Staff Spotlight - Adam Mackie

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Thank you for reading the inaugural entry of a new series featured on the UConn Law Blog, titled “Staff Spotlight Series.” This series will include a variety of questions that staff can choose to answer. The goal of this series is to better acquaint the law school community to the library's exceptional staff.

This post features one of the new reference librarians at the law library, Adam Mackie. Adam joined us in September 2016. Prior to joining the library, he spent nearly the last decade working and studying in Hawaii and Japan. Adam will be providing reference and research assistance to library patrons, presenting formal and informal research instruction in law school courses, and developing research materials in a variety of formats.

How does your work fit into the core functions of the library/law school?

I think my role here at the law school is to connect patrons with all the valuable resources our library has to offer and to teach something about the research process along the way.

What is your favorite thing about our library/campus/community? 

I’ve heard it said many times that the library serves as the heart of our campus.  That’s an exciting role for a library to play and something I take very seriously in terms of fostering a sense of community here at UConn Law. 

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far? 

I’d say one of the biggest challenges for me was landing in Japan with no language skills and managing to teach there for two years.  Ordering pizza for delivery over the phone felt like a major accomplishment.

What was the first job you ever had? 

I was a paperboy.  I did it long enough to save up for a Sega Genesis and some games, then quit.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. 

Although I lived in Hawaii for the last six years, I don’t like the beach all that much.

Where is your favorite place to be? 

After being away for so long, there is no other place I’d rather be than New England.

What is your personal philosophy? 

I think Bill and Ted got it right; be excellent to each other.

What hobbies do you have? 

I’ve recently joined Hartford’s hurling club.  Hurling, not to be confused with curling, is Ireland’s national sport and can be described as a mix between field hockey, baseball, and lacrosse.


Adam embracing his inner samurai courtesy of Japan.

Please join the law library in welcoming Adam to UConn Law!

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Rebecca Bearden
Technical Services Librarian,UConn Law

Rebecca works primarily within acquisitions and serials, by processing and receiving monographic and serial book orders, recordkeeping, and ensuring database integrity, as well as assisting with catalog maintenance and electronic resource management. She provides customer service between the library and vendors for book order and subscription related issues. She holds a B.A. from Eastern Connecticut State University, and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. 

Adam Mackie
Reference Librarian,University of Connecticut School of Law

Adam provides reference and research assistance to library patrons, presents formal and informal research instruction in law school courses, and develops research materials in a variety of formats.  Prior to the library, Adam worked as a legislative attorney at the Hawaii state capitol and served as a law clerk for the third circuit court located in Hilo.  He received his J.D. and M.L.I.Sc. from the University of Hawaii and earned an LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law from Kyushu University in Japan.