Congressman prior to attending law school. Jocelyn holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire-Franklin Pierce Law Center, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington.

Kevin Garewal

Associate Director For Collection Development And Digital Initiatives
kgarewal@law
617-496-3292

Vacant

Assistant Director for Outreach and Community Engagement

617-495-8689

Russell Coleman

Building Operations Assistant
rcoleman@law
617-496-2101

Teresa Mosley

Financial Assistant
tmosley@law
617-998-2765

Photo of Gail Fagerstrom HarrisGail Fagerstrom Harris

Projects Manager
gharris@law
617-495-4510

Gail Fagerstrom Harris is our Project Manager overseeing a variety of projects including the Library’s Professional Development Program that ensures our staff keep their skills and knowledge current. She also doubles as an event planner, organizing behind the scenes to make our events run smoothly.

Gail found a love of the law while working for a legal services nonprofit in Gainesville, FL. She holds an A.A. in Psychology, and is a Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM). She loves to craft, garden, cook, and sing to her dog, Miles. She and her dog-trainer partner rescue dogs in their spare time.

Theresa Knapp

Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator
tknapp@law
617-495-5069

Jess Rios

Service Design & Assessment Librarian
jrios@law
617-495-2306

Access Services

Brian Sutton

Access Services Manager
bsutton@law
781-795-2628

Frank Mullaly

Collection Management Manager
mullaly@law
617-496-8264

Melanie Evans

Access Services Coordinator
mevans@law
617-495-4567

Ella Galinovsky

Collection Management Specialist
galinovs@law
617-496-8265

Alethea Jones

Access Services Coordinator
aljones@law
617-496-5510

Ryan Miniot

Access Services Coordinator
jminiot@law
617-496-5510

Ryan Miniot, Access Services Coordinator, joined the Library in 2014. Ryan welcomes visiting library researchers who have questions about access and acquiring materials, answers queries about library access, handles Scan & Deliver services at the Library, and trains and oversees our student workers at the circulation desk. Ryan holds a B.A. in History from Trinity University (Texas), an M.A. in History, and an  M.L.S. from Simmons College. Outside of work, Ryan’s passions include basketball (Go Nets!) and punk rock music.

Nilesh Rana

Collection Management Specialist
nrana@law
617-496-1942

Jayvanti Rana

Binding, End Processing, And HD Processing Coordinator
jyrana@law
617-496-6917

Collection Development

Stephen Wiles on beach in WaikikiStephen Wiles

Collection Development Librarian For Foreign And International Law
wiles@law

 

Caroline Walters smilingCaroline Walters

Collection Development Librarian for U.S. & the Materials Budget
cwalters@law
617-495-5166

Caroline joined the HLS Library in 2012 as the Collection Development Librarian for U.S. Law and Materials Budget, responsible for the selection of U.S. law materials and managing the collections budget. She also leads negotiation for new electronic resources and serves as a coordinator for university-wide negotiations.
Caroline is passionate about consumer advocacy and building partnerships with vendors to create greater discovery of their materials, to ensure preservation of electronic historical legal research, to ensure digital accessibility, and to develop better business practices.
Prior to joining the HLS Library Caroline was the Acquisitions and Serials Librarian at Suffolk University Law Library for many years. Caroline holds a B.A. in English from Suffolk University and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College
She is an active member of AALL, LLNE and NELLCO.

Gayle Fischer

Librarian for Islamic Law
gfischer@law
617-384-8495

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Mariko Honshuku

Librarian for Japanese Law
mhonshuk@law
617-496-4581

Mariko Honshuku, Librarian for Japanese Law is responsible for selecting and managing HLS Library materials for Japanese law and interdisciplinary subject areas in all formats. As a liaison librarian to the East Asian Legal Studies programs at HLS, she provides special research assistance to faculty, students, and visiting scholars including reference, research consultation, bibliographic instruction, and assistance with interlibrary loan. She is also responsible for creating library collection analysis reports using the Harvard Cognos Library Reporting System. Mariko has served on several committees and working groups for the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) and the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL). She holds an M.L.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science and an M.M. in Organ Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music. In her spare time, Mariko enjoys learning new programing languages.

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Eve Lauria

Islamic Law Library Assistant
elauria@law
617-495-3871

Eve Lauria is the Islamic Acquisitions Assistant, responsible for ordering, receiving, and cataloging Middle Eastern, North African, and Islamic Law, primarily in Islamic and Persian. Eve studied Psychology, Religion, and Women’s Studies at Oberlin College and holds an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  She is currently serving as a Board member and long-time volunteer at Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, she sings in her church choir, and spends the rest of her free time reading.

Photo of Lori SchulsingerLori Schulsinger

Collection Development Coordinator
lschulsinger@law
617-495-3827

Lori joined the HLS Library in 2006 and is our Collection Development Coordinator. In her role, Lori supports two bibliographers, monitors the library materials budget, and co-administers the HLS Library wiki page. Lori holds a B.S. in Marketing from Syracuse University and actively participates in several library teams/committees. In her spare time, Lori volunteers at Food Link, a food rescue organization, and the Road to Recovery-American Cancer Society, where she provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer.

QingRong Wei

Library Assistant
qwei@law

Photo of Nongji ZhangNongji Zhang

Bibliographer For East Asian Law
zhang4@law
617-495-4016

Nongji Zhang, Ph.D., Bibliographer for East Asian Law, has been with the Library since 1990, first as a library assistant before moving into her current position. Before working for HLS, Nongji was a researcher at the Institute of Science and Technology Policy and Management at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. When in China, she did research on science and technology law and provided legal services to local high tech companies.

As an area studies librarian at HLS, Nongji provides research services to faculty members and research consultations to faculty, students, and other patrons. She selects and manages Chinese and Korean law materials for the Library. A 2004 Douglas W. Bryant Fellowship recipient, Nongji has published works on Chinese law and library collection development including Resources on East Asian Law in the United States (1 J. of East Asian & Int’l L. 311). Her forthcoming book, The Pioneer Legal Schools and Their Scholarship in the People’s Republic of China, will be published by the East Asian Legal Studies Program. Nongji received a Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University, a M.L.S. from Simmons College, and an LL.M. from Peking University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photographing, gardening, and crafting.

Continuing Resources & Acquisitions

Elke Piontek

Manager, Continuing Resources And Acquisitions
epiontek@hbs
617-496-2105

Erin Britt

Continuing Resources & Acquisitions Library Assistant
ebritt@law
617-495-4002

Erin Britt joined the library in 2014. In her role as the Continuing Resources & Acquisitions Library Assistant, she is responsible for the receipt and payment of continuing resources. Prior to joining the HLS Library Erin worked as an Assistant Catalog Librarian at a rare book library and prior to that as a Technical Services Project Coordinator at a software company. Erin holds an M.L.I.S. from Simmons College and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Saint Michael’s College. In her spare time, Erin enjoys teaching and practicing yoga.

Jennifer Burton

Library Assistant
jburton@law
617-495-3172

Vacant

Library Assistant
617-495-3857

Todd Moody

Library Assistant
tmoody@law
617-495-3871

Lori Ellen Rocha

Library Assistant
lrocha@law
617-495-4489

Patty Sutton

Acquisitions Assistant
pross@law
617-495-3737

Patty Sutton, Acquisitions Assistant, secures rush orders for our patrons, orders monograph and monograph series, communicates with vendors, and connects other departments with technical services. She holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Washington, and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. Patty is fluent in French, is familiar with Spanish, and can transliterate Cyrillic alphabets. Prior to her work at Harvard, Patty was a bank teller and taught French to middle school students. Patty grew up in Alaska, enjoys running marathons and rock climbing, and reads math history books in her spare time.

Maria Woods

Library Assistant
mwoods@law
617-495-4002

Digital Lab

Vacant

Manager, Digital Strategy For Collections
617-495-5139

Jessica Chapel

Librarian/Archivist for Digital Projects
jchapel@law
617-384-7712

Chris Spraker

Archivist for Special Projects
cspraker@law

Electronic Resources & Serials

Laura Morrison-Westphal

Electronic Resources Coordinator
lmorrison@law
617-495-3829

Empirical Research Services

Photo of Arevik AvedianArevik Avedian

Director of Empirical Research Services
aavedian@law
617-495-5268

Arevik Avedian is the Director of Empirical Research Services (ERS). ERS provides empirical research support for the Harvard Law School faculty. Arevik is a Lecturer on Law at HLS, teaching quantitative methods. She holds a Ph.D. in World Politics and Methods, an M.A. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, and a dual B.A/M.A., summa cum laude, in International Relations from David Anhaght University of Armenia. Before joining HLS, she taught courses on statistics and international relations at University of California, Riverside and California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on armed conflict, inequality and corporate governance. Some of her current methodological interests include geographic information systems (GIS), text mining and location analytics.

Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Services

Deborah Ginsberg

Manager, Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Services
617-495-8689

Vacant, Librarian For Open Access Initiatives & Scholarly Communication
@law
617-495-4492

Anna Martin

Research Services Assistant
amartin@law

Rachel Parker

FRIDA Assistant
rparker@law
617-496-2124

Rachel Parker supports the Faculty Research and Information Delivery Assistance (FRIDA) service, providing research support to Faculty and SJD students. She also supports the Faculty Bibliography Project and helps coordinate Faculty Book Talk events. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons School of Library and Information Science. Prior to her work as FRIDA Assistant Rachel worked at Houghton Library and the Harvard Botany Libraries.

Vacant

FRIDA Journal and Research Assistants for Hire Coordinator
617-496-3895

Historical & Special Collections (HSC)

Karen Beck Karen Beck

Manager, Historical & Special Collections & Rare Books Curator
kbeck@law
617-496-2107

 

Karen Beck is the Harvard Law School Library’s Manager of Historical & Special Collections. “HSC” is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing historical materials in all formats with researchers around the world. Karen contributes to the HLS Library’s social media, and helps plan and participate in outreach activities to connect students, faculty, and the broader community with the library’s collections and services. She has worked in academic law libraries in many capacities, including reference and research services, instruction, and collection development. Karen is an active member of Harvard’s special collections community, and is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, Law Libraries of New England, and the Rare Books and Manuscript section of the American Library Association. She has a BA in English from Pomona College, a JD from the University of Southern California, and a Masters in Library Science from UCLA. Away from the library, Karen loves to dance, kayak, visit museums, and walk through the Public Garden.

Edwin Moloy

Curator Of Modern Manuscripts
emoloy@law
617-496-8080

Photo of Mary PersonMary Person

Rare Books Cataloger / Reference Librarian
person@law
617-495-3258

Mary Person, Rare Books Cataloger and Reference Librarian, catalogs rare books and early manuscripts, making them accessible to the world. Mary also provides research support and expertise to researchers in our Historical & Special Collections (HSC). She specializes in early English legal works, execution broadsides, French customary law, and early printing and publishing in general. She is also an expert on HSC’s byzantine system of call numbers and shelving arrangements. Mary was a pastry chef for several years before she joined HLS Library in 1987. She holds a B.A. in History and Anthropology from Marlboro College, an M.L.S. from Simmons, and has also taken a number of courses at Rare Book School at Columbia and University of Virginia. Mary reads French, Spanish, and some Latin. Away from the Library, Mary is a passionate gardener and walker, and loves being outdoors.

Lesley Schoenfeld

Public Services & Visual Collections Administrator
lschoenf@law
617-495-4689

Sarah Wharton

Access Services Coordinator
swharton@law
617-496-4616

Library Innovation Lab

Adam Ziegler

Director
aziegler@law
617-496-1233

Anastasia Aizman

Web Developer
aaizman@law
617-386-1129

Catherine Brobston

Outreach and Support
cbrobston@law

Brennan Chesley

Web Developer
bchesley@law

Rebecca Cremona

Web Developer
rcremona@law
617-496-5232

Jack Cushman

Senior Web Developer
jcushman@law
617-495-5106

Paul Deschner

Applications Developer
deschner@law
617-384-9799

Andrew Silva

Web Developer
asilva@law
617-495-5277

Clare StantonClare Stanton

Communications and Outreach for Perma.cc
cstanton@law
617-384-6776

Clare joined the Library Innovation Lab (LIL) in 2018. She leads the way in exploring and expanding the user group of Perma.cc, a service that creates indelible links for web citation. Prior to joining LIL, Clare worked at The Forum for Growth and Innovation, a research community lead by Professor Clay Christensen at Harvard Business School. Clare holds a B.A. in Art History from Wake Forest University and is an M.S. student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science.

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Ben Steinberg

DevOps Engineer
bsteinberg@law
617-495-1268

Ben Steinberg, DevOps Engineer, joined our Library Innovation Lab (LIL) in 2016. Ben holds a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.S. from Simmons College. Prior to HLS, Ben worked at the Brookline Public Library and Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication.

Metadata Creation for Professional Schools

Thomas Ma

Cataloging Manager
tma@law
617-496-2109

Tom Ma, Cataloging Manager, holds an M.A. and an M.L.I.S. Tom first worked for Harvard libraries in 1999.

Dan Belich

Library Assistant
dbelich@law
617-998-2608

Vacant

Library Assistant
617-496-9755

Noah Cohen

Library Assistant VI
ncohen@law
617-496-3793

Noah Cohen, Library Assistant VI, is responsible for cataloging and monograph receipts. Noah holds a B.A. in Classical Languages from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Classical Philology from Harvard University, and knows ancient and modern Greek, Latin, and German.

Photo of John HostageJohn Hostage

Senior Continuing Resources Cataloger
hostage@law
617-495-3974
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John Hostage, Senior Continuing Resources Cataloger, joined the Library in 1982 and is responsible for cataloging serials, loose-leaf publications, various electronic resources, training catalogers in the creation of authority records and reviewing their work, as well as solving cataloging problems.

In addition to his work at the library, John is actively involved with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), is a former chair of AALL Cataloging and Classification Committee, formerly served on the International Federation of Library Archives (IFLA) Cataloging Section, and IFLA Classification and Indexing Section.

John holds a B.A. from Columbia University, and M.A.s in German and Library Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He received the Renee D. Chapman award from AALL in 2014. John speaks German fluently, as well as French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian.

Olga Strakhov

Library Assistant
ostrakhov@law
617-495-5045

QingRong Wei

Library Assistant
qwei@law

Preservation, Conservation, & Digital Imaging

Terri Messina

Library Assistant
tmessina@law617-496-7296

Reference & Research Services

Photo of Mindy KentMelinda Kent

Manager, Reference & Research Services
mkent@law
617-495-4454
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Mindy Kent, Manager, Research Services, manages our team of research librarians and enjoys helping faculty and students with research questions herself. She particularly likes questions about legal history. Mindy holds a B.A. in History from Yale College, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and she is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. She has some reading knowledge of French and has done coursework in Russian, Latin, Attic Greek, and Old English. Mindy is involved with the American Association of Law Libraries and the Law Librarians of New England, of which she is a past president. Prior to joining the HLS Library in 1998, Mindy practiced corporate law in Boston. Her second, concurrent career is Chief of Staff for an extremely busy terrier. Her hobbies include genealogy, hiking, knitting, sewing, and restoring vintage toy sailboats. Mindy’s super power is walking and reading (usually murder mysteries) at the same time.

Jennifer Allison smilingJennifer Allison

Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, & International Law
jallison@law
617-495-4543
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Jennifer Allison has served as a Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law at the Harvard Law Library since 2012. She specializes in German-language jurisdictions, and has responsibilities for both research and collection development. She earned her J.D. from Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California in 2007 and is admitted to the California bar (inactive status). She also holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science (San Jose State University, 2010), and an LL.M. from the University of Würzburg in Germany (2018). The topic of her LL.M. thesis was the protection of fundamental rights in cases of privatization of public functions and services under the German Basic Law. She returns to Würzburg regularly as a visiting lecturer to teach substantive courses in U.S. law, including criminal procedure, administrative law, remedies, and alternative dispute resolution. Her scholarly interests include social justice, correctional law, critical legal studies, the intersection of law and language, and the navigation of the acculturation process by foreign students. In her spare time, she likes to watch and play ice hockey.

Maya Bergamasco smilingMaya Bergamasco

Reference Librarian
Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Librarian
mbergamasco@law
617-496-1059

Maya Bergamasco, Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Librarian, provides reference and research support to the Harvard Law School community. She is the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Resident Librarian for 2019-2021. Maya holds a B.A. in English literature with a concentration in creative writing. She received her M.L.I.S. with a concentration in user instruction from Simmons University, where she was an American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar. Maya’s research interests include critical data studies, digital scholarship, and community outreach and engagement. She has intermediate proficiency in Spanish, and has studied Russian and Korean. In her free time, she works as a community organizer, plays ultimate Frisbee, and visits local bookstores.

My LinkedIn is https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayabergamasco/

Photo of Deanna BarmakianDeanna Barmakian

Research Librarian
dbarmakian@law
617-496-2129
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Deanna Barmakian, Research Librarian, provides research and reference support to our faculty, students, and staff. Deanna holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, a J.D. from Boston University and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons. Deanna first joined the Library in 1997, left in 2006, and happily returned in 2017. She gets a charge out of helping researchers find sources they might not have found otherwise. She has learned (and mostly forgotten) French, Italian, and Spanish and is currently trying her hand at Korean. She has participated in law librarian professional organizations at the local and national level, chairing and serving on many committees. Outside of work, she’s hanging out with her retired HLS librarian husband and her two over-scheduled sons.

Catherine Biondo

Research Librarian
cbiondo@law
617-495-4531
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Catherine Biondo, Research Librarian, joined the Library in 2018.

Prior to becoming a librarian, Catherine practiced law in New York and was a research law clerk for the Connecticut Superior Court. Catherine holds an A.B. in Government from Cornell University, a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, and an M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College. She is active in the Law Librarians of New England – where she currently serves as President – and the American Association of Law Libraries. She is a member (inactive) of the New York and Connecticut bars.

Photo of AJ BlechnerAJ Blechner

Research Librarian & Instructional Designer
ablechner@law
617-495-9491
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AJ Blechner is the Library’s Research Librarian and Instructional Designer. They coordinate and participate in teaching legal research, lead the design and development of instructional materials and assess our teaching and educational needs and offerings. AJ’s research specialties include Disability Law, Gender and Sexual Minorities Law, Cyberlaw, Intellectual Property, Health Law, Administrative Law, Political Communication, and Instructional Design.

AJ holds a B.A., cum laude, from Emerson College, a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, and an M.L.I.S. with a Special Certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. They also received a certificate in Learning Design and Technology from the Harvard Extension School. AJ is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, chairing the SR-SIS Standing Committee on Disability Issues and serving on the Government Relations Committee. AJ publishes and presents on library instruction, sexuality and gender, and disability and inclusion. In their spare time, AJ participates in volunteer work and community activism. They hike, ski, and camp in the New England woods, and are an avid board gamer and Marvel movie enthusiast.

Lisa Lilliott RydinLisa Lilliott Rydin

Research Librarian
lrydin@law
617-496-2123
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Lisa Lilliott Rydin, Research Librarian, provides research support to library patrons, teaches research skills and strategy to students, and serves as Library Liaison to designated faculty members, clinics, and journals. She specializes in business, corporate, and tax-related research.  Lisa holds a B.A. in Economics and Government from Colby College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Lisa joined the Reference & Research Services team full-time after three years serving in a variety of roles at Harvard including Reference, Faculty Services, and Scholarly Communications, while completing her M.L.I.S. Before librarianship, Lisa had a career as an ERISA/Employee Benefits attorney. She began her career at Goodwin & Procter (now Goodwin Procter) and Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale) and then moved in-house, spending the majority of her career in the financial services industry focusing on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. Lisa is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Law Librarians of New England, and the Special Libraries Association. Lisa likes to unwind with a good mystery book and currently recommends Louise Penny and Tana French as her authors of choice.

Michelle Pearse

Senior Research & Data Librarian
mpearse@law
617-496-2102
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Michelle Pearse, Senior Research and Data Librarian, focuses on research assistance generally and data-related research. She has a wide range of library experience across subject areas and functions (often including emerging areas of library activities), and has growing expertise on finding and working with data.

Throughout her career, Michelle has been active in professional organizations. She is currently co-chair of the Communications and Technology Committee and a member of the Government Relations Committee in Law Librarians of New England. She has chaired American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) committees, including the Indexing and Placements and Grants Committees. She served on the Local Arrangements Committees the last two times that the AALL annual meeting has taken place in Boston. In addition, she co-chaired an AALL Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section task force that write a report on scholarly communication issues in libraries. Michelle is also involved in government relations including advocacy and education around the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA).

In addition, Michelle serves on university committees and task forces, most recently those related to data acquisitions, accessibility of web archives, and e-resources selection. She co-founded the Data Discussion group at Harvard Library.

Michelle has published in the Michigan Law Review and Law Library Journal. In addition to her own presentations on topics related to collection development, open access, and data, she has helped organize programs such as Implementing the Durham Statement: Best Practices for Open Access Law Journals and Law.gov.

Michelle joined the Library in 2003. Her previous positions at HLS include Research Librarian for Open Access & Scholarly Communication, Bibliographer for Anglo-American Law, and a stint in our collection services department in the late 1990s. She has worked for the Boston Public Library, Emmanuel College Library, Northeastern University School of Law Library and the University of Connecticut School of Law Library.

Michelle holds an M.L.S. and J.D., and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. She has a dual B.A. in English and Political Science, and studied abroad at Oxford University during her undergraduate years. She has reading knowledge of French. Follow her on Twitter at @aabibliographer.

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