Staff Directory


Lauren M. Collins

Law Library Director & Associate Professor of Law
(216) 687-3547

J.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Master of Science in Information (MSI), University of Michigan

Lauren is responsible for all aspects of law library administration including the selection and retention of staff; collection development; library services, budget administration and policy planning. In addition, she oversees technology services in the College of Law including desktop, classroom, and server support. She is a member of the faculty.



Research and Instructional Services

Amy Burchfield

Head of Research & Instructional Services
(216) 687-6885

Email: a.burchfieldnull@csuohio.nulledu

J.D., The Ohio State University
M.L.I.S., Kent State University
M.A., Kent State University
B.A., Juniata College

Amy oversees research, reference, and instructional services to faculty, students, and public patrons. Amy participates in classroom research instruction, provides reference service, and coordinates the library's fall orientation program. She also contributes to our research guides and blog and participates in collection development. 

Brian Cassidy

Student Services Librarian
(216) 523-7364

Email: b.e.cassidynull@csuohio.nulledu

J.D., University of Dayton School of Law
M.L.I.S., Kent State University
B.S. Southern Connecticut State University

Brian develops and coordinates student outreach in all forms, including social media, library events, and student surveys and contests. Brian manages CALI, LexisNexis, Westlaw and other database services for College of Law students and faculty. He also coordinates our research guides, blog and other web content, and provides reference service and classroom research instruction.

Edward Koltonski 

Technology & Research Services Librarian
(216) 523-7388

Email: e.koltonskinull@csuohio.nulledu

M.L.I.S, Kent State University 
M.A., Kent State University
B.A. Kent State University

Edward provides software, hardware, and technical support for faculty, staff and students. He assists with troubleshooting, installing updates, maintaining equipment, and recording audio/video for Law School events. Edward works with vendors to troubleshoot electronic resources. He also provides reference services and classroom research instruction. 

Laura Ray

Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian
(216) 687-6880

Email: l.raynull@csuohio.nulledu

M.L.S, Case Western Reserve University
M.A, Cleveland State University
B.A., Cleveland State University

Laura coordinates outreach to various local communities, including CSU colleges and organizations, paralegals, the medical-legal community, alumni, and CLE organizers. She also coordinates library instructional programs, provides classroom research instruction, contributes to our research guides, advises on collection issues for medical and health care materials, and provides reference service.

Information Technology

Eric Domanski

Systems/Data Administrator
(216) 523-7391

Eric provides computer support for faculty and law school staff. He has specific responsibility for supporting student PCs, the computer lab, and related technology needs. Eric is also a primary contact for the creation of email accounts and lists.

Rick Zhang

Systems/Web Administrator
(216) 687-4574

M.S., Kent State University
B.S., Kent State University

Rick provides primary support for web site design, development, and maintenance. He also manages server and domain network systems for law faculty and staff, as well as installing and upgrading hardware and software on law school computers.

Access and technical Services

Beth Farrell

Head of Access and Technical Services
(216) 523-7395

M.L.S., Kent State University
B.S., Kent State University

Beth manages all aspects of access and technical services. Her access services responsibilities include oversight of circulation, interlibrary loan, course reserves, and stack maintenance. Her technical services responsibilities include administration of the library materials budget and the ordering, processing, and cataloging of the print and electronic resources that comprise our library's collection.

Jon Elias

Purchasing, Access and Technical Services Coordinator
(216) 687-2483

B.A., Cleveland State University

Jon manages the circulation desk during the day and assists patrons with the use of law library materials. Under the direction of the Access and Faculty Services Librarian, Jon provides reference and research services to CSU|Law faculty.

Tom Hurray

Evening/Weekend Supervisor
(216) 523-7396

B.A., Cleveland State University
Paralegal Certification-Hammel College

Tom is in charge of Interlibrary Loan, and his specialties include OhioLINK and stack maintenance. He assists patrons with the use of law library materials or other library related questions. As evening/weekend supervisor, he manages nighttime library operations.

Margo L. Mathis

Library Media Technical Assistant
(216) 687-2250

B.A., Case Western Reserve University

Margo assists patrons at the Information Services desk, coordinates processing of materials for the law review organizations, processes alumni and Ohio Bar borrower cards, completes patron requests for main library materials, updates loose leaf materials as needed, and assists with collection maintenance, weeding and shifting projects.

Lisa Smilnak

Digital Content & Special Collections Librarian
(216) 523-7394

M.L.I.S., Kent State University
B.A., Kenyon College

Lisa manages the workflow for adding CSU|LAW journals and faculty publications to the school’s institutional repository, EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University. She also preserves, catalogs, and digitizes items in the library’s Special Collections, including historical print, audio, and video materials. Lisa also serves as the library's government documents coordinator.

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