Karen Westwood is the Warren E. Burger Library’s head of reference at William Mitchell College of Law's. She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science in 1987 and worked in public and university libraries before launching her law library career as a circuit-riding prison law librarian for Law Library Service to Prisoners, a program of the Minnesota State Law Library, in 1990.
Through the years, Westwood worked her way up at the State Law Library, but in 2004 she left to attend law school at Hamline University School of Law. After graduating with honors in 2007, Westwood spent two years as a corporate attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist & Vennum, P.L.L.P., before coming to William Mitchell.