Long-Time Member Profile -- Phyllis Post -- AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS)

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TS-SIS Long-Time Member Profile:
Phyllis Post

Place And Date Of Birth

1957, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Educational Background

  • B.A. Linguistics, Pennsylvania State University, 1978
  • M.S. Library & Information Science, University of Illinois, 1983


Quilting, reading, big baseball fan (Philadelphia Phillies—favorite team), travel around US.

Inspiration For Becoming A Law Librarian

In library school I heard a guest lecture from a law librarian and turned to a friend saying, “No way am I ever going to work in a law library.” 18 months later (1984) I moved to Columbus, OH (captive spouse) and the only job I could find was in the law library at Capital. I’m still here (although I spent 3 years up the street at the “Big House” law library before coming back to Capital).

I don’t have a single source of inspiration or a mentor, but I feel incredibly blessed to have become friends with so many terrific law librarians through AALL during the last 22 years.

Current Position Challenges

Hitting the moving target. Fewer resources in print, more electronic.

Prior Positions/Employment

  • 1988-Present, Capital University Law School (Catalog Librarian/Head of T.S.)
  • 1985-1988, Ohio State College of Law (Catalog Librarian)
  • 1984-1985, Capital University Law School (Cataloger)
  • 1983-1984, Purdue University (Serials Cataloger)

'Crazy' Non-Professional Activity

Egad! I’m too boring for that.

Life's Passion

He’s 9 years old and never stops talking.

Earliest Childhood Memory

This is a sad one—my grandmother’s funeral. I was 2.

Where In Five Years?

Right here. On my 25th anniversary (2013) Capital University will plant a tree on campus in my name.


  • 1985-Present, AALL (member of both TS-SIS & OBS-SIS since 1985)
    • 1985-Present, AALL (member of both TS-SIS & OBS-SIS since 1985)
    • SIS Council chair 1994/1995
  • 1985-Present, ORALL