Jean Wenger

Director of the Library and Senior Lecturer

Jean Wenger, Chicago-Kent Law Library Director

Jean M. Wenger earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, her master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University, and her bachelor of arts degree in public administration and economics from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is a member of the State Bar of Illinois.

In 2023, Jean was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). She currently serves as Treasurer of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL). Jean served as president of both the American Association of Law Libraries from 2012 to 2013 and its Chicago chapter from 2004 to 2005. She has also served the profession as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance, a consortium of law libraries and legal professionals who strive to ensure preservation of legal materials. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society.

Before joining Chicago-Kent in July 2018, Wenger spent nearly 30 years of her professional career at the Cook County Law Library in Chicago, most recently as Deputy Law Librarian and previously as Head of Public Services and as Government Documents/Foreign and International Law Librarian. Wenger also spent several years in academic law libraries, first at the University of Illinois College of Law and later at Cornell University Law School.

Wenger’s scholarship and teaching experience have focused on sharing research skills and evaluating challenges with an empirical lens. In 2022, she authored the chapter, Researching the Legal Framework for Companion Animals in a Global Context in Global Animal Law Research: Strategies and Resources. She was an author of the chapter Using Metrics to Showcase Value in the AALL white paper Defining ROI: Law Library Best Practices in 2016. In 1996, she contributed to an early review of online legal research with Internet for Legal Information: The U.S. Experience in the International Journal of Legal Information, Volume 3.