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Paul Axel-Lute to Retire After 40 Years With Law Library

June 21, 2013 – 

Paul Axel-Lute, Deputy Director of the Law Library and Collection Development Librarian, has announced that he will retire at the end of the year from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Axel-Lute has been a member of the Law Library faculty since he joined the school as Federal Documents Librarian in 1973. 

In his 40 years with the library, Axel-Lute has been responsible for a broad range of responsibilities, including book selection, space planning, budgeting and fiscal control; statistical reporting; and reference and faculty liaison work. While the behind-the-scenes work has been prodigious, he is best appreciated by countless faculty, students and alumni for his assistance and support for their research.

Among his notable publications are the six editions of the New Jersey Legal Research Handbook; more than a dozen articles and essays on topics ranging from New Jersey statutes to legal citation form; and various pathfinders and bibliographies, including “The Law of Slavery in New Jersey” and “Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature.” 

In addition to publishing on a variety of legal research topics, Axel-Lute has taught sessions on legal research at the law school and other Rutgers units. He has also served as chair of the New Jersey Law Librarians Association’s Committee on Improving New Jersey’s Legal Publications (now known as the Government Affairs and Legal Information Committee), which successfully advocated for the first Internet publication of the New Jersey statutes.

Axel-Lute received a B.A. from Brandeis University an M.L.S. from the Rutgers Graduate School of Library Service (now known as the Rutgers School of Communication and Information).