Staff Directory

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Administration Office

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.

Jan Ryan Babbit
Associate Director
(216) 687-6913

J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
M.L.S., Kent State University
B.A., Wittenberg University

Jan works closely with the Library Director in the planning and administration of all library functions, with specific oversight responsibility for budget and facility management, technical services, collection development, and information, research  and instructional services.

Dan Thomas
Assistant Director, Technology Operations
(216) 523-7372

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

Dan 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.

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 Services

Sue Altmeyer
Digital Content & Reference Services Librarian
(216) 687-4894

J.D., Cleveland Marshall College of Law
M.L.I.S., Kent State University
B.S., Ohio State University

Sue develops, manages and organizes Law Library digital content programs, including special collections projects, College of Law publications archive, and College of Law Institutional Scholarship Repository .  Sue provides reference service, classroom research instruction and assistance with faculty course pages. 

Rebecca Mattson
Collection Development/Acquisitions Librarian
(216) 523-7388

J.D., University at Buffalo Law School
M.L.S., University at Buffalo
B.A., University at Buffalo

Rebecca's primary responsibility is collection development, which includes purchasing all library materials and databases with input from the library staff, law faculty, and law students.  She coordinates the faculty allowance program, and she provides reference service and classroom research instruction.

Brian Cassidy
Electronic 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 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.

Laura Ray
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 Law Library instructional programs, manages government documents, advises on collection issues for medical and health care materials, as well as provides classroom research instruction, reference service, and assistance with faculty instructional support.


Access and Faculty Services

Amy Burchfield
Head, Access and Faculty Services  LL113
(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’s responsibilities include managing circulation and access services, providing faculty services to C|M|LAW faculty, supervising the faculty research assistant service, selecting international materials for the library collection, and providing research and reference services to faculty, students and public patrons.

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.

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

B.S., Kent State University

Andres works on keeping the library up to date with all the various loose-leaf filing and also works the Information Services desk on weekends, helping students with miscellaneous tasks including basic research functions and checking in/out of materials.

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.

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.


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


Technical Services

Beth Farrell
Technical Services Librarian
(216) 523-7395

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

Beth supervises the staff and functions involved in 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. 

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.

Lisa Smilnak
Library Media Technical Assistant
(216) 523-7394

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

Lisa assists in preparation of  invoices for law library materials and processing documents,  works on digital projects, and assists as needed at the Information Services Desk.