Joan Stringfellow

Instructional Associate Professor of Law; Head of Technical and Electronic Services, Dee J. Kelly Law Library

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“If you catalog it, they will come.”

Get to Know Joan Stringfellow

What drew you to law librarianship?

I started working for the law school in 1993 as the receptionist. A few months later I was offered a position in the library. I was hooked! I then began my journey by getting my undergraduate and master’s degrees. I have been a librarian since 2002 and it has been very rewarding. It doesn’t hurt that I have an ongoing interest in all things law!

What do you enjoy most about law librarianship?

I really enjoy being a part of the student’s journey to become successful in law school and then in their careers! I also enjoy that my day is filled with a variety of tasks and every day is different! Especially regarding technology, I am always learning something new.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

Of course, my family! I also love photography and travel. Luckily, they complement each other. When I can’t travel, I enjoy all different genres of movies.

Publications

Link to my publications.

Presentations

Presentations are listed on my CV.

Expertise

  • Law librarianship
  • Information organization (law cataloging)
  • Library technology

Academic Experience

  • Associate Instructional Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)
  • Associate Professor and Law Librarian
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2009-2013)
  • Associate Professor and Interim Associate Director of the Law Library
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (Summer 2009)
  • Assistant Professor and Law Librarian
    Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (2002-2008)

Education

  • M.S.L.S., University of North Texas
    • Law Librarianship Program of Study
  • B.S., Texas Wesleyan University, cum laude
    • Paralegal Certificate

Other Professional Activities

Professional Memberships

  • Member, SWALL Handbook Committee, February 2013-present
  • Member, AALL Price Index for Legal Publications Committee, 2012-2014
  • Member, AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section, 2010-present
  • Member, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), 2002 – present
  • Member, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL), 2002 – present
  • Member, AALL Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section, 2002 – present
  • Member, AALL Online Bibliographic Special Interest Section, 2002 – present
  • Member, AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section, 2002 – present

Professional Membership Leadership Roles

  • Vice-Chair, AALL Academic Law Library Special Interest Section, Nominations Committee, 2012-2013
  • Chair, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries Grants Committee, 2010-2011
  • Chair, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries Grants Committee, 2007-2008
  • Chair, American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Grants Committee, 2005-2006
  • Treasurer, Unicorn Users Group International Executive Committee, 2004-2005
  • Acting Chair/Moderator, Law Unicorn Users Group Meeting, July 13, 2004