Chicago-Kent College of Law Welcomes New Library Director


Jean M. Wenger has been appointed director of the Law Library and senior lecturer at Chicago-Kent College of Law, effective July 1, 2018.

Wenger earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, her master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University, and her bachelor of arts degree in public administration and economics from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is a member of the State Bar of Illinois.

Wenger is a well-known leader in the law library community, where she served as president of both the American Association of Law Libraries from 2012–13 and its Chicago chapter from 2004–05. She has also served the profession as chair of the Board of Directors of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance, a consortium of law libraries and legal professionals who strive to ensure preservation of legal materials. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society.

Before joining Chicago-Kent, Wenger spent nearly 30 years of her professional career at the Cook County Law Library in Chicago, most recently as Deputy Law Librarian and previously as Head of Public Services and as Government Documents/Foreign and International Law Librarian. Wenger also spent several years in academic law libraries, first at the University of Illinois College of Law and later at Cornell University Law School.

Wenger’s scholarship and teaching experience have focused on sharing research skills and evaluating challenges with an empirical lens. She was an author of the chapter Using Metrics to Showcase Value in the AALL white paper Defining ROI: Law Library Best Practices in 2016. In 1996, she contributed to an early review of online legal research with Internet for Legal Information: The U.S. Experience in the International Journal of Legal Information, Volume 3.

Wenger succeeds Keith Ann Stiverson, who served as director of the Law Library from 2001 until her retirement in 2018.