J.D., University of Buffalo
M.L.S., University of Buffalo
B.A., University of Buffalo
Rebecca Mattson is the Head of Faculty and Research Services and Professor of Legal Research at Penn State Law. As head of faculty and research services, Professor Mattson provides leadership within the H. Laddie Montague, Jr. Law Library in planning and implementing scholarly support and research services. She manages a robust pool of library research assistants and provides annual training for faculty research assistants. Professor Mattson manages the Penn State Law eLibrary, the law school’s faculty scholarship repository, as well as the Penn State Law Legal Research Paper Series, and provides enhanced support for faculty scholarship and research. As the administrator of the eLibrary, she is the primary library liaison with law school journals, assisting in training, site development, and publication. In addition, Professor Mattson teaches Legal Research Tools and Strategies, the 1L legal research course, and Researching Administrative Law, an upper-level research course.
Professor Mattson is actively involved in the American Association of Law Libraries. She is currently serving a 3-year editorial board term for the Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect. Prior to coming to Penn State Law, she served as a law librarian at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, a research librarian at Harris Beach, PLLC, and as an attorney editor for West/Thomson Reuters.
Pedagogy: Designing a Legal Research Course, in Intro to Law Librarianship (Cassandra Laskowski and Zanada Joyner, eds.), forthcoming 2020.
Hate Crimes, in Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography (Margaret Butler, David Holt & Dana Neacsu eds.), forthcoming 2018 (William S. Hein & Co., Inc.).
Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Sport, in Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography (Margaret Butler, David Holt & Dana Neacsu eds.), forthcoming 2018 (William S. Hein & Co., Inc.).
Teaching Cost-Effective Legal Research Skills: Tips for Effective and Efficient Legal Research, AALL Spectrum, March/April 2016 (with Theresa K. Tarves).
Filling the Google Gaps: Harnessing the Power of Google through Instruction, AALL Spectrum, September/October 2015.
Ohio Citation, CALI Lesson, 2015 (with Carolyn Broering-Jacobs).
Building Special Collections: Lessons from Digitizing, Organizing, and Archiving the Sam Sheppard Collection, Bepress Digital Commons Webinar Series. November 5, 2014 (with Susan Altmeyer).
Digitizing Murder: Inventory, Platforms, and Websites, Oh My!, The Next Wave, CALI Conference for Law School Computing, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 19, 2014 (presentation with Susan Altmeyer).
Cool Tools: iPhone and iPad Apps, Shining the Light on Libraries: a Time of Transition, ORALL Annual Meeting, Toledo, Ohio, October 17, 2013
Research and Resources: Where to Begin Researching International Sports Law, The Daily Record, June 26, 2012.
Research and Resources: Where to Begin Researching Civil Rights Law, The Daily Record, December 26, 2011.