Published on May 6, 2020 by William Nunnelley  
Hutto Rebecca

Catalogue librarian Rebecca Hutto saw extensive changes in her field during her 41-year career in the law library of Samford’s Cumberland School of Law. She began at the law library before online systems were available.

“The initial automation was a highlight,” she said. “The technical services department was the first area of the law library that was impacted, and we were responsible for helping implement the first online library system.”

Hutto said planning and moving into the new law library building “was definitely a highlight” of her career.

“So much work was involved in the planning of the building and the moving of the books, and to see the final product was quite an exciting time.”

The Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library opened in 1995 and former President Gerald R. Ford was the speaker for the occasion.

Hutto earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Library Science from the University of Alabama before joining Cumberland in 1978. Over the years, she has been active in various professional associations including the American Association of Law Libraries, the Law Libraries Association of Alabama and the Southeastern chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Hutto retired Dec. 31, 2019, saying she would miss working with law students, law professors and future lawyers. “I have been blessed to have been a small part of Samford and the law library,” she said.

As for retirement, “I have a lot of ideas and plans including travel, but right now I am enjoying being home with my dogs on rainy Monday mornings.”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.