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Commencement 2015

Fast Facts

RWU Law partners with the Alpert Medical School of Brown Medical School and the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy in the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership for Children.  This unique collaboration offers legal services to low-income families at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

First Impressions

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Raquel M. Ortiz, Assistant Dean for Library & Information Services; Associate Professor of Law.
Manages all aspects of the law library. She is a member of the faculty. B.A., Harvard College, 1988; M.S.L.S., Simmons College, 1991; J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1998.

Access & Research Services

Lucinda Harrison-Cox, Associate Law Librarian
Directs Access and Reference services, coordinates and monitors the library's access to and training for electronic resources, and serves as systems manager for the library's Innovative Interfaces computer system. B.A., Rutgers University, Camden, 1979; J.D., Washington and Lee University, 1982; M.S., Catholic University, 1990.

Nicole Dyszlewski, Research/Access Services Librarian
Provides legal reference services to faculty, students, and members of the legal community. Coordinates first-year training, library orientation, and provides informational and instructional sessions, lectures, and workshops. She maintains the library’s blog and prepares research guides and other informational materials. B.A., Hofstra University, 2000; J.D., Boston University, 2004; M.L.I.S., University of Rhode Island, 2010.

Thelma Dzialo, Access Services Coordinator
Processes all Interlibrary Loan requests and performs Circulation Desk services, including maintaining the Reserve Collection and preparing materials to be placed on Course Reserve, hires and trains student library assistants, and performs administrative tasks for the library. B.S., Roger Williams University, 2011.

Phyllis A. O'Neill, Technology/Access Services Assistant
Oversees the computer labs, provides assistance with resolving computer related problems, hires and trains student computer lab assistants, performs Circulation Desk services, assists with maintaining the Library and School of Law faculty webpages, and performs administrative tasks. A.S., Bristol Community College, 1987; B.A., Roger Williams College, 1991; Certificate, Client/Server Technology, Bryant College, 2000.

Collection Services

Stephanie Edwards, Collection Services Librarian
Supervises Collection Services Department staff and services. She also plays a significant role in collection development, including gifts, and assists at the Reference Desk. B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1978; M.A., 1982, Ph.D., 1987, Bryn Mawr College; M.S., Drexel University, 1994.

Kathleen MacAndrew, Catalog Librarian
Supervises and is responsible for cataloging, classification, authority control and quality of the library’s bibliographic records. She also assists at the Reference Desk. B.A., Cal. State University, Long Beach, 1981; M.L.S., Simmons College, 1987.

Acquisitions & Digital Resources Librarian
Supervises and is responsible for new orders of library materials, serials control, and payment of invoices for all new and standing orders. She also assists at the Reference Desk.

Richard Segel, Collection Services Assistant
Sorts, checks in and processes periodicals, newspapers, microfiche and other serials, and routes serials to faculty and staff. He also maintains the microfiche collection. B.S., Roger Williams College, 1981.