In and Around VAll

It is that time again to bid farewell to a long-time VALL member who is retiring; welcome a new member into our midst; and send good wishes to those who have moved into new positions. Please see below on updates from VALL institutions.

From Gail Warren at the Virginia State Law Library:

On behalf of the Virginia State Law Library, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the newest member of our staff, David Knight.

David joined the law library staff in late October, filling the vacancy created when Ben Almoite left to become the manager of the Henrico Municipal Government & Law Library.

David is no stranger to most of you -- he comes to our library from the Norfolk Law Library, where he worked for over eight years, providing service to attorneys, local court staff and the general public.  Before his transition to law librarianship, he worked for the Newport News Public Library System for sevenyears, earning his M.S.L.I.S. from Catholic University of America in 2004 (while working full time).  


Prior to working in libraries, David managed an independent music store. While at home, he listens to and reads about music, watches the three major sports, and spends time with his wife, Maggie, an instructional technology coach, at their home in Williamsburg.

David will be spending much of his time at the reference desk; his new position also means he is responsible for maintaining the serials in our online library system (journals and loose-leaf services), managing the library’s book binding needs and document delivery services accounting, and assisting Terry with cataloging.


From Donna Bausch at the Norfolk Public Law Library:

Norfolk's legal community has been blessed with an abundance of law library riches.  Starting with a strong tradition of service put into practice by Jean Holcomb and Evelyn Campbell in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Norfolk Law Library has benefited from the contributions of stellar law library professionals.  

David Knight's eight years of exemplary service have been bookended by those of Larry Story.  As many of you know, Larry went to the National Center for State Courts and Virginia Beach Public Library after leaving Norfolk Law Library in 2007, and has recently returned to our staff to sustain the tradition of responsive service to which we continue to aspire. 

Bill Magee and his colleagues at Regent Law serve as an invaluable local resource to which we turn with regularity.  The same goes for Laurie Claywell, Nancy Loewenberg, Jean Tancredi and Cathe Gooding just to name a few in South Hampton Roads who help us cobble together what it takes to get our customers what they need to do their jobs. 

Norfolk's legal community also greatly benefits from the cooperation and collaboration of VALL members in law libraries near and far, as we seek to meet the research needs of our diverse customer base. It takes a VALL village! 

Whether we call ourselves law librarians or legal information professionals, it's results that count.   If our customers continue to call on us and rely on us to meet their legal research needs, we are doing our job.

Because of the dedication and determination of law librarians like Larry and David, Norfolk Law Library will continue to serve our community proudly in the years ahead, as we prepare for a long-awaited move to a new courthouse. 

This is a good time of year to thank the VALL Village and resolve to continue to strengthen the ties that bind law librarians together in common cause.


From Christian & Barton, LLP:

Michelle Wilson is the new librarian at C&B and takes over from longtime VALL member, Jane Bowe, who is retiring (happy retirement, Jane!)

Michelle has a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. Prior to coming to C&B she has been running her own business providing legal practice project management and support services. She was also faculty at VCU teaching paralegal studies and was program director of legal studies (and adjunct faculty) at Bryant & Stratton. 


Michelle lives in the Forest Hills area with her husband and 8-year -old son. We are very happy to have her!  





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