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Associate Dean Carol Roehrenbeck Retires After 17 Years as Director of Law Library

December 07, 2011 – 

During her tenure as Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources, Carol A. Roehrenbeck led the library’s transition from a largely paper-based collection tracked by a series of manual systems and housed in unsatisfactory space to an online-managed collection of major databases, electronic journals, and print publications – all easily accessible in a comfortable and welcoming environment. In fact, Dean Roehrenbeck played a key role in the design of the new Center for Law and Justice, home to the law school and its library since January 2000.

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As Deputy Director Paul Axel-Lute summarized in comments prepared for a reception honoring Roehrenbeck, who is retiring at the end of the semester: “We have a modern library, a digital library, a user-friendly library, an engaged library – thanks to Carol.” Among other achievements, under her stewardship the library has added the HeinOnline, Making of Modern Law, and BNA Premier databases; created the New Jersey Digital Legal Library, whose collections include the Mount Laurel litigation documents; and integrated the work of the librarians more directly into the law school community. She has demonstrated her continuing commitment to the library by starting a library scholarship for Rutgers–Newark law students.

Dean Roehrenbeck earned her B.A. from the University of Delaware, her M.L.S. from Rutgers University, and her J.D. in 1977 from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. She served as head of public services and a legal research instructor at the law school from 1976 to 1979, then went to Nova Southeastern School of Law where she was director of the library and associate professor of law. In 1994 she returned to Rutgers–Newark as Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources and Professor of Law.

In addition to her experience in academic libraries, Dean Roehrenbeck worked for the Federal Reserve Board of New York, the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Association, and Pennie & Edmonds in New York. She has served as a library consultant and as a site inspector for the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, and has been a member of numerous professional committees and associations.

Dean Roehrenbeck is the author of the book Complying with the ADA: Law Library Services and Facilities and numerous articles on topics ranging from legal research to legislative history to blood alcohol evidence. Her works-in-progress include “Annotated Bibliography of Art Law Resources” and “Repatriation of Stolen Art.” She will continue to teach the seminar on art law which she developed.