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Mari Cheney

Associate Director of Research and Instruction

Boley Law Library 154

Mari started working at Boley Law Library in 2012 and began her current role as Assistant Director, Research and Instruction in 2018. Prior positions at Boley have included Digital Resources Librarian, Reference Librarian, and Head of Research Services. Previously, Mari served as a reference librarian for the Utah State Law Library in Salt Lake City. Mari manages the research and instruction department, teaches legal research courses, supports faculty research, and provides reference services to all library patrons. She coordinates the legal research curriculum in the first-year lawyering program and teaches Legal Research: Administrative Law.

Course Descriptions

Legal Research: Administrative Law

Academic Credentials

  • BA, Walla Walla University, English
  • JD, American University, Washington College of Law
  • M.L.I.S., University of Washington, certificate in law librarianship


Published Works

The Hearing-Impaired Law Librarian: Navigating Silent Spaces, 25 AALL Spectrum, January/February 2021, at 24. 

Best Practices for Supporting Hearing-Impaired Law Library Patrons16 Public Services Quarterly, Aug. 2020, at 206. 

Tackling Administrative Law Research: 10 Tips to Help You Prepare Your Course or Workshop, 22 AALL Spectrum, March/April 2019, at 22 (with Julie Graves Krishnaswami and Jason Sowards).

Promoting Services and Celebrating Differences, 17 AALL Spectrum, Nov. 2012, at 22 (with Jennifer Dalglish and Sue Mecklem).

Utah Legal Research, William S. Hein & Co., Inc. (2011) (with Jessica Van Buren and Judge Martha Thomas).

Virtual Reference: No Budget? No Time? No Problem!, 15 AALL Spectrum, Nov. 2010, at 28.

Services for Attorneys at the Utah State Law Library, 23 Utah B.J., Mar.-Apr. 2010, at 26.

Researching the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 22 Utah B.J., Nov.-Dec. 2009, at 28.

Before the Utah Bar Journal, 22 Utah B.J., Sept.-Oct. 2009, at 38.

Web 2.0 Tools for Utah Attorneys, 22 Utah B.J., May-June 2009, at 33.

Researching Utah Administrative Law, 22 Utah B.J., Mar.-Apr. 2009, at 39 (with Jessica Van Buren).

Researching and Using Utah Appellate Briefs and Other Appellate Resources, 22 Utah B.J., Jan.-Feb. 2009, at 22.

Utah Legislative History Research Tips, 21 Utah B.J., Nov.-Dec. 2008, at 31.


Copyright & Fair Use: What it Means and How to Educate Users, presented at NWILL 2016, Sept. 8, 2016, in Portland, Oregon

Social Media Outreach in Law Libraries: Learn from Our Successes and Failures, presented at the WestPac Annual Meeting, Oct. 1, 2016, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Social Media Use in Law Libraries: Learn from Our Successes and Failures, presented at the AALL Annual Meeting, July 16, 2017, in Austin, Texas

Hiring and Managing Student Workers in the Law Library, presented at the WestPac Annual Meeting, Oct. 20, 2017, in Boise, Idaho

Top Ten Tips for Teaching Administrative Law Research, presented at the AALL Annual Meeting, July 16, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland

Cool Tools 2018 (Monosnap), presented at the AALL Annual Meeting, July 16, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland

Slack: The Internal Communications Tool You Never Knew You Needed, presented at the WestPac Annual Meeting, Sept. 29, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska

Do More With Less: Workplace Efficiency Tools, presented at the AALL Annual Meeting, July 14, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Accessibility and Instructional Design, presented at the Instructional Design for Law Librarians Workshop, July 30, 2020, online. 


AALL/LexsNexis, Short Form Award for “Legal Research Boot Camp: Bridging the 1L Knowledge Gap,” 2013.

AALL/LexisNexis, Short Form Award for “The Hearing-Impaired Law Librarian: Navigating Silent Spaces,” 2019.

11th Annual Boulder Conference Participant, 2019.

12th Annual Boulder Conference Participant, 2020.

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Member
AALL WestPac, Member


Location: Boley Law Library