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Mary Rumsey

Reference & Instructional Services Librarian

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

245 Winter Street SE
Salem  Oregon  97301


Mary Rumsey received a BA with distinction in philosophy and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. She earned a JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1984, and a Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 1998.

Rumsey practiced law for two years and then worked for West Group in its Westlaw Research and Development department. She was the Electronic Services Librarian at the William Mitchell College of Law before joining the University of Minnesota Law Library in June 2000 as the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian. In 2014, she left that position to become the Reference & Instructional Services Librarian at Willamette University College of Law.


  • JD, University of Chicago Law School
  • MLIS, Dominican University
  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selected Publications

  • International and Foreign Legal Research:  A Coursebook, 2d ed. (Brill, 2012) (with Marci Hoffman)
  • The Development of Human Rights Law (Ashgate, 2014) (edited with David Weissbrodt & Fionnuala Ni Aolain)
  • Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups and Human Rights (Edward Elgar, 2011) (edited with David Weissbrodt)
  • Nigeria, in Sources of State Practice in International Law, 2d ed. (Ralph Gaebler & Alison Shea eds., 2014)
  • Foreign and International Law Librarianship, in Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century, 2d ed. (Roy Balleste et al. eds., 2014)
  • The Skills They Need: International and Foreign Legal Research, 27 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 133 (2009)