Associate Law Librarian
Peter Hook has been an information professional for over twenty years. Having grown up in St. Louis, he obtained his first two degrees from the University of Kansas (B.A. 1994 & J.D. 1997). After practicing law for two years in Kansas City and Chicago, Hook became an academic law librarian—first at the University of Illinois (2000-01), and then at Indiana University—Bloomington (2001-04, 2006-12). While a librarian at IU-Maurer, Hook obtained a PhD in Information Visualization (2014). He spent three years teaching library and information science on the faculty of Wayne State University (2014-2017) before returning to academic law librarianship at Cornell (2018-2020), where he was Head of Digital and Scholarly Services. Hook has an active research agenda in which he uses visualization and data analytic techniques to make explicit the rich intellectual infrastructures of the law (e.g. Topic and Key Number system). His doctoral dissertation used data from the annual directories of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) to map the topics taught in legal education over time. Hook’s wife Maggie is a Double Domer and they have two young children. He feels blessed to be back in the Midwest and working for Notre Dame.