A familiar face named director of the Elon Law Library

Anupama Pal will lead a team of seven staff members as she returns to North Carolina as associate dean for library and information services at Elon University’s downtown Greensboro law school.

An accomplished law librarian whose career in legal education includes experience with schools in New York City and Boston has been named the next director of the Elon University School of Law Library.

Anupama Pal joins the Elon Law administration as associate dean for library and information services and will advance the library’s mission to meet the needs of faculty, staff, and students, and to serve as a source of information for the greater legal community.

She started her new role August 15 following a national search for a successor to longtime director Kate McLeod, who retired in June.

Pal’s selection brings her full circle to the start of her full-time career in law librarianship. Shortly after graduating in late 2012 from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, Pal was hired by McLeod and worked at Elon Law for two years as a reference service librarian.

“I am so pleased to be returning to the institution where I began my career as a librarian,” Pal said. “Elon is where I learned the fundamentals of my profession. I’m honored to lead a dedicated team as we continue to provide superior customer service to everyone from the community who walks through our doors.”


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University) | New York City

Assistant Director for Public Services & Lecturer in Law (July 2021-July 2023)

Directed all library public services while managing day-to-day operations of facilities and staff, supervising the development of student outreach programming, and serving on the Dean’s Diversity & Inclusion Council

Head of Access Services and Collections & Lecturer in Law (June 2020-June 2021)

Managed all access service operations, the interlibrary loan service, and collections, created and implemented policies for library circulation and collections, and taught Advanced Legal Research

Boston College Law School | Boston

Acting Assistant Dean, Academic & Student Services (January-June 2020)

Created a law school emergency operations plan for Academic and Student Services during COVID-19; oversaw two assistant directors, support staff, and student works, while counseling students in crisis

Legal Information Librarian & Lecturer in Law (July 2015-January 2020)

Taught Advanced Legal Research, provided reference services to members of the Boston College community, trained student research assistants, and contributed to research guides, blogs, and social media

Elon University School of Law | Greensboro, North Carolina

Librarian (May 2013-July 2015)

Provided reference services to the law school community, taught basic legal research to first-year students, and served as the program for the Federal Depository Library Program

“We are delighted to have Anu Pal return to Elon Law,” said Elon Law Dean Zak Kramer. “With a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to student success, Anu is poised to do great things in our library and as part of our leadership team.”

Prior to pursuing her graduate degree in library science, Pal served for six months as a contract attorney in Chicago for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She drafted and prepared discovery interrogatory answers for more than 100 claimants in an employment discrimination class action lawsuit, while assisting with depositions and conducting discovery training sessions for interns.

In addition to her master’s degree in library science, Pal earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Chicago, and her law degree from UIC John Marshall Law School.