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Deborah E. Schander

Associate Director for Public Services
Lecturer in Law

Deborah Schander teaches introductory and specialized legal research classes for law students and oversees the law library’s public services department. She also coordinates the law school's participation in Vanderbilt's institutional repository and provides research and reference support to students, faculty and other members of the Vanderbilt Law School community. 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.

Research Interests

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


Representative Publications

  • AALL Foreign, Comparative and International Law Section Newsletter, editor (2011-2017)
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  • State Practice Materials: Annotated Bibliographies: Georgia, W.S. Hein (2014) (with Austin Williams, Nancy P. Johnson, and Ronald Wheeler)
  • Georgia Legal Research – Secondary Source Material, CALI (2014 update) (with Austin Williams)
    Full Text | WWW
  • Georgia Legal Research – Primary Source Materials, CALI (2014 update) (with Austin Williams)
    Full Text | WWW
  • "Market Your Library: How to Create a Library Marketing Committee," 18 AALL Spectrum 5 (2014)
  • "Religious Observance and the Workplace: Considerations for Employees and Employers," 18 AALL Spectrum 17 (2013) (with Shira Megerman)
  • "Digital Signage: A New Tool in Your Arsenal of Knowledge," 17 AALL Spectrum 7 (2013)
  • "Student Advisory Councils: Honing Your Outreach Efforts by Focusing on Your Audience," 16 AALL Spectrum 7 (2012)