Long-Time Member Profile -- Jolande E. Goldberg -- AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS)

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TS-SIS Long-Time Member Profile:
Jolande E. Goldberg

Photograph: Jolande Goldberg.
Current Position
Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist/ Law Classification Specialist
Cataloging Policy & Support Office
The Library of Congress
Washington DC

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Place And Date Of Birth

11. August, 1931, Pforzheim/Germany

Educational Background

  • 1951-1952 University of Munich/Germany
  • 1952-1957 University of Heidelberg/Germany
  • 1957 Rechtsreferendar (JD & LLM)
  • 1961 Assessor (Barrister), Department of Justice, State of Baden-Wiirttemberg/Stuttgart/Germany
  • 1963 Doctor iuris utriusque (Magna cum laude) PhD, University of Heidelberg/Germany
  • 1976-1977 Goldsmith College, School of Art &Design, University of London/England


Sculpture (mostly fountains and Garden ornaments in bronze, stone, and ceramics)

Inspiration For Becoming A Law Librarian

I had three important mentors: Dr. Ernst Posner, one of the directors of the National Archives and founder of the Archive schools in this country and archival studies.

Dr. Eleanor Bontecou, the first female law professor in this country, and a striking career: Dean of the philosophical faculty at Bryn Mawr College; Law Professor at one of the Chicago Law Schools (have to check which one); the Chair of Pres. Roosevelt’s Civil Rights Committee; after WWII observer (for the Justice Dept.) of the Nuremberg Trials. When I met her first, she was my age and retired. She kept reminding me ad nauseam during the women’s movement: child, it does not make sense to storm bars. What matters is the seat behind the desk. I had the honor and pleasure to live with Eleanor until my marriage. For my children, she was always and will be Gran’ma Eleanor

Dr. William Strauss, Assistant General Counsel at L.C., whom I met during my Law fellowship 1964-1965). (He encouraged me to “try-out” for LC (hopefully for the Law Library). But things developed differently.

Current Position Challenges

The incredible workload; shrinking resources; the speed at which we have to come up with solutions (not enough time to think and work through issues), in other words: eroding base and support.

Prior Positions/Employment

  • 1957-1961 Junior Barrister, Department of Justice, State of Baden-Wiirttemberg/Stuttgart, Germany (German Bar)
  • 1961-1967 Senior Research –Member/Legal Editor Deutsches –Rechtswoerterbuch (Encyclopedia of historic German Terminology), Heidelberg, Academy of Sciences and Humanities; Research Associate, University of Heidelberg/ Germany
  • 1967-1972 Cataloger and Law Subject Specialist, Library of Congress
  • 1972-1980 Professional Assistant in Law Classification, Library of Congress
  • 1980-1992 Law Classification Specialist, Library of Congress
  • 1992- Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist (Law Classification), Library of Congress

'Crazy' Non-Professional Activity

Become a charter member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC) in Alexandria, VA, now (after 31 years) an internationally known institution with Museum status, http://www.torpedofactory.org and having worked not only 31 years in my studio there, but for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a non-profit organization in support of the Art Center.

Life's Passion

Helping my three children and many, many of their contemporaries to materialize their talents and ambitions.

Earliest Childhood Memory

I had as a very young child a sizable collection of books (I was a passionate reader at 5 years old, and everybody gave me books). I also hang out in the town’s Public Library, getting for my mother her weekly load of books (I was introduced to shelf there by a friendly librarian, and learned all about call numbers).

One day, I decided that my own collection needs call numbers and order in specific fields ( i.e. fables, zoology, geography, and my annual, Auerbach’s Kinderkalender) Thus, I stole from my mother all her fancy labels for preserves to apply them on my books. It ended in a spanking: I ruined the fine leather bindings of many early editions and collector’s items, so it was said..

Where In Five Years?

In all the same places where I am right now!


  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) since 1970
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • International Association of Law Libraries (IALL)
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA – Artists Association


  • 2002 AALL: Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographic Award
  • 2001 Washingtonian Magazine (selected for feature article as one of 50 "Best and - Brightest who are among the finest in the world at what they do")
  • 1999 American Association of Law Libraries Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award
  • 1999 American Library Association Marta Lange/Congressional Quarterly Award (for distinguished contributions to bibliography and information science in law/political science)
  • Virginia Artists & Artisans. Honorable Mention citation (Kennedy Promotions, 2005)