On February 1, 2009, the Wayne State University Library System welcomed Virginia C. Thomas as the new director of the Arthur Neef Law Library.
Thomas will join the Library System with over 30 years of experience working in law libraries, most recently as Law Library and Information Technology director at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she also served as an adjunct law professor. Previously, Thomas held positions at the University of Miami School of Law, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. “Wayne State is widely recognized as a model among urban research institutions,” said Thomas. “I look forward to working in this intellectually vibrant environment and providing information service to the community.”
Thomas received a B.A. in philosophy and German language and literature from DePaul University, an M.B.A. and J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago. She has taught, lectured and coordinated instructional support in law and is currently developing a course in empirical legal research. The author of numerous publications and presentations, Thomas is active in professional and community service activities and organizations.
As the director of the Neef Law Library, Thomas is now responsible for overseeing one of the nation’s 30 largest legal collections. Thomas succeeds Georgia Clark, who retired from Wayne State after serving over 30 years as the director of the Law Library. “We’re very excited to have Virginia Thomas joining the Library System,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the University Library System. “Her experience, enthusiasm and commitment to providing students with the best education and resources possible are going to significantly benefit our Wayne State and community users.”