Long-Time Member Profile -- Joan Englander -- AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS)

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TS-SIS Long-Time Member Profile:
Joan R. Englander

Place And Date Of Birth

November 12, 1955 - Dallas, Texas.

Educational Background

  • B.F.A. – 1977 – University of Houston.
  • M.L.S. – 1978 – North Texas State University.


Boy Scouts (Leadership positions, 1990-Present), Reading, Sewing.

Inspiration For Becoming A Law Librarian

Librarianship in general has been a passion all my life. I was especially influenced by my high school librarian, Mrs. Smith and was involved in Library Service Club in high school. Law librarianship was accidental. After seeing an ad for a position as Technical Services Librarian in the Dallas newspaper, I applied and the rest is history! Earl Borgeson was my first professional boss and I learned a lot about librarianship and law librarianship in particular from him.

Current Position Challenges

Keeping up with the workload!

Prior Positions/Employment

  • 1998-Present – Technical Services Librarian – Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • 1989-1998 – Associate Law Librarian – Harris County Law Library
  • 1979-1989 – Technical Services Librarian, Senior Technical Services Librarian, Reference Librarian – Underwood Law Library, Southern Methodist University.

Life's Passion

My son, Aaron and my dog, Stefani.

Earliest Childhood Memory

Trip to the Northeast (Pennsylvania, New York, Montreal) at age 4.

Where In Five Years?

Still plugging along to get the information and resources out to our attorneys as quickly and efficiently as possible!


  • 1979-1989, 2005- DALL
  • 1979-1989 – SWALL
  • 1979-Present – AALL, TS-SIS;
    • 1979-1989 ALL-SIS
    • 1998-Present PLL-SIS
  • 1989-Present – HALL