Name: R. Martin Witt (“Marty”)
Title: Reference Librarian and International/Comparative Specialist
Generation: Generation X
I am tempted to take a cue from Kurt Vonnegut and identify myself as a man without a generation. I can, after all, be classified as either X or Y, depending on the dates one chooses to use. I tend to think of myself more as Generation X, while my boss insists I should fall into Generation Y. Being the good librarian I am, I will of course rely on the Library of Congress to settle this apparent dispute (in my favor). According to the LOC, the Generation X Subject Heading is applied to “works on the generation born between 1965 and the late 1970s” while the Generation Y Subject Heading is for “works on the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s.” So, being born in 1979, I can rightly claim Generation X (just barely).
Hometown: Albany, NY
Current City: Jacksonville, FL (since 2011)
- MLIS, Law Librarianship, University of Denver
- JD, Albany Law School
- BA, Urban Studies & Planning, University at Albany
What I love most about my work is the variety of challenges I face every day. Particularly because I deal with Foreign, Comparative, and International Law (FCIL), there are always new topics that come up and new resources that I need to use. That is what attracted me to FCIL work in the first place, and I don’t regret my decision to pursue this specialty at all. Before joining the Coastal team in my current position, I had the good fortune to be able to get some FCIL experience while still in library school. I completed an intersession program in Costa Rica, where I had the chance to do a case study of an academic law library there and compare it to the law library at the University of Denver (DU), where I was working and completing my MLIS degree. I also had the chance to take a class specifically on FCIL research and create the Treaty LibGuide for DU. For my final practicum project, I visited Shenzhen, China and interned at the Peking University School of Transnational Law, Legal Research Center for two months. I accepted my current position at Coastal while I was still in China, and have enjoyed having the opportunity to continue my work in the field of FCIL since.