Laurie Palumbo is the new Technical services Librarian at the Delaware campus. She is responsible for the cataloging and maintenance of the library’s collection. Although Laurie has been cataloging the past eight years in academic and museum libraries, this is her first time working in a law school library. She is excited to learn about this field and be of service to the Widener community.
A native of the Philadelphia suburbs, Laurie’s background is in fine art – she has a BFA from Temple University and a MFA from the Ohio State University. Her passion for learning and sharing information would lead her to library school at Drexel University where she received her MS-LIS.
Now residing in Delaware, Laurie likes to spend her free time with her family, cooking and baking, reading, trying to teach herself to sew, playing super heroes with her son, and taking credit for her husband’s beautiful garden.
Marlisa Beatty’s title is Bookkeeper/Library Assistant. She works in the Library Office keeping accounts with publishers and other vendors up to date, and she also works several Saturdays during each semester at the Circulation Desk. Marlisa grew up in Ridley Township, Delaware County, and majored in Communications Studies at Widener University. Since joining the Library staff in 2005, she has also pursued a master’s degree in liberal arts, which she will receive this year. Her two pit bulls, Isabelle (Izzy) and Roxanne (Roxy) keep her busy at home, but she also likes to travel. She is an enthusiastic Phillies fan, and she is always ready to join a charity walk, especially if it benefits animals. Marlisa likes her job at Widener because of the nice people she works with and the educational benefits the university provides.
Sue Conway, Cataloging assistant in the Legal Information Center, has worked both full time and part time since starting her position in 1987. She says that one of the best things about her job is the flexibility Widener has offered her in changing her work week as the needs of her family changed. Sue grew up in York, PA, and graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor’s degree in library science education. She was a high school and elementary school librarian in PA and NJ. At Widener Sue add records to the online catalog for new books received for both Delaware and Harrisburg libraries. Her husband Frank’s work with the DuPont Co. took them briefly to Puerto Rico and Texas, but they lived in Delaware for many years before recently moving to Landenberg, PA. Their three children now live in Hockessin, DE, Milford, DE, and Pensacola, FL. Sue loves spending time with her four grandsons and also helps keep her church library organized. She and her family especially enjoy being at their house on the Chesapeake Bay near Elk Neck State Park.
Mary Jo Miller, Government Documents/Cataloging Assistant, grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and has been a lifelong Packers fan. She left Green Bay to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology. She worked as a microbiologist in several East Coast locations and also lived in Ohio and California before settling with her husband Greg in Glen Mills, PA, where her third child was born in 1980. She started working in the library in 1990, when most Federal Depository materials arrived as paper copies. Now Mary Jo still checks in the CFR and other paper Depository publications, but she also makes sure that government information is accessible online through the library catalog. She shelves Depository volumes, files microfiche, and does special cataloging projects. Greg is now retired from Scott Paper and also from ARI vehicle fleet suppliers in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Two of their children live in the DC area, and one lives in Philadelphia. They enjoy spending time with their two grandsons near DC and at their condo in Ocean City, MD. For many years Mary Jo has devoted some of her time to knitting afghans and cross-stitching intricate Christmas stockings for her family members. She also works hard as a Democratic committee person in Concord Township.
Noreen Keller, Acquisitions Assistant in the Technical Services area of the Law Library, has worked at Widener since August 2000. She grew up in Marcus Hook, PA, where she lives during part of the year. She spends the summertime in Chester Heights, PA, and is very active with the Chester Heights Camp Meeting. Noreen majored in Special Education at West Chester University and taught school before she had children of her own. Daughter Janell is now studying at Philadelphia Biblical University, and son Nathan studies part-time as a high school senior and part-time as an engineering student at Delaware County Community College. Her husband Bill works with the Salvation Army in Chester, and both are active in the church there. Noreen enjoys teaching the children’s classes and music. Her work at Widener includes ordering, receiving, and claiming books, and the correspondence with vendors that goes with those duties. She likes interacting with vendors on the phone and with her coworkers. At home she also loves to read.
Howard Golde, Serials Assistant in the Law Library, was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Temple University. He was one of the pioneer students at Delaware Law School in its first year of existence before serving two years in the VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program in law-related centers in Washington, DC, and Toledo, OH. He was a member of the third graduating class (1977) of what was to become Widener Law School. After passing the PA bar exam, Howard represented a variety of clients in the Philadelphia area, dealing in negligence, toxic torts, and criminal defense, and worked for a year with Legal Aid in Warren, in the northwestern corner of PA.
Howard spent 29 years doing legal and paralegal work before joining the Widener library staff in 2006. He receives issues of law journals and makes them accessible to users on our shelves. He has been assigned special projects involving shifting of case reporters and recycling of back issues of law journals. He also assists Media Services by checking classroom audiovisual equipment, compiling inventory lists, and transferring tape content to DVDs. Howard lives in Delaware, is a Packers fan, and spends his free time reading, watching PBS documentaries, and listening to music (classical, jazz, and classic rock)
Elsie Klein, Library Assistant in the Law Library, was born and raised in Wilmington. She attended the University of Delaware and married Manny Klein, a well-known local orchestra leader, composer, and piano player. They had two children, and Elsie now has four granddaughters. Manny passed away in 1986. Elsie started working at Widener in 1983 and has worked in the Library since 1985. She does a variety of tasks in the Technical Services area, and she enjoys working with the people on the Library staff. Elsie has a large extended family and many friends with whom she goes to the theater and restaurants. She likes to travel, to play mahjong and cards, and to entertain in her home.
Sara Repinski, Technical Services Team Leader, began working in the Law Library on October 1, 2010. She grew up in Chippewa Falls , Wisconsin, and attended college on two campuses of the state university system: Stout (in Menomonie) and LaCrosse. She majored in history and art, with an emphasis in public history, which deals with presenting history to the public in museums, archives, TV, websites, etc. She earned her master’s degree in library science at the University of South Carolina, and then worked as the director of the library at Southern Methodist College in Orangeburg, SC, for several years. From 2006 to 2010 she worked in the technical services area of the Coleman Karesh Law Library of the University of South Carolina School of Law. She was Director of Technical Services there when she left to join Widener’s staff, where her work involves making sure that bills are paid for the constant flow of new materials for the library, both in print and online. Sara is still a loyal Gamecocks football fan as well as an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She also enjoys watching basketball and hockey. Other interests include cooking and watching competitive cooking shows. She is the proud owner of a home in Cochranville, PA, where she and her two dogs and two cats are still unpacking boxes and settling in.
Kelly Pierce, Interlibrary Loan/Circulation Assistant, is the first staff member in the Public Services area at her desk each morning, signaling the Campus Safety officers to open up the Library for students . She sometimes helps with questions and checking books in or out at the Circulation Desk, but her main job is to send and receive interlibrary loan materials. Kelly grew up in the Wilmington area and graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a major in history. She played the flute in the UD Band and enjoyed traveling with the band as an alumna to march in the New Year’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, on January 1, 2010. After working briefly at Wilmington Trust, she started in her position at Widener in 2001, joining her sister Amy on the Library staff. She likes dealing with the variety of books she sees as she receives and sends out requested books. When she is not at Widener, Kelly may be found shopping at a mall, watching TV or movies, reading, or doing cross stitch. She is a fan of the Harry Potter and Twilight series.
John M. Pachkowski, Esq., Adjunct Reference Librarian is at the Reference Desk every other Saturday during the fall and spring semesters. Not only does John answer questions, but he also files pages in four of the library’s CCH looseleaf reporters. He is well acquainted with Commerce Clearing House publications because during the week he works at home as a writer/analyst for the CCH Federal Banking Law Reporter. John is also part of the CCH Editorial Staff who produce the daily online Bank Digest, which tracks federal policies and regulations. John grew up in central New Jersey, graduated from Temple University, and was in the 1988 class of Delaware Law School, the last class before the school became Widener University School of Law. He worked during summers while in law school at the CCH office in Clark, NJ, and joined the staff after graduation.
After CCH was acquired by Wolters Kluwer in 1996 and closed the New Jersey office, John was able to start working from his home in Concordville, PA, which he shares with his wife, Mary Alice Peeling. He teaches a class for Advanced Legal Research explaining the use of looseleaf resources and the CCH IntelliConnect database. While working at home, John tends to a clowder of cats and his husky-mix Tulip keeps him company. He likes to cook and is renowned for his gourmet dinners to benefit PILA and St. John’s Episcopal Church, but he also enjoys going out to restaurants. John likes helping students and others who come to the Reference Desk on Saturdays because it gives him an opportunity to learn about aspects of law other than banking.