Candidate Statements
2020 Election

Candidate -- Vice Chair (2020-2021)/Chair-Elect (2021-2022):
James Mumm

Candidate -- Treasurer (2020-2022):
Kathy Layer

Candidate for Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Photograph: James Mumm.James Mumm
Copyright / Reference Librarian
Marquette University Eckstein Law Library
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1983, BA in Elementary Education, Concordia University Wisconsin
1985, MLIS, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


I received my MLIS in 1985 from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Library and Information Science, and have worked at three libraries: Concordia University Wisconsin (1980-1987), The Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries (1987-1989), and Marquette University Law Library / Eckstein Law Library (1989-present).

While at Marquette Law Library, I have held positions of Acquisitions / Serials Librarian and Copyright / Reference Librarian. Currently, in addition to copyright and reference, my focus is also on copy cataloging and some original cataloging. I am very familiar and comfortable with most aspects of the Innovative system as it relates to the law library and in having a shared system.

I am a member of AALL, TS-SIS, ALL-SIS and have served on various committees since 1989, including Chair of TS-SIS (1996-1997). I have been a member of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin since 1989, including President (2009-2010) (2020-2021) and Treasurer (2004-2008). I am also a charter member of Wisconsin Illinois Innovative Users Group (WILIUG) since 2005 (Treasurer from 2005-2007). I was also treasurer and served on planning team for "LibraryFest Midwest: The Midwest Regional Law Library Conference" held October 8-10, 1998 in Milwaukee, and I was Secretary / Treasurer for the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Conference (1988 to 1989).


I am running for the position of President elect of the Innovative Law Users Group because I feel that one of my strengths lies in organizational skills and evaluating the activities of small associations such as this one. ILUG has declined, both in terms of number of people attending meetings, and in terms of financial support that we receive from outside organizations, and so this suggest a pressing need for evaluation of the future of this organization. I have experience being chair / president of two organizations, and treasurer of ILUG as well as other organizations, including treasurer of a conference. I have the leadership background and feel that I would be a perfect fit for this role at this time.

Candidate for Treasurer

Photograph: Kathy Layer.Kathy Layer
Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
Western New England University School of Law Library;
ILUG Treasurer (2016-2018 term)


In March 2015, I began working at Western New England University School of Law Library as the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian and became involved with IUG and ILUG. During my 2016-2018 term as ILUG treasurer, I ensured timely completion that the tax returns, payments, accounting, and reporting. In addition, I served on the ILUG grants committee and nominating committee, and the IUG programming committee.

I have a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a paralegal certificate from Boston University, and a MLIS from San José State University. Additionally, I am adjunct faculty at Elms College. Prior to joining Western New England University, I volunteered as a law librarian with the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, and worked as a reference librarian at Smith College, Westfield State University, and Mount Wachusetts Community College.

Law librarianship is a second career for me. For several years, I was a paralegal with law office administration responsibilities in California, Vermont and Massachusetts firms. At times, I was responsible for maintaining the trust and operating accounts. Other bookkeeping and account reporting experience as a paralegal included assisting clients or counsel in maintaining conservatorship, guardianship, and estate accounts, preparing accountings for filing with the court, and summarizing lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages.


Being involved with IUG and ILUG is important to me. Many of you have helped me navigate through issues I encountered. I want to continue to give back to ILUG and one way to do this is to give you my time and share my experience in bookkeeping, account reporting, and tax return preparation. It was my pleasure to serve you as your treasurer during the 2016-2018 term and I would be honored to be elected by the ILUG membership as their treasurer in the upcoming election.