Mark Podvia

Mark Podvia

Interim Co-Director of the WVU Law Library
and Head of Faculty Services, Special Collections Librarian, & Archivist


  • The Pennsylvania State University,
    Middletown, Pennsylvania
    Master of Arts in American Studies, 2006
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania,
    Clarion, Pennsylvania
    Master of Science in Library Science, 1993
  • The Dickinson School of Law,
    Carlisle, Pennsylvania,
    Juris Doctor, 1986
  • Grove City College,
    Grove City, Pennsylvania, 1983
    Bachelor of Arts cum laude 
    Majors: Political Science (High Honors), History (Honors)

Professional Experience

  • Head of Public Services, Special Collections & and Instruction Librarian
    West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, 2014-present
  • Associate Law Librarian and Archivist (1996 – 2014), Assistant Law Librarian and Archivist (1989 – 1996)
    The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1989-2014
  • Instructor/Assistant Professor of Political Science (Part Time)
    Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 2007-2010
  • Judicial Clerk and County Law Librarian
    57th Judicial District, Bedford, Pennsylvania, 1987-1989


  • Civics and You: Your Key to Pennsylvania Local Government, Chapter 6: The Courts 
    (e-book), (Pennsylvania Municipal League, 2014), available at
  • A Citizens’ Guide to a Modern Constitutional Convention in Pennsylvania (with Kerry L.Moyer, Ph.D.), (Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Civic Research Alliance, 2009), available at
  • “Introduction” (with Professor William E. Butler), pp. iii-xix, Hon. John Reed, Pennsylvania Blackstone; Being a Modification of the Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone, With Numerous Alterations and Additions (Reprint), (Clark, N.J.: Lawbook Exchange, 2006).
  • Part I, “The Early Years, 1750-1920,” pp. 1-87, Cumberland Justice: Legal Practice in Cumberland County, 1750-2000, (Carlisle, Pa.: Cumberland County Bar Association, 2001).

Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Northwest Ordinance” and “Titles of Nobility,” Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution, David Schultz, ed. (NY: Facts on File, 2008).

Selected Articles

  • “Dedication: Louis F. Del Duca,” 117 Penn State Law Review 1337-1342 (2013).
    “Frederick Douglass in Carlisle,” LH&RB, Spring 2012, at 17-25, reprinted in 5 Unbound 17-28 (2012).
  • “A Visit to Grandfather’s Law Office, or The Picture Book,” LH&RB, Fall 2011, at 10-15, reprinted in 5 Unbound 61-70 (2012).
  • “The ‘Japanese Memorial Law Library,’” LH&RB, Fall 2010, at 7-11, reprinted in 4 Unbound 59-65 (2011).
  • “The Honorable Frederick Watts: Carlisle’s Agricultural Reformer,” 17 Penn State
    Environmental Law Review 299-328 (Spring 2009).
  • “Pennsylvania Courthouse Architecture and Changing Attitudes Towards the Judiciary,” LH&RB, Spring 2009, at 1, reprinted in 2 Unbound 21-35 (2009).
  • “Twenty-Five Years of Excellence: Dickinson International Law Annual; Dickinson Journal of International Law; Penn State International Law Review,” 25 Penn State International Law Review 479-491; 589-614 (Fall 2006). 
  • “Dedication: Professor Joseph B. Kelly, “ 25 Penn State International Law Review 1-3 (Summer 2006). 
  • “Researching, Writing and Publishing Institutional History: An Ideal Quest for the Inquisitive Librarian,” Pennsylvania Library Association Bulletin, February 2006, at 6.
  • “The Victorian-Era Law Office: How to Furnish Your Workplace for Under $100,” 96 Law Library Journal 727-31 (Fall 2004).
  • “The Use of Trivia as a Tool to Enhance the Teaching of Legal Research,” 12 Perspectives 156-159 (Spring 2004).
  • “The Trials and Travails of Interlibrary Loaning for Law Review Cite Checks,” RIPS Law Librarian, Winter 2004, at 2.
  • “The Dickinson Law Review: A History,” 108 Penn State Law Review 747-853 (Winter 2004).
  • “Yes, Pittsburgh, There is a Santa Claus,” 7 Green Bag, 2d Series 33-39 (Autumn 2003).
  • “A Brief Introduction to the World War II Memoirs of Professor Joseph B. Kelly,” 21 Penn State International Law Review 445-448 (Spring 2003).
  • Selected Book Reviews

  • “The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America ed. by Brian P. Levack,“ LH&RB, Fall 2014, at __.
  • “The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr: Law, Politics and the Character Wars of the New Nation by R. Kent Newmyer,” LH&RB, Spring/Summer 2014, at 16-17.
  • “Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle by Margaret A. Leary,” 104 Law Library Journal 184-185 (Winter 2012).

Selected Professional Presentations

  • “Witchcraft Laws and Trials: Salem and Beyond,” Dauphin County Bar Association CLE Program (August 2014). 
  • “Highlights in Pennsylvania Library History: Pennsylvania’s County Law Libraries,” Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference (October 2013).
  • “Wine and the Law: An Overview of Wine and Winemaking from Ancient Babylon to the Modern Washington State Wine Industry,” American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting (July 2013). 
  • “Highlights in Pennsylvania Library History: The Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference (October 2012).
  • “The Law of the Salem Witch Trials,” American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting (July 2012).
  • “Legal Research: Is There a Generational Gap?” 2011 Berks County Bench-Bar Retreat (September 2011).
  • “Contemporary State Constitutional Conventions: Proposals for Pennsylvania and Beyond,” American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting (July 2011).
  • “Law Resources on the Web—A Workshop for Public and Law Librarians,” Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2010).
  • “Beer and the Law: A Legal History of Beer, Brewing and Government Regulation from the German Purity Law to the Microbrew Movement,” American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting (July 2008).
  • “The Ghosts of the Pennsylvania State University,” Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference (October 2007).
  • “Researching, Writing and Publishing: Making Institutional History Come Alive!,” Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference (September 2005).
    “Researching and Writing Institutional History,” American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting (July 2003).
  • “Interlibrary Delivery Service of Pennsylvania,” Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development (June 2002).

Activities and Areas of Interest

  • Travel, Reading, Photography, Hiking, Photography, Microbrew Beer, Wine, Music and Theatre, Ghosts, Haunting and Other Paranormal Activities, Canals and Railroads, Military History
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