Adelman, Elizabeth

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Vice Dean for Legal Information Services; Director of the Charles B. Sears Law Library

Research Focus: Legal Research; Academic Law Libraries

Links: Curriculum Vitae


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Elizabeth “Beth” Adelman is Director of the Charles B. Sears Law Library and Vice Dean for Legal Information Services at the University at Buffalo School of Law.  She has taught Legal Bibliography and New York Legal Research in the law school setting and Legal Information Sources in the library school setting.

Adelman is the lead author of New York Legal Research, now in its fourth edition, published by Carolina Academic Press. She has published other articles, book chapters, and tutorials on topics related to teaching legal research and academic law libraries.

An active member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Adelman is currently AALL’s Vice President. In 2022/23 she will serve as AALL’s President. She has also chaired AALL’s Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section and AALL’s Annual Meeting Program Committee. Most recently, she represented AALL as a member of the U.S. News & World Report’s Joint Task Force Steering Committee that proposed changes to the survey questions about law libraries used in the magazine’s rankings.

Adelman served as Interim Vice Provost for University Libraries at the University at Buffalo from June 2018–July 2019.

Adelman holds a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School and a Masters of Library Science from the University at Buffalo. She is a 2011 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship.