Jenny Zook

Reference Librarian

Zook, Jenny

E-mail: zook@wisc.edu
Telephone: 608-262-7761
Office: Room 5326, Law School

Education:
B.A. Education, University of Wisconsin
M.L.S. University of Wisconsin

Teaching Areas:
Business Organizations/Corporations
Intellectual Property
Skills Training

Research Interests:
Corporate Law, M&A, Tech. Start Ups
Teaching and Learning
Legal Research and Instruction
Water Law

Biography

Genevieve Zook enjoys research and gained a reputation as an experienced legal researcher during her tenure working in a busy law firm in Chicago. First, as a reference librarian, and later as a legal information manager at an American Lawyer Top 100 Law Firm. 

She describes her ability to locate information as a form of "legal research serendipity" because so often research is not only about locating information, but about recognizing what is valuable.  "Sometimes, stumbling upon what you need while looking for something else, feels very much like a fortunate accident."

When it comes to research, her moto is "be flexible," and while she appreciates using technology for research, she also value more traditional resources.  Print and her love of books drew her to a career as a librarian and since she believes that we live in a hybrid time in research where book research and online research must co-exist, she's learned to value whatever tool helps her locate information.

Her approach to the latest technology and research tool is to continue to evaluate as many services as possible.  Because these resources are constantly changing, she advocate dating rather than marrying the latest tech. tool, and keeping your options open!

As an instructional librarian she is a firm believer in teaching others the principles behind good legal research skills.  At the University of Wisconsin, Jenny coordinate library instruction programs for faculty and staff and has presented on a variety of legal topics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, as well as to the legal community of Wisconsin.

During her Chicago years, she designed and taught an online legal research course for Paralegals at Harper College, in Palatine, Illinois.  In Madison, she sits on the Paralegal Certification Board at Madison College. 

She is a past President of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW), and current Chairs the Public Relations Committee for Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW).

 



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