About Me

I am currently the Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian at the Harvard Law School Library. In this role, I am responsible for identifying, evaluating, and deploying new tools and technologies as well as working on web design and development projects. I am also a member of the research services team and staff both in-person and virtual reference service points.

Outside of work, I am involved in a number of professional activities, including serving on the Advisory Committee for YALSA's The Hub blog and as the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. I am also a member of the Law Librarians of New England and was responsible for the redesign of the organization website during my time as the group's webmaster.

I have presented and published on a wide variety of topics, including mobile web design, computer programming, copyright, and emerging technology trends. I also write for a number of blogs on topics related to technology, children's literature, and young adult literature, including The Horn Book's Lolly's Classroom blog, The Hub, and the YALSA Blog. Since 2011, I have also written regularly about emerging tools and technologies for librarians and educators on my own personal blog, Novel Technology.

I can be reached via Twitter @CarliSpina.


Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA

Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian, January 2012 to present.

  • Provide reference assistance in person, via telephone, via e-mail, and via chat reference service.
  • Conduct one-on-one research consultations with students, visiting researchers, and other patrons.
  • Teach classes for students, both as part of the First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program and in courses on technology topics such as Evernote, LinkedIn, presentation tool, and mobile apps.
  • Serve as library liaison for law school faculty, providing both research and technological support for the faculty and their assistants.
  • Design, develop, and implement technologically innovative services and applications, including instructional videos, a virtual tour of the library, and online exhibitions.
  • Offer support for copyright questions as a member of the Copyright First Responders team.
  • Maintain and strengthen the library’s website and social media presence through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and the library’s blog.
  • Create and maintain research guides on legal research and technology topics using LibGuides.
  • Schedule reference shifts, including managing desk coverage for absences.
  • Coordinate library services for students with disabilities, including drafting new service policy.

Research Services Assistant, November 2010 to January 2012.

  • Provided reference assistance in person, via telephone, via e-mail, and via chat reference service.
  • Taught classes for students on legal research topics and technology tools.
  • Created online research guides using LibGuides.
  • Updated and contributed to the library’s website, blog, Twitter account, Facebook page, and Google+ page.
  • Assisted with administrative functions for the Research Services group.

Intern in Collection Development and Historical & Special Collections, September 2011 to January 2012.

  • Co-curated and created an online presence for an exhibit of special collections materials.
  • Revised and updated the library’s collection development policy.
  • Received training on the library’s collection development and acquisitions process.
  • Processed a modern manuscripts collection and prepared an EAD finding aid.

Harvard Library Lab, Library Analytics Toolkit, Cambridge, MA

Researcher, March 2011 to November 2011.

  • Researched analytics and statistics collection throughout the Harvard University libraries.
  • Prepared a report with recommendations for the design of an open source software application that would provide users with a customizable dashboard of library statistics.

Dr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center, Temple Israel of Boston, Boston, MA

Intern, July 2010 to May 2011.

  • Contributed to the library’s blog, including a recurring series on local book events.
  • Cataloged and processed library materials including books, DVDs and CDs.
  • Created an online tutorial regarding use of the library’s new OPAC using Camtasia.
  • Staffed library circulation desk, responded to reference requests, and created pathfinders.

Boston Herald Library,  Boston, MA

Intern, September 2010 to December 2010.

  • Cataloged photographs taken by Herald photographers and/or published in the Herald.
  • Created metadata and keyword entries for photographs and assisted with electronic text archiving.

WGBH Creative Department,  Boston, MA

Intern, July 2010 to September 2010.

  • Processed print materials, ephemera and realia created by the Creative and Design Departments using the archiving forms and standards of the WGBH archives department.
  • Drafted documentation regarding the procedures for future archiving work.

Goodwin Procter LLP,  Boston, MA

Associate Attorney, November 2006 to January 2010.

  • Supervised, mentored, and reviewed junior associates, prepared training materials and delivered training presentations.
  • Advised clients on legal matters.
  • Oversaw transaction teams and managed projects.
  • Delivered corporate governance presentations to Boards of Directors of nonprofit organizations.
  • Researched legal topics and drafted documents for a variety of transactions, including licensing transactions, subscriptions, debt and equity financings, mergers, acquisitions, and loans.

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,  Fairbanks, AK

Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld, August 2005 to August 2006.

  • Conducted legal research using both electronic and print resources and drafted memoranda.


Harvard Graduate School of Education,  Cambridge, MA

Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education, March 2015.

Simmons College – Graduate School of Library and Information Science,  Boston, MA

MLIS, January 2012. Beta Phi Mu.

University of Chicago Law School,  Chicago, IL

J.D., June 2005. Thomas R. Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy and Oral Argument.

Harvard University,  Cambridge, MA

A.B., magna cum laude, East Asian Studies, June 2002. Honors thesis.

Going Mobile,” April 2012, NEASIS&T Going Mobile: Library Websites, Services, and Apps on Mobile Devices, Boston, MA.

Getting Started with Mobile Websites if You Don’t Know Code,” June 2012, Amigos Library Services Access by Touch: Delivering Library Services Through Mobile Technologies, Virtual Conference.

Whither Midwinter? Future Directions for PARS F2F and Virtual Conferencing” Emerging Leaders Poster presentation, June 2012, American Library Association Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Going Mobile: Building Mobile Applications” full-day, hands-on preconference workshop, July 2012, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Scanning the Future: QR Codes in Law Libraries,” July 2012, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Library Analytics Toolkit,” October 2012, LITA National Forum, Columbus, OH.

App Advisory 101,” April 2013, RUSA Webinar.

“Introductory Python Workshop” full-day preconference workshop, June 2013, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

What You Need to Know Before Gamifying Your Library,” June 2013, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Moderator of the “Copyright and Copyleft” panel hosted by Digital Arts & Humanities at Harvard University, April 2014, Cambridge, MA.

Panelist, “LITA Top Technology Trends,” February 2015, American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Chicago, IL. (Covered in the Chicago Tribune, Library Journal, and American Libraries).

Creative Commons Crash Course” Ignite Session, February 2015, American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Contributing Writer

In addition to my academic publications, I contribute to a number of blogs:

Selected Publications

Book Review, When Is Separate Unequal? A Disability Perspective by Ruth Colker, International Journal of Legal Information, vol. 38(3), Winter 2010, pp. 413-414.

Anna Russell & Carli Spina, “Law Libraries Linking Data to Mobile Devices: Save Patrons’ Time and Stay Hip,” AALL Spectrum, vol. 17(3), December 2012, pp. 16-18.

“Gamification: Is It Right For Your Library?,” AALL Spectrum, vol. 17(6), April 2013, pp. 7-9, 25.

“Learn Computer Programming and Web Design: Choosing the Best Resources,” College & Research Libraries News, vol. 74(10), November 2013, pp. 522-525.

“Gamification in Libraries,” in Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct, ed. Breanne A. Kirsch (Jefferson: McFarland, 2013).

“Keeping Up With…Augmented Reality,” Association of College and Research Libraries – Keeping Up with…, February 2014 available at: http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/keeping_up_with/ar.

“Accidental Technologist: Finding, Evaluating and Sharing New Technology,” Reference and User Services Quarterly, vol. 53(3), Spring 2014, pp. 217-220.

“Ello: What’s Up With The New Social Network That’s Suddenly Exploding In Popularity?,” LLNE News: Newsletter of the Law Librarians of New England, vol. 31(2), Fall 2014, pp. 8-9.

“Is Bestlaw the Best?,” LLNE News: Newsletter of the Law Librarians of New England, vol. 31(2), Fall 2014, p. 11.

“Building an Analytics Toolkit at the Harvard Library,” in Library Analytics and Metrics: Using Data to Drive Decisions and Services, ed. Ben Showers (Facet Publishing, forthcoming 2015).

“And The Winner Is…: Highlighting YALSA Awards and Lists on The Hub,” Young Adult Library Services, forthcoming Spring 2015.

 Carli Spina