posted May 23, 2016

New Associate Dean Named for UW Law Library and Information Systems

Associate Dean Jonathan Franklin

The University of Washington School of Law announces the appointment of Jonathan Franklin as Associate Dean for Library and Information Systems following a national search process that brought five outstanding finalists to campus. Reporting to Dean Kellye Testy, Mr. Franklin will oversee all aspects of information services, including the Gallagher Law Library. Mr. Franklin succeeds Penny Hazelton, one of the nation’s leading law librarians, who is retiring June 30th after thirty years of distinguished service to UW Law.

The Gallagher Law Library is widely recognized as one of the country’s most distinguished and influential law libraries. Providing UW School of Law students with the ideal environment to nurture their legal education, it also offers first-class support for academic research and scholarship including publishing one of the most-used legal research tools, the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP). In addition to its far-reaching print and electronic resources, the Gallagher Law Library is especially valued for its extensive collection of East Asian law in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, as well as in English. It supports the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and public as well as acting as a federal depository for selected U.S. government documents. The Gallagher Law Library’s law librarianship program (a master’s degree offered in collaboration with the UW Information School) is the number one ranked program of its kind in the nation.

“Jonathan Franklin is the right leader for our future,” said Dean Testy, adding that he is “a bridge from the best of all that the Gallagher Library has been and what it and our broader information systems need to be for our future success.” A graduate of Stanford University (’88), Stanford Law School (’93), and the UW Graduate School of Library and Information Science (’94), Mr. Franklin was previously a Sr. Associate Librarian at Michigan before joining UW School of Law where he has served as Associate Law Library Director since 2001. He is widely published on topics in law librarianship as well as in the fields of copyright law and cultural expression. Mr. Franklin noted that he is “looking forward to having the opportunity to lead a world-class law library during a period of increasingly rapid change.”

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