Staff Spotlight - Barbara Plante


At the end of December 2016, the law library staff bid fond farewell to Barbara Plante, Head of Cataloging, who has retired. She had been employed at UConn Law Library since April 1988. Over the years, her primary duties have included providing access to the vast library collections through description and call number placement. Jessica Panella, Head of Access Services for the law library, said it best during her sendoff; “Barbara’s work has had a ripple effect on the law school community.” If you think about all of the books and online resources Barbara has provided access to over her (almost) three decade tenure at the law library, and all of the students, faculty, and other patrons those resources have reached, her impact has been tremendous.

Barbara was kind enough to answer a few more questions about herself:

What would you have done (for a career) if you hadn’t had a career working in libraries?

I would have taught disadvantaged children.

What was the first job you ever had?

At age 13, I was a library page.

What is the best book you have ever read?

The Bible.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to?


What is one of your favorite hobbies?


What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

The Lord.

Over the years Barbara has spent time outside of her library work with family, her church, traveling, and volunteering abroad. Barbara’s personal philosophy is to help others in need, so when asked to share a photo, she was excited to provide this snapshot with some of the children she worked with when volunteering in Peru:

Barbara’s retirement is well deserved and we will miss her. Please join the library staff in wishing her well in all of her future adventures!


Barbara Plante
Head of Cataloging Services,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.