Law library offers much to UF, community
Compiled by Chantelle McHugh
IMG_1376_4_5_tonemapped As the flagship law library for the state of Florida, the UF Legal Information Center serves not only students, faculty, and the university campus, but the legal community and the general public. With that responsibility, the services provided and the response to the diversity of demands make it necessary for the entire staff to be flexible and engaged in multi-tasking to assist users with research and using library technology.
The LIC is a hub of activity in the College of Law, with students continually consulting with librarians, finding reserve materials and study aids, meeting with study groups, completing research assignments for journals, preparing for classes, and using printers, scanners and copiers.
To make these activities possible for the students, the staff, along with the law-trained librarians, provide a wide array of services to make the library a valuable resource for research and information. Below is an introduction to the LIC staff and how they help develop the library and serve UF Law students. For more information on the available resources, visit http://www.law.ufl.edu/flalaw/2012/08/library-offers-resources-for-students-faculty-and-general-public/.Blunt_Ramona_14 Ramona Blunt, Program Assistant
As the program assistant, Ramona Blunt’s responsibilities include handling day-to-day administrative needs for the associate dean, supporting the rest of the Legal Information Center, and greeting visitors who come to the administrative area of the library. She works closely with and serves the director, associate director, librarians, and staff. Blunt has three children and one grandson.Elizabeth_Cousins_Crop Liz Cousins, Circulation Assistant
As the circulation assistant, Liz Cousin’s responsibilities include supervising the student desk workers in the evenings and ensuring that circulation tasks are accomplished effectively by assisting patrons, managing reserves, attending to maintenance issues and handling whatever issues may arise. She is also involved in the LIC’s Prisoner Letter Project, which attempts to fill inmates’ requests for copies of primary sources. She loves serving students and outside of the library enjoys reading, studying Russian language and culture, and traveling.Kaleita_Joe_04 Joe Kaleita, Digital Assistant
As the digital assistant, Joe Kaleita’s responsibilities include leading the digital scholarship repository. He also works with librarians and faculty to archive faculty scholarship and develop digital library collections. Kaleita primarily works with faculty and librarians but his work is used by the public.Kuecker_Elliot_03 Elliott Kuecker, Stacks Manager
As the stacks manager, Elliott Kuecker’s responsibilities include managing the physical materials and student workers in the library, performing shifting and weeding, assisting in faculty services, assisting the clinics with their library and organizing the law school history archive as it moves to a digital format. Kuecker enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, carpentry, running and backpacking.Lampp_Melba_Crop Melba Lampp, Senior Library Assistant
As a senior library assistant in the collection management department of the law library, Melba Lampp’s responsibilities include inputting invoices into the system, keeping the library’s computer system (ALEPH) correctly updated with tittles and publishing information, inputting microfiche into ALEPH system from all vendors and distributing mail for librarians and staff. Her work ensures that the library’s computer system is correct for public and law school patrons. Lampp has two terrier and beagle mixed dogs and enjoys boating in her free time.OMalley_Elisa_Crop Elisa O’Malley, Circulation Assistant
As the circulation assistant, Elisa O’Malley’s responsibilities include running the daytime circulation and reserve operations of the library, hiring and training student workers, keeping the website updated with library hours and policies and managing study rooms. When she is not serving students and faculty she enjoys Zumba.Perry_Ron_Crop Ron Perry, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
As interlibrary loan coordinator, Ron Perry’s responsibilities include providing interlibrary loan services, which involves managing UBorrow, the lending service between Florida universities and colleges. He also works in retrieval services for faculty and in circulation. Perry spends a lot of time staying active doing yardwork, jogging or cycling.POTTER_SUSY_Crop Susy Potter, Associate University Librarian
As an associate university librarian, Susy Potter’s responsibilities include cataloging and ensuring that records in the online library catalog accurately reflect what resources are available to the users.Prasad_Deepa_Crop Deepa Prasad, Cataloging Assistant
As the cataloging assistant, Deepa Prasad’s responsibilities include cataloging and withdrawing books. Prasad works behind the scenes to serve all library users by processing books to make them shelf-ready and findable for everyone. She speaks four Indian languages and enjoys painting, crafting and cooking.Sturzenbecker_Theresa_Crop Theresa Sturzenbecker, Acquisitions Coordinator
As acquisitions coordinator, Theresa Sturzenbecker’s responsibilities include purchasing materials needed for legal learning, reference and research for the library and faculty. She also processes and manages accounts payable for these purchases. Sturzenbecker is a proud wife and the mother of a UF alumna. She enjoys Zumba and volunteering with the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s program “Operation Catnip,” which offers free spay/neuter and vaccines for unowned, free-roaming cats in Alachua county.Williams_Janet_Crop Janet Williams, Documents and Bindery Coordinator
As the library associate and government documents coordinator, Janet Williams’s responsibilities include maintaining government documents and binding materials for the library. She serves at the reference desk and circulation desk and works with the bindery company on any issues that may occur. Williams enjoys working in her church and spending time with her 13-year-old son.