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Theresa K. Tarves

Theresa K. Tarves

Associate Director of the Law Library and Professor of Legal Research
Director, Legal-Tech Virtual Lab

(814) 863-6861

J.D., Seton Hall University
M.L.I.S., Rutgers University
B.A., Penn State University

As Associate Director of the Law Library, Theresa K. Tarves is responsible for the management of day-to-day operations of the Law Library. She assists the associate dean and director of the Law Library with long-range planning and budget administration, as well as project identification and implementation. Additionally, Tarves teaches a section of the 1L Legal Research course and provides general reference and research support to library patrons.

As Director of the Legal-Tech Virtual Lab, Tarves works with key stakeholders at Penn State and leading technology vendors to plan programming related to legal technology and provide students with exposure to legal technology tools to use in practice today. She was awarded the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries Innovation in Technology Award for her work with the Lab. 

Prior to joining Penn State Law, Tarves served as manager of research services for the Knowledge Management Division of the Philadelphia firm of Fox Rothschild, LLP. She previously served as associate counsel/compliance officer for a major medical reference laboratory in New Jersey, where she provided legal and non-legal research and legal analysis for departmental attorneys. 

Designing and Implementing Research Competency, AALL Spectrum 23(4) 3 (March/April 2019) (with A. Pal & N.M. Downing)

Teaching Cost-Effective Legal Research Skills: Tips for Effective and Efficient Legal Research, AALL Spectrum, March/April 2016 (with Rebecca A. Mattson)

Why Can’t I Just Use Westlaw or Lexis? Promoting Lesser Known Legal Research Platforms to Law Students, Focus on Outreach, Spring 2016, at 3

Dickinson Law and Penn State Law Libraries, in Academic Law Library Structures: Past, Present, and Future (Beth Adelman & Jessica de Perio Wittman, eds.) (forthcoming, 2022) (with L. Ax-Fultz)

Legal Education and AI, in Law Librarianship in the Age of AI (Ellyssa Kroski, ed.) (2019)

Tarves, T. K. (2019). Legal Education and AI. In Ellyssa Kroski (Ed.), Law Librarianship in the Age of AI (pp. 14). Chicago, Illinois: ALA Editions. ISBN/ISSN #/Case #/DOI #: 978-0-8389-4627-5

Tarves, T. K. (Co-Author, 33.3%), Pal, A., & Downing, N. M. (2019). Designing and Implementing Research Competency. AALL Spectrum, 23(4), 3.

Tarves, T. K. (Co-Author, 50%), & Mattson, R. A. (2016). Teaching Cost-Effective Research Skills: Tips for Effective and Efficient Legal Research. AALL Spectrum, 20(4), 4.