2019 Candidate Statements

2019 OBS-SIS Candidate for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect

Kevin Carey, Technical Services Librarian, Moritz Law Library, The Ohio State University

It is my great honor to be asked to run for election to be OBS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: thank you so much to the Nominating Committee for your consideration.  OBS has given me so many meaningful opportunities to contribute to its mission and to develop my own professional and leadership skills—working on committees, chairing the Local Systems Committee, helping to coordinate a program and moderating roundtables at AALL, Secretary/Treasurer for the past two years—so that I am very excited about taking on this new challenge and continuing to serve OBS on its Executive Board.

Back at home, I am the Technical Services Librarian at the Ohio State University’s Moritz Law Library, where I am able to be involved with a wide range of our library operations, and I feel that OBS is similarly in a position to interact with so many aspects of law library work.  A lot of what we do takes place in that area where the public and technical services come together: it is not an exaggeration to say that OBS members are essential for a modern law library to function at its best.

I have always appreciated the welcoming and inclusive membership of this section, and it is humbling to be a part of the long tradition of outstanding leadership by the OBS Executive Board.  I want to help preserve and commemorate the great work that we have done over the years, while also looking forward to the results of the ongoing effort to “reposition” OBS, in order to best serve (and grow) our membership going forward.

2019 OBS-SIS Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer

Elizabeth Manriquez, Research Librarian & Assistant Professor, UNLV School of Law

It is an honor to be considered for the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the OBS-SIS Executive Board.

I am relatively new to law librarianship, but I became involved in OBS almost immediately, having already served on the Repositioning Committee beginning in 2017. My work on that Committee served as an introduction to the OBS community and its mission. I’ve found members to be welcoming and membership has been integral in my own professional development. I am particularly interested in exploring emerging technologies and how they affect every aspect of the library. I am currently a Research Librarian and the majority of my duties are public facing, however, I am unable to complete those duties to the best serve the needs of my patrons if I don’t have at least a rudimentary understanding of the functions, duties, and frustrations of my colleagues in Technical Services. Membership in OBS has helped me to cultivate that understanding.

I’ve worked hard during my short time as a librarian to take advantage of any opportunity to further my knowledge, and I often learn the most in situations of service. It would give me great pleasure to further my understanding by serving OBS as a board member; however, I consider this opportunity to be mutually beneficial. I am reliable, responsible and enthusiastic. I would serve the community with enthusiasm and dedication. In addition, any knowledge I gain will be beneficial to the library community at large, as improved communication between departments is a boon to both the library and the community it serves. I am an ideal ambassador for OBS-SIS, based on my contacts within the public services realm and librarians that are new in their careers. I look forward to singing the praises of my favorite SIS at the next annual convention in Washington, D.C. and I hope to do so a Board member.

2019 OBS Candidate Member at Large

Heather Buckwalter, Serials /Acquisitions Librarian, Creighton University Law Library

I am honored to be nominated for the Member at Large position on the OBS-SIS Executive Board. I have been the recipient of so much help and information from my peers in OBS-SIS that I feel it is time I contributed to the community. As a librarian who is responsible for electronic resources management and the liaison to the university systems librarian I have always felt that I had a place in the OBS-SIS community.

I began working at the Klutznick Law Library / McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Legal Research Center at Creighton University School of Law in the Fall of 1996. I received my MILS in 1991 and my BA in 1986 from the University of Michigan. Prior to Creighton University, I served as Manager for Library Services and Administration at the Detroit Bar Association and Foundation Library from 1991-1996.

I am a member of the American Association of Law Libraries since 1991 and am a member of the Technical Services Special Interest Section and the Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section. I am a member of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries since 1996 where I have served as Associate Editor of the MAALL Markings Newsletter, past chair of the MALLCO Acquisitions & Collection Development Interest Group and served on local arrangements committees for annual meetings. I am also a member of the Nebraska Library Association since 2001 and am a member of Technical Services Round Table and Special & Institutional Section.