July/August 2014

Retirement of Jim Voelker, Deputy Circuit Librarian

Deputy Circuit Librarian Jim Voelker will be retiring September 30 after 29 years of Court service, including 23 in the 8th Circuit as Deputy Circuit Librarian, and six in the 6th Circuit as CALR librarian. Jim holds a JD from the University of Akron and an MLS from Kent State University. He began his law library career in Ohio, working as a part-time reference librarian in two law schools and as librarian for Western Reserve Legal Services.

He became CALR librarian for the 6th Circuit in 1985, and transferred to the 8th Circuit as Deputy Circuit Librarian in 1991. I found Jim to be a good fit for that position because his technology and research skills complemented my background in technical services and administration.

Jim has handled a variety of duties over the years, primarily involving reference, library publications, and supervision of circulation, interlibrary-loan, and shelving. He has been the primary compiler of our popular weekly Newswatch service, where he has regularly demonstrated excellent instincts on court interests. His calm demeanor has been reassuring to staff during times of challenge, and I have had complete confidence leaving the library in his charge whenever I have needed to be away.

Jim’s plans for the future include enjoying his avocation, chess, in which he is an accomplished tournament
player, including three-time Missouri champion. He will play in the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence
tournament in October, and will continue on the Board of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Chess Association and former editor of the Missouri Chess Bulletin.

Best wishes, Jim!