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Founder & President


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Founder and President Joan Axelroth

Joan L. Axelroth is the founder and President of Axelroth & Associates. She has evaluated systems and services for organizations of all sizes; conducted financial audits and developed cost-recovery plans; designed and implemented plans to expand reference services and systems to improve technical services; evaluated collections and established collection development policies; counseled clients on automation and the use of electronic media; and helped clients to plan library space that is functional as well as attractive.

Joan earned an M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago. She is a member of AALL, the Special Libraries Association and several of their chapters.

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Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Books and Bytes: Balancing Formats in Today's Libraries (video teleconference broadcast to over 60 sites), American Association of Law Libraries, April 2000.
  • Facilities Planning for Technical Services. Technical Services Management. Rutgers School of Communication, Information and Library Studies & Cassidy Cataloging, Newark, NJ, April 2002.
  • Library Management in the Information Age. Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, February 2001 and New York City, April 2001.
  • Meeting Information Needs on a Budget, The Association of Legal Administrators, May 2007. Presentation
  • Staff Training and Development: How to Get From Here to There, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, February 2008 and New York, March 2008
  • The Key to Success: Keeping the Customer Satisfied. Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 2001. (Co-Presented with Mary Talley)
  • The Law Library: New Models & Frameworks. Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, February 2004 and New York, April 2004.

Selected Publications

Professional Activities

  • American Association of Law Libraries Private Law Libraries SIS
        » Member, Nominations Committee Member, 2006- ; Chair, 2007-
        » Association of Legal Administrators Liaison, 1997-1998
        » Chair, Independent Law Librarians Special Interest Section, 1997-1998