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Carl A. Yirka

Library Director Emeritus, Professor of Law

JD, Indiana University (Bloomington), 1984;
MS, Case Western Reserve University, 1975;
BA, Columbia University, 1974

Phone: 802-831-1443

Awards and Affiliations


Teaching at VLS:

Professor and Director of the Julien and Virginia Cornell Library, since 1989.

Leadership and Service:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Vermont/Karelia Rule of Law Committee.
  • Helped negotiate agreement with sister school, Petrozavodsk State University Law Faculty, Karelia, Russia, and consulted on library and the Internet, since 1993.
  • Editor, "Best Legal Reference Books," Law Library Journal, 1988-90.


  • At VLS, oversees the Cornell Library with a growing collection of about 2,300 periodical and serial titles, and 230,000 volumes; a special collection in environmental law; a budget surpassing $1-million; five librarians; and six support staff.
  • Project Director, The Vermont Law School and Petrozavodsk State University Law Faculty Legal Education Partnership, 1998-2002. A four-year university partnership partially funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Information Agency under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended. A second, three-year grant has been funded for the period 2002-2005.
  • Associate Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School, 1985-89.
  • Acquisitions Librarian, Indiana University School of Law, 1983-84.
  • Head, Acquisitions Department, Northwestern University School of Law Library, 1978-82.
  • Reference Librarian, Chase Law School, Northern Kentucky University, 1975-78.