Suzanne Thorpe (’89) Elected to AALL Executive Board
DECEMBER 14, 2011—Suzanne Thorpe (’89), Law School professor of legal research instruction and associate director for faculty and research services at the Law Library, was recently elected to the executive board of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). She will begin her three-year term in July 2012.
Thorpe earned a B.A. in Scandinavian studies and an M.A. in library science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, then worked at Hamline University Law Library and Hennepin County Law Library before joining the Law Library in 1987 and completing her J.D. at the Law School in 1989.
Her interest in Scandinavian studies was a welcome bonus at the Law School, which in 1983 started an exchange program with Sweden’s Uppsala University Faculty of Law. Thorpe was soon working closely with the Uppsala law librarians. In 1999-2001, Thorpe was awarded the inaugural Caroline Brede Scholarship, endowed by and named for the late law librarian and 64-year employee of the Law School, which allowed her to pursue her research on online legal databases and resource guides in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. In 2005 and 2008 she taught Introduction to American Law at Uppsala through the exchange program. She has continued her relationship with Uppsala’s law librarians for more than 20 years and is responsible for collecting Scandinavian legal materials for the Law Library.
Well known for her capabilities in legal research and its instruction in addition to library administration, Thorpe published Minnesota Legal Research (Carolina Academic Press) in 2010, a practical guide for students, paralegals, and librarians on where to find and how to use resources on Minnesota law.
Thorpe is a long-time member of AALL and the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries (MALL). She is a former president of MALL and serves on its Legal Research Institute committee, formed to provide CLE sessions on legal research methodology. In October she gave an institute presentation on techniques for finding and using legal publications issued by federal administrative agencies.
AALL was founded in 1906 to foster the profession of law librarianship and provide leadership in the field of legal information. It now has more than 5,000 members from law schools, law firms, corporate legal departments, courts, and government agencies. Among its goals are ensuring lifelong learning for its members and enhancing availability of current and historic legal information in a constantly changing legal environment.