We are deeply saddened by the passing of NYLI Board member Elizabeth “Bess” Reynolds on June 11, 2017.
Bess was one of the foremost experts on implementing electronic solutions for libraries and information centers, including advising libraries in transition from print to digital and managing online resources. Before her February 2016 retirement, Bess was the Electronic Resources Manager at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where she was instrumental in bringing new technologies to the firm that enhanced discovery of print and digital resources. Earlier in her career Bess worked at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, Bingham McCutchen, and in the financial industry.
The consummate law librarian, Bess readily shared her expertise with colleagues at the American Association of Law Libraries and its Private Law Libraries and Information Professionals Special Interest section, the Law Library Association of Greater New York, and other educational and professional organizations, including Harvard Law Library and the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. Her presentations and articles on developing and managing digital and e-book and other projects are such exemplars of clarity that PLLIP-SIS bestowed her with the 2016 Hall of Fame Award and the 2014 Advocate of the Year Award. She was also the recipient of the 2013 Fastcase 50 Award. An avid photographer, Bess will be fondly remembered as the unofficial chronicler of PLL&IP and LLAGNY events.
When Executive Director Lucy Curci-Gonzalez learned of her passing she had this to say,
“Bess was the consummate information professional colleague– engaged, intellectually interested, erudite, and so much more. NYLI and all law librarianship will miss her.”
Former NYLI Director Ralph Monaco commented,
“So sorry, deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Bess’s passing. I know what she meant to Debevoise and its staff and the part she played to help Debevoise become such a leader in the use of technology to increase access to information resources. As Executive Director at NYLI, I worked closely with Steve and Bess to integrate NYLI into Debevoise’ s workflow which set the stage for NYLI’s growth into remote access to electronic resources. She was such a great supporter of NYLI. I am so glad that I encouraged my Board to make her one of the two new librarian positions on the NYLI Board of Directors. I am so grateful to call her a colleague and friend. My deepest sympathies to her family, colleagues and friends.”
Bess was a graduate of Vassar College, New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Pratt Institute. She is survived by her husband David Lincoln Ross and two grown daughters.