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      Ed Sonnenberg, Law Library Co-director and Reference/Government Document Librarian at Commonwealth Law

      Ed Sonnenberg

      Law library co-director and reference/government documentary librarian at Commonwealth Law

      Ed Sonnenberg, the library co-director and reference/government documents librarian, recently celebrated 17 years with Widener Law Commonwealth.

      Sonnenberg, who is originally from Mansfield, Ohio, previously worked as a law librarian at corporate law firms in Detroit and Philadelphia before joining Commonwealth Law. He came to the law school because he felt it was a great opportunity to work in legal education. He added that his favorite part of his job is being able to work with students. "Working with the students is rewarding because you know you are helping to shape the careers of future lawyers," said Sonnenberg. "I like knowing that I have had an impact on a future generation."

      Sonnenberg added that his co-workers help keep the job interesting and fresh. "When you work with such talented and wonderful people, it's easy to enjoy coming into the library each day," he said.

      Some of his duties include providing reference services to students, faculty and the public and overseeing the government documents that are received by and housed in the law library. As co-director, Sonnenberg also has responsibilities that include ensuring that the library stays on budget and day-to-day operations run smoothly.

      Sonnenberg has recently been asked to teach the Advanced Legal Research class, which is designed to prepare law students for research in law practice and clerkships. He has also co-authored several articles with faculty at the law school.

      Sonnenberg, who lives in Gettysburg, Pa., enjoys being out in nature and traveling in his free time. In just the past year, he has visited France and Italy. He also enjoys learning new languages and cooking.

      Sonnenberg received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and his master's degree in library science from Kent State.


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