January/February 2015

Circuit Librarian Retires

Ann Fessenden is retiring in April after 30 years as 8th Circuit Librarian and 40 in the law library field.  Her last regular work day will be April 17.

Ann grew up in Norman, Oklahoma and completed her B.A. in Journalism at the University of Oklahoma in 1974, and her Master’s in Library Science there in 1977.  She worked as a library assistant at the University of Oklahoma Law Library from 1974-1977, and then became Technical Services Librarian at the University of Mississippi Law School Library in 1978.  While at Ole Miss, she completed her J.D. magna cum laude in 1984, and immediately moved to St. Louis to become Circuit Librarian for the 8th Circuit.   She served as a member of the Executive Board of the American Association of Law Libraries from 2002-2005 and 2006-2009, and as its President in 2007-2008.

She has been married for 22 years to St. Louis native Ronald Bock, and they have a combined three children and five grandchildren.   In her spare time, she is a musician, playing bassoon in the Town and Country Symphony and the No Strings Attached Woodwind Quintet.

Ann said in a recent interview, "I mean it quite sincerely when I say that it has truly been an honor and a privilege to work for the Court and to contribute, in even a small way, to the administration of justice in the 8th Circuit." She and her husband have plans to begin traveling shortly after her departure from the 8th Circuit.

Congratulations, Ann!