Darcy Kirk joined the UConn Law faculty in 1996, just two months before the opening of the law library she was hired to direct. A nationally recognized expert in her field, Associate Dean Kirk directs all library operations and oversees information systems serving the entire Law School community. In 2014, Associate Dean Kirk also was named associate dean of academic affairs at the Law School. A tenured professor since 2000, she also teaches Advanced Legal Research and Higher Education Law.
A graduate of Vassar College, Simmons College (where she earned her MLS and MBA) and Boston College Law School, Associate Dean Kirk came to UConn with more than 25 years of academic library experience, including positions at Widener Library at Harvard, the Boston College Law Library, and Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as associate librarian for public services from 1989-1996.
Associate Dean Kirk holds leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), where she previously served as president, and the New England Law Library Consortium, where she serves as treasurer and a member of the executive committee. She is also past president of the Law Librarians of New England. Associate Dean Kirk is a frequent presenter at AALL and other professional conferences, where she speaks on teaching legal research skills and many other topics including, recently, the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act. She is the author of “The Law School Librarian: Filling in the Gaps,” in The Law School Librarian’s Role as an Educator: Leading Librarians on Adapting to New Technologies, Maximizing Research, and Helping Students Transition from Law School to Law Firm.
Associate Dean Darcy Kirk will receive the the Edgar Award from the Law Librarians of New England for her contributions to the field of law librarianship. She will be only the eighth recipient of the award since it was established in 1998. The award will be presented on Oct. 16, 2020, during the Fall 2020 Virtual Conference of the Law Librarians of New England and the Southern New England Law Librarians Association, hosted by the UConn School of Law. The Law Librarians of New England is a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, which awarded Kirk the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor, in 2019.