By Megan McClure
Eric Glover joined the Idaho Legislative Research Library in summer 2016 as Legislative Librarian. His duties include oversight of the library, providing research and reference services, cataloging, collection maintenance, and indexing.
Prior to joining the library, Eric served as public services librarian and interim co-director of the law library at Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho. Prior to that, he served in the legal profession as a judicial law clerk, deputy prosecuting attorney, deputy attorney general, and attorney in private practice.
Q: How did you decide to work for the Legislature?
A: I was working as a law professor and librarian at a law school in Boise, Idaho when I learned that the long-time legislative librarian of the Idaho Legislative Research Library was leaving her position to become a legislative research analyst (bill drafter).
As a former judicial law clerk and prosecuting attorney, I often used the library to research the legislative history of a statute to use in court. I remember every interaction I had with library staff was outstanding. They were not only helpful but they consistently provided me with outstanding research services.
I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to use my degrees in political science, law, and library and information science, and experience as a lawyer and librarian to serve the legislators, legislative staff, and other patrons. I’m happy I applied because I love my job and the people I work with.
Q: What do you find enjoyable and rewarding about working in the legislature?
A: As a legislative librarian, I respond to inquiries from members of the legislature and legislative staff, as well as state agencies and departments, local governments, judges, attorneys, reporters, and members of the public.
What I find most enjoyable is the opportunity to conduct research and provide information and analysis on a wide range of issues so that legislators and legislative staff may perform their duties more efficiently and effectively.
One of the particularly rewarding aspects of working with my colleagues in the Idaho Legislative Services Office is the opportunity to learn from people who have developed a wealth of institutional knowledge of the legislature, as well as experience and expertise in the legislative process.
Megan McClure is a senior staff assistant in NCSL's Legislative Staff Services program.