The New York Law Institute (NYLI) is delighted to announce that Karen Oesterle has been named Head of Reference, succeeding Ralph Caiazzo, retiring this month.

Karen joined NYLI as a Research Librarian in May 2015 with over 25 years of experience selling books, eBooks, and Digital Libraries with Matthew Bender and LexisNexis.  Karen completed her MLIS from Drexel University in 2011 and began her second career in law librarianship after leaving LexisNexis.   Prior to beginning with Matthew Bender, she earned an MBA from Indiana University and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Active in the law librarianship profession and her community, Karen serves as Co-Chair for the American Association of Law Libraries Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section (AALLPLLIP-SIS) Awards Committee and Co-Chair for Corporate Sponsorship for Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY).  She served as LLAGNY Treasurer from 2016-2018.  In addition to LLAGNY, Karen is a member of AALL, the New Jersey Law Librarians Association (NJLLA), the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association (GPLLA), and the Law Librarian Association of the District of Columbia (LLSDC).  She offers frequent OverDrive training webinars for NYLI and presented NYLI’s poster at the AALL annual meeting in 2017.  NYLI Executive Director, Lucy Curci-Gonzalez, says that “Karen brings a deep understanding of the legal information industry, the law library community, customer service, and an understanding of our mission as a membership law library to NYLI, and we are so happy to recognize her contributions to NYLI and to promote her to a new role.”