Catherine Mazur is a Law Librarian for the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library at Hartford.
Why did you join AALL?
Professional organizations offer great opportunities to network and learn from individuals that you may never get the chance to meet otherwise. I think AALL does a phenomenal job of bringing different types of law librarians together.
Why do you stay a member?
In this time of uncertainty in our profession, I think it is vital that law librarians have a place to come together and discuss both our challenges and our successes.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
AALL's publications offer so many interesting and informative articles. I find the articles in Spectrum to be particularly useful in sharing how other librarians throughout the country are handling similar professional situations. I also think the networking and professional development opportunities from my local chapter are invaluable.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
I was able to attend the Annual Meeting for the first time this past year in Boston, and as the incoming President of my local chapter, SNELLA, I found the Chapter Presidents training incredibly valuable for both the substantive information on how to effectively lead a chapter and the opportunity to talk with other chapter leaders. SNELLA is a small chapter, and being able to discuss the unique challenges we face with other chapter leaders was worth the trip to Boston alone.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I have two small children, a 3 1/2 year old son and a 15 month old daughter, so my weekends these days are filled with family-friendly activities - like going to the local library, of course!
What book(s) are you currently reading?
This is How You Lose Her
, by Junot Diaz
What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?
This is a tough one! I've been incredibly fortunate and have been able to travel to so many great places in my life - Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Florence, Montreal...but since I'm stuck in the New England winter doldrums right now, I would love to go back to St. Lucia!