The Spotlight is an occasional feature that profiles a Libraries staff member.
Tove Klovning is originally from Stavanger, Norway. She holds a degree in Norwegian law from the University of Bergen in Norway and earned an LL.M. degree and an M.S. degree in library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to WU, Tove worked at the University of Illinois’ Albert Jenner, Jr. Law Library. She also served as a law clerk intern and as a legal caseworker in Bergen, Norway. In 2002, she joined the staff of WU’s Law Library as Access Services/Government Documents/Reference Librarian. Tove is an associate member of the American Bar Association.
Tell us about your job: I am the law school’s foreign, comparative, and international law subject specialist and oversee collection development services for these collections. My legal expertise enables me to assist with reference inquires in all areas of law, including U.S. legal research questions.
I am also the law school’s Federal and Missouri State Depository Document Coordinator, WU’s Federal Depository Documents Coordinator, and Missouri State’s Regional Depository Coordinator for the Civil Rights Depository Suite, and the subject specialist in these areas. I oversee collection development services and assist with reference inquiries related to these collections from researchers, campus librarians at WU, and from librarians at other academic institutions in the U.S.
Do you have any teaching responsibilities? As a lecturer in the law school, I teach an American legal research methodology class to first-year law students. The class is taught over two semesters with approximately 55-60 students per year. I also teach an eight-hour legal research workshop to JSD students and visiting scholars, a summer legal research practicum class, and often guest lecture on specialized legal research methodology strategies in law school seminar classes.
What do you like most about your job? I love all aspects of my job! I get to teach, supervise, and mentor, be a research facilitator, publish research guides, keep up with current trends, and participate in departmental meetings and activities at both the law school and in the WU Libraries system. I haven’t had a boring day since I started working at Washington University.
What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy traveling whenever I can and spending time with my husband and two children. Nothing beats a delicious home-cooked meal. Fortunately, everyone in my family likes to garden, cook, and bake. I also enjoy reading, playing chess, and working out on a regular basis.