Library Staff

Mitch Counts

Associate Dean for Information Services
Associate Professor of Law
Dean Counts has been a law librarian for 24 years and the Belmont University College of Law Library will be the third academic law library that he has started from scratch in the last twelve years.  He has also helped design and plan the physical space for five academic law libraries before coming to Belmont.

With over seven years of teaching experience, Professor Counts has previously taught Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Education Law.  He received his B.S. in Education degree from Central Michigan University, his J.D. from the South Texas College of Law, and his M.L.S. degree from Indiana University-Bloomington. 
Mitch Counts

Ian Blake Bourgoine

Public Access/Reference Librarian
Prior to joining the law library staff at Belmont, Mr. Bourgoine was an attorney practicing class action litigation in a number of states around the country. He is an inductee and graduate of the American Bar Association’s TIPS Leadership Academy (Class of 2008) and is the recipient of the American Law Library Association’s Scholarship Award.  In his current position, Ian is responsible for ensuring the availability of library resources to patrons as well as providing reference services.  He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of New Hampshire and his Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ian Bourgoine

Nathan Collins

Digital Resources/Reference Librarian
Nathan has almost seven years of professional law library experience.  Prior to joining Belmont,  Nathan worked at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida where he held the position of Head of Library Public Services and also served as Interim Director of the Law Library and Information Services.  In his current position, he is responsible for maintaining the databases and digital resources of the Law Library as well as providing reference service.  Nathan received his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, his J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his M.A. in Information Science and Learning Technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is a member of the Nebraska and District of Columbia bar associations.
Nathan Collins

Gypsy Moody

Cataloging Librarian
Gypsy has more than a decade of experience in various positions in academic libraries.  She has worked in circulation at Oral Roberts University, acquisitions at Trevecca Nazarene University, and government documents/cataloging at Vanderbilt University Law Library.  In her current position, Gypsy is responsible for entering records in the online catalog so that patrons can easily search and find the library’s resources.   Gypsy received her B.A. in International Community Development from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK and her Master’s degree in Information Science from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
 
Gypsy Moody

Nicholas Pleasant

Evening & Weekend Reference Librarian
Nicholas has been working in academic libraries since he began pursuing his undergraduate degree at Freed-Hardeman University 10 years ago. He was the recipient of the South Eastern Association of Law Libraries and the Mary E. Webster Edwards scholarships while pursuing his M.L.I.S. In addition to experience in law, academic, and archival collections Nicholas has accrued experience working as a law clerk in the Fraud section of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. in Montgomery, AL. He received his B.A. in History from Freed-Hardeman University, his M.L.I.S. from the University of Alabama, and his Juris Doctorate from Faulkner University where he was also inducted as a Jones Public Interest Law Foundation fellow. 
Nicholas Pleasant

Candyce Shelton

Library/Circulation Assistant
Candyce brings over a decade of experience working for independent book groups, library vendors, public and academic libraries, and municipal government to her role at Belmont.  In her current position, she will assist the Public Access/Reference Librarian in establishing the circulation function in the Law Library.  A 2003 Belmont graduate, Candyce received her B.A. in History, and is currently working toward a graduate degree in library science with an emphasis in web development and systems management at Drexel University Online.
Candyce Shelton

Rebecca Lester

Acquisitions/Budget Paraprofessional
Rebecca comes to Belmont University College of Law after working more than 25 years in public and academic libraries in Michigan and Florida.  In her current position, she is responsible for ordering Library materials and assisting the Associate Dean for Information Services in maintaining the day-to-day Law Library budget.  Rebecca attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Rebecca Lester

Sharon Chilton

Serials Paraprofessional
Sharon Chilton has worked in the library field, academic and public, for twenty years.  In her current position, she is responsible for maintaining the serials collection (periodicals and loose-leaf publications) for the Law Library.  Sharon received her Nursing degree from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and also attended the University of Northern Iowa.  She has previously worked at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Mohave County Library in Kingman, Arizona.
Sharon Chilton

Brandes Holcomb

IT Support Specialist
Brandes has been providing information technology support at academic institutions for over twenty years.  He began his career at the University of Tennessee at Martin Computer Center while acquiring his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from that institution.  Upon moving to Nashville in 1999, he spent the next eleven years with Vanderbilt University as a computer network and security administrator.  Brandes now provides computer and audio/visual support for the Belmont College of Law and Law Library faculty and staff.
Brandes Holcomb