May 5, 2009
Mark Giangrande Joins LLB as Co-Editor
I'm happy to announce that Mark Giangrande (DePaul) has joined LLB as a co-editor to help with the daily grind that is blogging. Mark contributed to this blog in its early days before moving over to Tech Law Prof Blog to serve as editor. You can still see him reporting on IT legal and industry developments there.
I've know Mark for almost 30 years. We go way back to the days when he worked the Reference Desk at Chicago-Kent Law Library while I was a law firm librarian in Chicago. Back then, Chicago-Kent was the phone number to dial whenever law firm librarians needed help, real help in real time. Mark received is JD from Chicago-Kent and library-information science degree from the University of Texas-Austin, where he served as a Tarlton fellow under Roy Mersky's tutelage.
Mark was the first law librarian I met who really got it about IT in the early 1980's. He made me pay attention to what was then a "disruptive" development and I learned much from him. In fact, he configured my first personal desktop (and it was a Mac IIci so I should have been able to do that myself). I think he is still running my old Mac at his house. From time to time, we've worked together, For example, Mark joined Virginia Thomas (Wayne State) and me to provide law library and information technology consulting for the Appalachian School of Law during its start-up phase in 1995, free of charge I might add.
Unlike this burnt-out law firm research librarian turned 50-something paper pusher, Mark's first love is and continues to be performing legal research and reference in academic law libraries, writing, and teaching legal research to law school students. Simply put, after all these years, that amazes me to no end. I don't know how Mark does it but he does it very well at DePaul.
I believe you will find Mark's LLB posts informative, insightful and oftentimes thought-provoking. Thanks Mark -- Joe Hodnicki
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