Staff Directory

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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
B.A., Howard University

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.

Jo Ann Carpenter
Purchasing Agent/Administrative Assistant
(216) 523-7345

B.A., University of Oklahoma

Jo Ann manages the library's purchasing functions, coordinates facility management needs, and performs administrative duties to support the smooth operation of the Director's office.

Research and Instructional Services

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

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 also participates in classroom research instruction.

Brian Cassidy
Student Services Librarian
(216) 523-7364

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 Bloomberg Law, 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.

Andres Garcia
Library Assistant (part-time)
(216) 687-2250

B.S., Kent State University

Andres assists with educational technology and digital initiatives projects. Andres also works the Information Services desk on weekends, helping students with miscellaneous tasks including basic research functions and checking in/out of materials.

Neeri Rao
Faculty Services Librarian
LL 117
(216) 523-7388

M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., New York University
J.D., Columbia University
B.A., Georgetown University

Neeri manages library services to law faculty and supervises the work of the library research assistants. Neeri also provides reference service and classroom research instruction.

Laura Ray
Outreach & Instructional Services Librarian
(216) 687-6880

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 and teaches instructional programs, advises on collection issues for medical and health care materials, and provides reference service to faculty, students, and public patrons.


Information Technology

Jeffrey Ahrendt
Manager, Technology Operations
(216) 523-7372

M.Ed., University of Missouri-Columbia
B.S., Kent State University
B.S., Stonehill College

Jeffrey is responsible for the College’s IT functions, including faculty, staff and student computing, the College's web site, and training and support for classroom technology. He also supervises the work and services provided by the C|M|LAW IT Staff.

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 network systems for law faculty and staff, as well as installing and upgrading hardware and software on law school computers.

Clifford Maslovsky
Technology Support Specialist
(216) 523-7235

B.G.S., Youngstown State University

Cliff supports faculty and staff with desktop computing issues. He also provides assistance with classroom technology and media recording and production services.


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 stacks maintenance. Her technical services responsibilities include supervision of receiving, processing, cataloging and maintaining the print and electronic resources that comprise our library's collection.

Cassandra D. Baker
Library Associate
(216) 523-7397

Cassandra’s responsibilities include copy cataloging of library materials, updating and maintaining records in the online catalog, processing and maintenance of serial titles for the Law Library collection,and preparing materials for bindery.

Jon Elias
Circulation Supervisor
(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 C|M|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.

Sean Kennedy
Library Associate
(216) 523-7306

B.A., John Carroll University

Sean's responsibilities include copy cataloging of library materials, updating and maintaining records in the online catalog, receiving and sorting all Law Library mail and deliveries, and processing serials and monographs.

Margo L. Mathis
Library Media Technical Assistant
(216) 687-2250

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
Library Media Technical Assistant
(216) 523-7394

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

Lisa checks in and processes library materials, updates and maintains records in the online catalog, works on digital projects, and assists as needed at the Information Services Desk.