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Law Library Profiles: Michael Slinger
Michael Slinger enthusiastically commits himself to making the law library the heart of the law school community.
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The Challenges of Legal Research
LindenmuthJanet300pxReference/Electronic Services Librarian Janet Lindenmuth came to Widener Law’s Delaware campus in 1991. She had worked at Villanova and Drexel as a cataloguer prior to coming to Widener.

“I was looking stay in an academic library,” she says. “I didn’t necessarily plan to work in a law library, but I’ve enjoyed it. It’s nice because it’s smaller. You really get to know the faculty and administrators, even the students.””

Despite her previous work in cataloguing, she ended up taking a much more direct role in working with patrons here at Widener. “I work at the reference desk, help people with their research, assist faculty, and update the content of the library’s webpage, says Janet, who is also responsible for posting faculty publications on BePress and SSRN and for maintaining the library blog. “We’ve got about three quarters of the faculty publications posted now.”

“I really like helping people with their research questions,” she says of her work, adding, “It is a different sort of research that a lot of people aren’t used to doing. Day-to-day legal research is all done online now and that’s been a major shift. It’s very specialized.”

As Electronic Services Librarian, Janet also enjoys doing technology training and helping people learn to utilize the range of technology available to them. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to do presentations, and says, “I might like the opportunity to do some more teaching.”

“I do enjoy working here. I enjoy working with the students and the faculty both,” concludes Janet.