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California Library Hall of Fame: J. Myron (Mike) Jacobstein
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J. Myron (Mike) Jacobstein (1920-2005)

J. Myron Jacobstein began his career as a cataloger at the University of Chicago in the early 1950s. From there, he went on to work in libraries at the University of Illinois, Columbia University, and the University of Colorado, before accepting the position of law librarian and professor of law at Stanford, 1963-1987. There he expanded the library’s collection, services and technology, ultimately turning Stanford into a major research law library. Jacobstein was one of the original editors of the Index to Periodicals Related to Law (1958-2003) and helped instigate the creation of the alternative legal periodicals index now known as LegalTrac. He was also co-author of the basic textbook, Fundamentals of Legal Research, through eight editions until 2002. Jacobstein was a mentor, colleague and respected law librarian and law professor to many law librarians throughout California and nationwide. He taught at UC Berkeley for 15 years and for San José State University after retiring from Stanford. He also served in many capacities for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), including as president in 1977/78. Jacobstein received the AALL Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 1987 and was posthumously inducted as part of the inaugural class of the AALL Hall of Fame in 2010.

J. Myron Jacobstein was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2018. For more information, please see: