Ellen Frentzen

Associate Director for Administration & Access Services

  • Title Associate Director for Administration & Access Services
  • Office Redstone 307
  • Phone (617) 358-5496
  • Education B.A. with honors, Connecticut College, May 2005
    J.D., LL.M. in International & Comparative Law, Cornell Law School, June 2010
    M.L.I.S., University of Washington, May 2011

Ellen Frentzen joined the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries as a reference librarian in December 2012. As the Associate Director for Administration and Access Services, she works on planning, management, and assessment of library services, systems, and collections and overseeing the Access Services department, as well as providing assistance at the reference desk and teaching legal research to students in the First Year Writing and American Law LLM programs, the law library’s Research Skills for Practice Program, and a for-credit Administrative Law Research class. She also serves on the Assessment Committee, which conducts qualitative and quantitative research in all BU Libraries to better understand faculty and student scholarly needs. Previously she worked as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of South Carolina’s Coleman Karesh Law Library and an intern at both the Social Law Library and the Marian Gould Gallagher Library at the University of Washington.

Ellen received her Master’s in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington and her J.D. with a concurrent LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School. While at Cornell, she was a Managing Editor for the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, a Bench Editor for the Moot Court Board, and a Research Assistant for the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative (CeRI). Her primary research interests are library assessment, management, and government documents. She also regularly writes and presents on teaching legal research and skills-based learning to millennials.  

She is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, where she has served on the Research and Scholarship Committee and the Annual Meeting Program Committee, and Law Librarians of New England, of which she is a past-president.

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