Staff Directory
Library Administration
Office: Library 325
Phone: 860-570-5109
Darcy Kirk
Associate Dean for Library and Technology, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Dean's Office

Associate Dean Kirk directs all library operations and oversees information systems serving the entire Law School community. In June 2014, Dean Kirk's responsibilities were expanded to include academic affairs.

Office: Library 329
Phone: 860-570-5109
Lisa Ouellette
Program Assistant, Student Employment, Library

Lisa provides support to students regarding on-campus employment, in addition to administrative support for the Law Library administrative office. Her previous employment in college administration includes working at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA; Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA; and Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT.  Lisa holds a B.A. from the College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME.

Library Access Services
Office: Library 321
Phone: 860-570-5016
Jessica Panella
Head of Access Services, Library

As Head of Access Services, Jessica oversees the day-to-day operations of the Access Services Department which includes the main desk, reserve operations, building, stacks and continuations management as well as document delivery/interlibrary loan operations. Jessica holds a B.A. from UConn and a M.L.I.S from Drexel University. 

Office: Library 363
Phone: 860-570-5028
Timothy Dannay
Systems & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Library

Tim is responsible for the implementation and support of library technologies.  Tim also works in the Access Services department to help provide library services to the Law School community. He holds a B.A. from Western New England University and a M.L.I.S. from Simmons College.    

Office: Library 363
Phone: 860-570-5113
Joshua LaPorte
Circulation Desk Supervisor & Library Services Assistant, Library

Working in the access services area, Josh supervises the student employees who staff the front desk, manages course reserves, and oversees collection and stacks maintenance needs.  Prior to the law school Josh worked as a community organizer in Hartford.  Josh holds an ABA Approved Paralegal Certificate from the University of Hartford and a B.A. from Trinity College. Josh is the Vice Chair of the Paralegals Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.  

Office: Library 363
Phone: 860-570-5113
Polya Tocheva
Library Assistant, Library

Polya assists with the management of evening and weekend library operations and circulation activities, including closing the building, helping library patrons, and performing media filing. Polya also teaches upper-level English courses at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Library Acquisitions & Serials
Office: Library 311
Phone: 860-570-5007
Elisabeth Umpleby
Acquisitions/Serials & Collection Development Librarian, Library

Elisabeth leads the collection development team in purchasing all library materials, and manages the day-to-day operations of both the acquisitions and serials units. Elisabeth also assists in providing reference, research, and educational services to the law school community. Prior to managing acquisitions and serials, she was the Head of Access Services from 1999-2006. She holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and an M.L.S from Syracuse University. 

Office: Library 312
Phone: 860-570-5011
Rebecca Bearden
Technical Services Librarian, Library

Rebecca works primarily within acquisitions and serials, by processing and receiving monographic and serial book orders, recordkeeping, and ensuring database integrity, as well as assisting with catalog maintenance and electronic resource management. She provides customer service between the library and vendors for book order and subscription related issues. She holds a B.A. from Eastern Connecticut State University, and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. 

Office: Library 312
Phone: 860-570-5229
Julienne Francisco
Library Assistant, Library

As a serials library assistant, Julienne oversees the receipt and processing of new library material and government documents. She also conducts record maintenance and binding including the preparation of library materials to be sent out to a commercial bindery. In access services, Julienne oversees circulation desk duties, including processing borrowing and lending requests for interlibrary loan. She has a B.S in Communications from University of Connecticut.

Office: Library 224
Phone: 860-570-5161
Glenn Quinlan
Financial Assistant, Library

Glenn provides financial assistance and support to the Law Library administrative and acquisitions/serials departments.

Office: Library 210
Phone: 860-570-5141
Jane Pepe
Administrative Specialist, Library

Jane provides financial and administrative support to the Acquisitions unit maintaining all fiscal records, processing invoices and purchase orders, and managing the library’s vendor accounts. Jane has worked in higher education since 1996, mostly in student financial services. She holds a B.S. from the University of Vermont.

Library Catalog Services
Office: Library 310B
Phone: 860-570-5009
Barbara Plante
Head of Cataloging Services, Library

Barbara coordinates the activities for cataloging and database maintenance. She is responsible for adding to the discovery and access of resources for the integrated library system. Barbara is also a member of the reference team.

Office: Library 310A
Phone: 860-570-5031
Lea Wallenius
Preservation Specialist, Library

As preservation specialist, Lea is responsible for the coordination of archives, special collections, disaster preparedness, in-house binding, and the conservation and preservation planning of library materials.  Lea also participates as part of the cataloging team. Before coming to the Law Library, Lea was a cataloger at the J. Eugene Smith Library at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Library Reference Services
Office: Library 308
Phone: 860-570-5072
Patrick Butler
Electronic Resources & Reference Librarian, Library

Patrick provides formal and informal instruction, reference, and research assistance to the law school community.  Patrick is also responsible for identifying, maintaining, and developing access to electronic resources and exploring and implementing relevant and emerging technologies. He received his J.D. from the UConn School of Law and an M.L.I.S. from St. John’s University.  

Office: Library 304
Phone: 860-570-5081
Anne Rajotte
Reference Librarian, Library

Anne provides general and in-depth reference services, including research assistance and instruction, in all areas of the law.  She oversees the library’s faculty research service, including hiring, training, and supervising the library’s research assistants.  She holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University.  While in law school, Anne was the editor-in-chief of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, and she has also served as a judicial clerk for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court and a civil litigator with a law firm in Connecticut.

Office: Library 330A
Phone: 860-570-5167
Sarah E. Cox
Foreign, International and Comparative Law Librarian, Library

Sarah Cox is the foreign, international and comparative law subject specialist in the Law Library.  She is the primary library liaison for the LL.Ms in the U.S. Legal Studies program, for the members of Connecticut Journal of International Law and the other J.D.s who take foreign and international law courses, as well as carrying out regular reference department duties.  Sarah received her J.D. from UCONN Law, her Masters in Library and Information Studies and a Certificate in Bibliography from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a B.A. and M.A. in European History. 

Office: Library 328
Phone: 860-570-5071
Adam Mackie
Reference Librarian, Library

Adam provides reference and research assistance to library patrons, presents formal and informal research instruction in law school courses, and develops research materials in a variety of formats. Before joining the library staff, Adam worked as a legislative attorney at the Hawaii state capitol and served as a law clerk for the third circuit court located in Hilo. He received his JD and MLISc from the University of Hawaii and earned an LLM in International Business and Economic Law from Kyushu University in Japan.

Office: Library 327
Phone: 860-570-5095
Tanya Johnson
Reference Librarian, Library

Tanya provides reference services, including research assistance and instruction, to all library patrons.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as an editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and her M.L.I.S. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  Prior to her library work, Tanya practiced law at large and mid-size law firms, and was a Deputy Law Clerk for a Justice on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  In May 2016, she received the LITA / Ex Libris Student Writing Award from the Library and Information Technology Association, a Division of the American Library Association, which resulted in the publication of her article, “Let's Get Virtual: An Examination of Best Practices to Provide Public Access to Digital Versions of Three-Dimensional Objects,” in the journal Information Technology and Libraries.