CS-SIS Member Spotlight: Sue Altmeyer

The Computing-Services Special Interest Section is made up of awesome law librarians doing interesting things.   The CS-SIS Member Spotlight is designed to shine light on our membership so that we can learn more about each other and stay connected.

CS-SIS Member Spotlight:  Sue Altmeyer

Sue with her dog Shanto
Sue pictured with her dog Shanto

Path to Librarianship

After studying business at Ohio State and finishing law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Sue worked as a tax attorney for Ernst & Young.  Interested in trying something new, Sue accepted a clerkship at the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals.  There she found a previously undiscovered interest in research and writing.  A music-librarian friend encouraged Sue to consider law librarianship, and she discussed the option with her Cleveland- Marshall librarians.  Convinced that law librarianship sounded like a great job, she enrolled in library school at Kent State University.

Interest in CS-SIS

Sue became a member of CS-SIS in 2007 in her first library job as a reference librarian at Cleveland Law Library.  One of her tasks at the county library was web development, and she found CS to be a beneficial resource for learning about web navigation.  Sue returned to Cleveland-Marshall as a law librarian for her alma mater, and she is now working at University of Akron Law School.  These days, Sue finds value in Cool Tools Café presentations and the CS-roundtables held at AALL.  She notes that the conversations in Computing Services has changed over the years from creating databases of databases and second life to mobile design, apps, and educational technology.

CS-SIS going Forward

Program planners:  Sue would love to see more CS-SIS presentations on educational technology, gaming, and video production; training on Camtasia and Photoshop by experts, for instance, would be helpful.  She is also interested in learning more from firm librarians about apps that lawyers use in the real world, such a jury selection.  She keeps current and picks up many great ideas from KnowITAALL.

What’s Next?

Sue enjoys her time in front a class as a game show host (playing Kahoot!), assisting faculty in their research, and helping stressed out students get their work done.  When we visit Cleveland in 2021 for AALL’s annual meeting, we may find Sue creatively exploring video production or hiking and kayaking with Shanto, her border collie mix.


Thanks to Sue for her willingness to be interviewed for this CS-SIS member spotlight.  It was a delight to chat with her.  If you are interested in interviewing and writing a blog post about a CS-SIS member, please contact Tawnya Plumb at tplumb@uwyo.edu.