Catherine A. Lemmer

Head of Information Services, Ruth Lilly Law Library

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 131J
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone: (317) 278-6165
Fax: (317) 274-8873



B.A., magna cum laude,1982, Lawrence University
J.D. cum laude, 1989, University of Wisconsin
M.S., 2005, University of Illinois


Legal Analysis, Research and Communication (LARC), Legal Research, Legal Research-Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program – American Law for Foreign Lawyers


Catherine Lemmer supervises the public services division of the law library as Head of Information Services. She teaches legal research in the first year research and writing classes and in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program - American Law for Foreign Lawyers. Professor Lemmer is a teacher and co-creator of the required for-credit online legal research class for second year J.D. students and has designed research instruction for specific law school courses.

Professor Lemmer serves as a faculty research liaison and provides general reference and research support services to faculty and students. She developed and coordinates the library faculty research assistant program and provides research support for international law projects. She currently serves as the liaison to the Military Commission Observation Program

She is the editorial director of AALL Spectrum, the professional journal of the American Association of Law Libraries and a regular contributor to the Law Librarian Blog, a publication of the American Association of Law Libraries Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section (RIPS). Her most recent contribution is: ?: Do grammar & punctuation errors effect/affect how U view professional communication?, RIPS Law Librarian Blog, May 8, 2014.

She has presented at regional, state, and national library conferences and is an active member of a number of legal and librarian professional organizations. In July 2014, she was elected as an Executive Board Member of RIPS.

Professor Lemmer recently completed a six month project in South Africa as Senior Fellow at the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa (LRC). The LRC is South Africa’s largest and oldest national public interest law organization. Established in 1979, the LRC lawyers challenged apartheid and played important roles in drafting the South African Constitution. In 1994, Nelson Mandela appointed LRC’s founder, Arthur Chaskalson, to serve as the first President of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. The LRC advances research and provides free legal services to the poor and vulnerable in the areas of land and housing rights, children’s rights and education, environmental justice, HIV/AIDS, health and social services, refugee matters, and women’s equality.  As the leading public interest law firm, LRC pursues constitutional litigation in the High Courts, Supreme Court of Appeal, and Constitutional Court in South Africa. As Senior Fellow, Professor Lemmer assisted the LRC in the development and implementation of plans to create a modern and professional law library to support the work of the LRC attorneys. She continues to consult with the LRC and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation, Inc.

She  is also active in numerous professional committees at the university, state, and national level dedicated to library research and scholarship, library leadership, and continuing legal education. She was the inaugural chair of the Indiana State Library Professional Development Committee charged with developing a state-wide leadership program for librarians and currently serves on the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee

Prior to her appointment to the law library faculty, she was the Project Manager for Evergreen Indiana, a 100-member library consortium. In this position, she was responsible for implementing a state-wide open source integrated library system initiative in partnership with the Indiana State Library. She was also a partner with the Chicago law firm of Vedder Price P.C., specializing in corporate and financial institutions law, and has held management positions in a public library. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Professor Lemmer is a fellow of the Harvard University Graduate School Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, a fellow of the American Association of Law Libraries Leadership Academy, and a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, and Beta Phi Mu.

Her research interests include the use of information technology in law and legal education, instructional technology, online education, information literacy, knowledge governance, and library leadership and administration.



Books and Chapters

  • *"Digital Badge Programs for Information Literacy Skills" in Creating the 21st Century Academic Library: Experiments and Initiatives in Student Training, Scarecrow Press (2015). (forthcoming)
  • "Locating Company Information for Business Development and Due Diligence Purposes," in Find It Fast and Free on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute (2012).

Law Review and Journal Articles

  • *Lemmer, Catherine A. "The International Information Consultant: A Primer on Avoiding Potholes, Perils, and Pitfalls," __ Int'l J. of Legal Info. __ (2014).
  • *Lemmer, Catherine A. “A view from the flip side: Using the “inverted classroom” to enhance the legal information literacy of the international LL.M. student," 105:4 Law Libr. J. 461(2013).

Book Reviews

  • *"Book review: Leslie Paik, Discretionary Justice: Looking Inside a Juvenile Drug Court," 104 Law Libr. J. 323-325 (2012).
  • "Book review: Wyoma vanDuinkerken and Pixey Anne Mosley, The Challenge of Library Management: Leading with Emotional Engagement," 73 C. & Res. Libr. 97-99 (2012).
  • *"Book review: Jay M. Feinman, Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law, 3rd ed.," 39 Int. J. Legal Info. 264-267 (2011).
  • "Book Review: Danny Oppenheimer and Mike Edwards, Democracy Despite Itself: Why a System That Shouldn't Work at All Works So Well," Wis. Law., Sept. 2012, at 40,41.

Other Publications

  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "So, You Want To Be An Adjunct Law Professor?: The Processes, Perils, and Pitfalls," N.Y. ST. B.A.J., July-Aug. 2014, @11 (with Michael J. Robak).
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the editor: The Best Defense is a Good Offense.," AALL Spectrum 19, no. 1 (2014): 1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the editor: Did You Forget to Say Something?," AALL Spectrum 18, no. 9 (2014): 1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the editor: You Got What?," AALL Spectrum 18, no. 8 (2014): 1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the editor: What Are You Doing This Weekend?" AALL Spectrum 18, no. 7 (2014):1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the Editor: Why I . . ." AALL Spectrum 18, no. 6 (2014): 1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the editor: Making Peace with the Annual Performance Review," AALL Spectrum 18, no. 5 (2014): 1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the editor: Community Building Line Item by Line Item," AALL Spectrum 18, no. 4 (2014): 1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the editor: Dear Peace Corps, I'm Finally Here, Almost...," AALL Spectrum 18 no. 3 (2013): 1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the editor: Boundary Reflections: Holding In or Holding Back?," AALL Spectrum 18, no. 2 (2013): 1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "From the editor: I'd Like to Hear From You," AALL Spectrum 18, no.1 (2013): 1.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "RLLL Mobile Turns One: Reflections on how we developed a library mobile site from the ground up," AALL Spectrum, June 2013, at 14-16, 35 (with Hannah Alcasid).

Electronic Publications/Products

  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "I Want an Aluminum Foil Hat!," American Association of Law Libraries RIPS Law Librarian Blog, September 2, 2014.
  • Lemmer, Catherine A. "?:Do grammar & punctuation errors effect/affect how U view professional communication?" American Association of Law Libraries RIPS Law Librarian Blog, May 8, 2014.
  • Federal Administrative Law Research Guide
  • Antitrust Law Research Guide
  • Bankrupty Law Research Guide
  • App'late Review, Vols. 1-8 (Summer 2012) (with Susan deMaine).


  • "Redefining Instructional Technology," Indiana University Statewide IT, Bloomington, IN, October 7, 2014 (with Ed Finn III).
  • "The Accidental Consultant: A primer on avoiding potholes, perils, and pitfalls," Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, October 16, 2014.
  • "Not Just for Scouting Anymore: Digital Badges for Legal Research Skills," Mid-American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 6, 2014 (with Susan deMaine and Ben Keele).
  • "Prioritizing Student Learning at the Intersection of Pedagogy and Instructional Technology," Global Technology Services, New York University, New York, NY, August 25, 2014.
  • "Not Just for Scouting Anymore: Digital Badges for Legal Research Skills," American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, July 2014 (poster session, with Susan deMaine, Ben Keele, and Hannah Alcasid).
  • "We Are Our Own Experts: Exploring Opportunities," Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN, June 17, 2014.
  • "Librarian as Consultant: Even Invited Guests Can Begin to Smell After Three Days," Indiana University Librarians' Day, Indianapolis, IN, June 6, 2014.
  • “Legal Information Literacy in the 21st Century,” invited presenter for the statewide Indiana State Library 21st Century Literacy Days, Indianapolis, Columbus, Kokomo, IN, August 1, 9, and 16, 2013.
  • "Don't Assume the Peanut Butter is in the Pantry!: Demystifying Project Management," American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, July 2013 (coordinator and co-presenter of 1/2 day workshop).
  • "Step Away from Click Here!: Using Problem Based Learning to Develop Informed Learners," Indiana University Librarians' Day, Indianapolis, IN, June 7, 2013.
  • "21st Century Literacy: An Introduction to Legal Information Literacy for Non-Law Librarians," Institutional Librarians of Indiana Workshop, Indianapolis, IN, May 13, 2013.
  • "Researching International Law: Extradition Issues," Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Program in International Human Rights Law, Feb. 2013.
  • "Locating Company Information for Business Development and Due Diligence Purposes, National Business Institute," Indianapolis, IN, December 20, 2012.
  • "Partnering for Pro-action: Using talent not titles to deliver the unexpected," Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting 2012, October 25, 2012, St. Louis, MO (co-presenter).
  • "Don't Forget to Stop at the Library on the Way to Google: Law Library Resources and Tips," Robert H. McKinney School of Law Faculty Colloquia Series 2012-2013, September 2012.
  • "Send Your Faculty to Summer School: Designing an iPad App Education Program to Support Faculty Research and Scholarly Communication," IU Librarians' Day, June 8, 2012, Indianapolis, IN (co-presenter).
  • "Posting on Facebook Doesn't Mean I Want You to Know!: Exploring privacy and confidentiality issues in the library context," 2012 Indiana Library Federation District 2 Conference, IN, May 4, 2012.
  • "Pocket Library: Introducing Mobile Technology for the Law Library," Ruth Lilly Law Library, April 2012 (co-presenter).
  • "Designing an Effective Online Legal Research Class for Law Students," Ohio Regional Association of Law Librarians (ORALL) 2011 Annual Conference, October 19-21, 2011, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • "Techi-Tidbits: Three + 2 Technology Trends We Can't Afford to Ignore," Ruth Lilly Law Library, January 27, 2011.
  • “What Can $930 Million Do for Library Services Nationwide? The Impact and Future Directions of LSTA,” American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2009 (panelist).