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About Deborah Schander

Deborah Schander teaches introductory and specialized legal research classes for law students and assists in the overall operations of the law library. She also coordinates all aspects of the public services department, including the liaison program, reference, access services, and the 1L/LL.M. research instruction program. Before joining the Vanderbilt law library, she was a librarian and member of the Georgia State University College of Law faculty, focusing on digital projects and student outreach. Professor Schander is an active member of regional and national law library associations at both the committee and special interest section levels. She is chair of the Professional Engagement, Growth, and Advancement special interest section of the American Association of law libraries and past president of the Atlanta Law Libraries Association. Professor Schander has written and spoken on a variety of topics, including legal research instruction, graphic design and student programming.


June 2017 - Present Associate Director for Public Services & Lecturer in Law, Vanderbilt University ‐ Law School
December 2015 - May 2017 Research Services Librarian & Lecturer in Law, Vanderbilt University ‐ Law School
August 2010 - November 2015 Coordinator of Digital Projects and Outreach, Georgia State University College of Law
November 2007 - July 2010 Reference and Electronic Services Librarian, University of La Verne College of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

legal research, institutional repositories, international and foreign legal research, and information literacy

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Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Marketing Award: Best Newsletter (for FCIL NEWSLETTER, American Association of Law Libraries, 2016)
  • Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award (AALL Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section, July 2013)


  • Legal Writing II (Research module)
  • Legal Writing I (Research module)
  • Transnational Legal Research
  • Research Methods in Law


2004 - 2007 JD, MLIS, Florida State University College of Law

Contributions to Books (1)

Articles (11)

Other (4)

Presentations (25)