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Library of Congress appoints Tulane Law School alum Roberta Schaffer (L ’80) to Associate Librarian for Library Services

November 10, 2011

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Roberta Schaffer L80

  Roberta I. Shaffer (L'80), Associate Librarian at Library of Congress (Photo/ Library of Congress)
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced Friday (Nov. 4, 2011) that Tulane University Law School graduate Roberta I. Shaffer (L ’80) will assume the post of Associate Librarian for Library Services on January 3, 2012. In this new capacity, Shaffer will oversee more than 1,400 Library of Congress staff who acquire, catalog, preserve, and provide intellectual and physical access to the magnificent collections of the Library of Congress.

"Ms. Shaffer brings a breadth of experience in the Library of Congress and in the broader library community, which will serve us well as we continue to provide a unique set of services to the Congress and to the American people," Dr. Billington stated.

During her tenure, since August 2009, Shaffer has served as the Law Librarian of Congress, positioning the Law Library to assume greater prominence within the global legal community and increasing its participation in Library of Congress strategic initiatives. She will succeed current Associate Librarian for Library Services Deanna Marcum, who has held the post since 2003.

Shaffer has had a distinguished career as a practicing librarian in various settings and as a library science educator. A former Fulbright Senior Scholar, she has been an active member of the American Bar Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, ARMA International (Records Management), and the World Future Society. She is the current president of the International Council of Scientific and Technical Information, serves as the Library of Congress official representative to the Council, and is the former chair of its Information Policy Committee. Further, the Tulane law alum has maintained long-standing advisory positions with the DigIn Program at the University of Arizona, the library science program at San Jose State University, and the Information School at the University of Texas (Austin), where she previously served as dean.

In addition to earning her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School, Shaffer is a graduate of Vassar College and has a master’s degree in library science from Emory University. She did graduate work at American University in arts management and has a certificate in negotiation and mediation from The Harvard Law School. Prior, Shaffer worked in Library Services as the Executive Director of FLICC/FEDLINK.

Source: "Roberta Shaffer New Associate Librarian for Library Services." The Library of Congress. (4 January 2012)  


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